Time fly's when your having fun
Next stop was Solihull, and after walking the course I was pleased we had been to Aylesford in the week before, it was a full up BE90 course, as it was a RF qualification for many. Jimmy did another good dressage test, which was slightly ruined with him getting a fly in his ear before I started, which meant our walk and halt were no where near as good as they can be, but our trot and canter work was so much better, so we were really pleased. The SJ was on a surface and Jimmy jumped really well, we had the second to last fence down, but he flew round everything else and didn't touch a pole. The XC course was causing a lot of problems all the way round. Jimmy was mega and did a lovely clear just over the time allowed, we managed to even get a bit of trot and canter in the water, which was a massive improvement as we have been struggling with this since our bath at Keysoe.
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After Frickley we had a not so good run at the UA event at Eland lodge, Jimmy was VERY excited warming up for the dressage, not sure bucking is the best thing to be doing while hes in the dressage saddle! he did calm down and did a good dressage test, but it was very funny. He jumped really well in the show jumping, just having two unlucky rails. The XC course was a big 90, they tend to use a lot of the BE100 fences at the UA events, and these fences were too much for Jimmy to cope with, and we carried on and just missed these out. After Eland we went to Aylesford Equine to use their all weather surface with steps and water and we got Jimmy happy with dropping down steps and jumping in to water, so hopefully this had solved this little problems we came across.
Prestwold was on bank holiday Monday and we got typical bank holiday weather, I don't think we have ever been so wet!!
I don't think Jimmy was overly impressed with the amount of rain we were getting either. He did a good dressage test considering the downpour, but we were a long way off the leaders. SJ was ok, when warming up he didn't like the mud hitting is tummy very much so I choose not to over jump him, he jumped a fab round, but with me taking it steady round the corners we had a couple down and some time faults. I was in two minds about running him XC, but decided we would go for it, but if he didn't feel 100% happy I was going to pull him up. Jimmy pulled me out of the start box and cantered round happily without looking twice at anything, we even managed to canter in and out of the water!!! it was worth going XC just for that bit. We finished full of confidence, so really pleased we gave it a go.
We are hopefully going back to Frickley at the weekend, but at the moment our truck isn't working, so hoping on getting a lift.
Cant believe its nearly the end of the season, when everything is starting to get going. A busy winter ahead for Jimmy with indoor events and a busy one for me planning our wedding.......!