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Event Report - Arena Eventing at Keysoe, 9th February 2014

12th February 2014
Last Sunday saw Trad and I taking a trip to Keysoe for the first time for a three-phase arena eventing competition. It was a rather windy day but for once recently there wasn’t too much rain.

Dressage to start with and not so good unfortunately… Warm up was ok but when we went into the arena Trad was a bit full of himself and proceeded to speed around the arena with me just about managing to hold on. We ended up with a generous 39.5. Here’s the video/test…

Show jumping I wasn’t particularly happy with, I was a bit rushed getting over there and hadn’t walked the course, just watched a few and went in. I started ok but lost my head a bit and started to chase for strides (again) instead of using the corners to rebalance and set up for the fences. Also didn’t sit up enough, my muscle memory is still reverting to bad habits. We ended up with one down (could have been worst). Here’s the video…

XC was 10 fences in the outdoor arena, 5 were up to 100 height and the rest at 90. Trad was very keen and we both enjoyed whizzing around. Most of it was good but we did get a little close to a couple so had to skip over some. I again got a bit too forward and ahead of myself. Here’s the video…

Feedback from the boss (aka Jenny my friend / Trad's Spinal Therapist and all around top helper) was:

Just watched the videos… dressage is… well, hilarious! He looks wild! You might have to get a bit forceful & use all that height of yours to demand a bit of respect back! Usual stuff - sit up, get control & don't give up!

SJ is not as bad as you thought. You lost it on the corners after the first line. Just need to sit up, get that inside leg wedged on to keep him out & into the rein. If you feel him die on you, then he needs a kick on landing to get the canter back ASAP.

XC - is pretty good, because you have a better canter. Just don't look down over the fence & maintain the canter right to the end.

You just have to regain some control back but he looks great though, definite progress!

I can’t say I disagree with Jenny’s comments and I’m very lucky to have her on board as a good friend who I can trust to be honest but she is also very experienced and really explains things in a way that I understand (which sometimes can be a challenge).

More training to come, next up is XC schooling... if the rain ever stops!

Oh and there was a cool rainbow just after we finished...

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