Fun at Frickley
Frickley has to be one of my favourite events and they have just introduced the Yorkshire Challenge which is for horses and riders at BE100 level. Im hoping that this is something that I can aim Jimmy toward over the next couple of years, due to the fact that I had a go at an Intermediate with Twizzy, I can no longer aim for the grassroots champs :( but as we didn't do advanced, we can aim for this new championship.
We took but Jimmy and Charlie to Frickley and with dressage at 9.20 and with no time to walk XC after dressage meant a very early start to get there on time.
If anything I was a little bit disappointed with how hard the ground was in the dressage field. We have had an awful lot of rain at home over the past week, so maybe the team at Frickley were expecting this as well so didn't do anything or very little to the ground. Luckily Jimmy wasn't too bothered by the ground, but he was a little bit backward in his trot work than normal. We did another good test without too many errors to get a score of 35.5.
The layout in the show jumping was my worst nightmare. The arena was built on undulating ground, with dog legs, tight turns back on your self, planks, a double on slopping ground and next to the trade stands. Plenty of questions for Jimmy and I. After falling over a fence in the warm up due to Jimmy not looking at all where he was going it was our turn to go. Jimmy was flying, he jumped a really good round as you can see from the video below, but we had two unlucky poles down. Im more than happy with two down as Im sure with lots more work we can get this down to one or maybe even a clear.........
Jimmy is getting a little bit of a name for himself for being a bit of a XC machine. The course at Frickley walked lovely, a bit hard in places, but the course looked lovely and inviting. There wasn't much of a wait once we got over to the warm up and before I knew it we were off. Jimmy flew out of the start box and set off really well. He launched over fence two with his head between his legs as he was spooking at the flowers on the fence. He carried on over the next 3 without taking a second look, we then went into a wooded area to jump out over a roll top with brush, he dropped to trot here, but jumped out with no problems. There was then a steeple chase fence followed by a hedge. Then a few questions came up rather quickly. A roll top to a step down followed by a skinny roll top. Jimmy jumped massive off the step and gained up far to much ground and got very close to the 3rd part, he did a bunny hop over it and off we went to the corner which we took on a rather advanced line and kicked on towards the trakaner, which he didn't even glance at. We kicked on over the next few fences towards the water. Since our swim in the water at Keysoe we don't always manage to canter through, Jimmy felt very backwards going over the fence before the water and dropped to a walk to go and get his feet wet, a bit of pony club kicking got him back in to trot once we were in and off we went to finish over the last 3 fences.
We picked up 1.6 time faults, so nothing too bad, and if we can get cantering through water again we should be well inside the time :)
We finished up in 14th place which im really chuffed with.
Jimmy has now got a couple of weekends off before the UA event at Eland followed by Solihull then Prestwold and before you know it, it will be September and back to Frickley!!