Maddy and Rosie are NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!

August has undeniably been the best month this year, with successes both in and out of the show ring.

We began the month at Stoneleigh Park, for the Trailblazers National Championships with Rosie, for which we’d qualified earlier this year. We were in the Senior 85cm class, amongst 60 of the best unaffiliated combinations in the country, and had to jump on both Thursday and Friday in order to accumulate as many points as we could.

Thursday couldn’t have gone much better, with Rosie pulling out a speedy clear to place 6th, and gain us 20 points ahead of the second round.

On Friday we had our second round, in which you jump one round and if you come away with no penalties, you then advance to a jump off in which you jump a shortened course as quickly as you could. Rosie came out raring to go, and attacked every jump for a clean clear round to get us through to the jump off. By the time all 60 competitors had jumped there were 22 clears, making the fight for the top 10 that much more difficult. However in true Rosie style, she ate up the tense atmosphere to pull off yet another speedy clear and eventually end up in 4th place, gaining us another 32 points.

As the only combination that jumped clear over all three rounds, and the combination that accumulated the most points over the two days, Rosie and I were crowned Trailblazers National CHAMPIONS!!! An achievement I never thought I’d reach, and especially never expected to reach with this incredible horse. She is such a special little horse with such a bright future ahead of her. The weekend after, Scoops and I braved the vile weather and headed off to the Great Midlands Horse Show at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre. Our 80cm didn’t go as planned, with a run out early on in the course giving us 4 faults, but our 90cm round was far better, and after a super round we won the class! However we still have a lot to work on after some naughty habits arising.

A couple of weekends after, and a few problems assessed, we headed off to Onley’s two day show. With Scoops on Saturday and Rosie on Sunday. Yet another 4 faults with Scoops in the 80cm, but a well deserved clear in the 90cm gave us a 3rd place. Sunday was a quieter day at Onley with Rosie, who was off competing for her first time since Trailblazers. Another 4 faults in both the 80cm and 90cm, but 2 quick rounds gave us a 5th in the 80cm and 3rd in the 90cm, and being the quickest in the 90cm by 2 seconds! During August I also got my GCSE results, which revealed that all my hard work and revision paid off.

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