Since the national championships in August Rosie has had a short break from competing, so October has been an especially busy month for Scoops.
We started the month with a mini one day event at Newbold Verdon, a competition I’d usually avoid with Scoops because he goes a bit loopy on grass! However I plucked up the courage to enter and couldn’t be happier I did. Our dressage was good to get a 38 (62%) which, for Scoops, is pretty pleasing. Then onto what I was dreading... the jumping. We headed up to the grass arena and after a somewhat speedy warmup we set off for showjumping. Much to my surprise Scoops was relatively sane and jumped a lovely clear around the showjumping. Unfortunately a mixture of nerves and inexperience meant the cross country didn’t go our way and we had to miss out a few of the spookier jumps on course, but despite this we came across the finish line smiling.
The week later we headed to Dallas Burston Polo Club for the BRC Arena Eventing Qualifiers with Scoops in the 90cm. What can only be described as a rather speedy round to give us a hefty amount of time faults, along with one run out at a spooky cross country fence, meant we were very easily knocked out of the placings. However I couldn’t have been prouder of our performance especially after a tricky few months.
After a weekend off Scoops and l headed back out again to our so-called ‘nemesis venue’ Vale View, where everything always seems to go wrong one way or another. However luck was on our side and we managed to make it round both the 75cm and the 85cm and even won the 85cm! A much needed confidence boost ready for the rest of the winter season.
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