Buy 10 digital images for £40 = £10 discount


21st May 2015
At last we had good times! Left the yard at 7.30 and arrived around 9am giving me a couple of hours to walk the course and get trad sorted. Super trainer & groom Jenny had ridden Trad the night before, then bathed, plaited & trimmed him for me whilst I attended a funeral - he looked fabulous!

Dressage went well (for us), scoring an improved 35.5. It felt more consistent throughout and the scores showed this as we got all 6’s & 7’s. Still lots of work to do but that magical sub 35 doesn't seem so far away now.

We headed over to SJ where we found a nearly empty warm up. Jumped a few fences, watched one and then we were in. Trad jumped his usual solid round, unfortunately just touching the top pole on the second fence which fell. No real reason as far as I know, was on the right striding it was just one of those things.

At xc warm up we had a little wait so jenny checked on the Badminton scores to keep us entertained. That kept us nicely distracted until it was our turn. When called to the start box Trad has started to get a bit cheeky doing funky little spins & leaps - who'd have thought he would get so excited? Off we went, a little spooky (as usual) over the first few fences, which included taking off way too early at the second! Typically this was at the Fence my photographer friend Shane was at, we had a little laugh as I galloped past. The rest of the round was pretty uneventful really, felt nice and smooth once we had settled into galloping.

Once Trad was all sorted we headed over to the scoreboard to discover that we'd gone clear inside the time and that we had finished 13th. All good apart from that pesky pole in the SJ had cost us 4th place which would have been our first top ten finish! Oh well, never mind. We still enjoyed an ice cream at the end of the day!

It's taken me a couple of weeks to finish this blog off as I've been busy, mostly updating websites and I recently was asked to photograph a simply stunning holiday let. In addition to this last week Otto and I headed to Aston Le Walls to photograph my sponsored rider Harriet Upton who had three horses in the BE100. That as usual was a fun day out. Next up in just a matter of days is Tweseldown, which is due to be out last BE100 before stepping up to Novice.

Laybrook Farmhouse

Harriet riding Boo (Dramatic Effect)

Leave a comment

Your Name
Your Email
Your Comment
No info required here, please press the button below.