Our first double clear
Jimmy was doing his last BE80 at Shelford on Sunday and we were hoping to put all the hard work and promise shown at home in to practice at an event. Shelford is just down the road for us, and we are normally one of the earlier ones to run, it was a bit different warming up for the dressage with more than just a few others in there.
It was lovely to meet a lady that been reading my blogs and recognised Jimmy - was lovely to meet you, but sorry I didn't catch your name.
Jimmy warmed up well for the dressage and was happy to go forward as soon as we arrived and there is no sign of back up and hopping around the warm up like there once was. I feel like I slightly over cooked him in the warm up and lost the forwardness in the arena, which is a shame, but the only way we are going to know these things is to keep trying different things.
I say I over cooked him, it wasn't that bad, but it did leave us one place from the bottom of the section - whoops! still lots of work and ring craft to be worked on here I feel!!
But with eventing iv learnt that it doesn't all end in the dressage arena. There is still a long way to go.
I really needed to keep Jimmy in that bubble and not to go on a long stride when we got a bit wrong, and as you can see from the title of this blog we managed just that. Jimmy went CLEAR in the show jumping :o) If you watch the video with the sound on, be prepared for some very funny commentary from Mum. (oh and me when I jump the 3rd last!!)
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Also with finishing bang on the XC time we have been awarded one of the 'Technical Merit Awards' for the BE80ts - an award for double clears closest to the XC time. This means I have gone in to the draw to win a Charles Owen hat and training vouchers from BE!!
Our very quite June is starting to fill up and it looks like we will be out most weekends. Jimmys next event will be the BRC Qualifier at Keysoe on the 21st June where he will be doing his first BE90!!!
Until then, lots of practice, practice, practice.