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Preparation continues

05th April 2015
Since combined training a couple of weeks ago I’ve been continuing to get Trad ready for our first event at Larkhill which is less than a week away now with a bit of fast work in the hay field at the yard.

On Saturday 29th March, Jenny took Trad to the Addington Unaffiliated Winter Dressage finals to compete in the Novice championships. They qualified earlier in the winter as part of Trad’s dressage boot camp. In the warm up and the first part of the test Trad went really well but the trickier movements and bigger arena was a bit too much for him and he tired and lost some impulsion. The score was a little disappointing but both Jenny and I were still really pleased with how much he has improved since last year.

Trad & Jenny looking good!

On Wednesday I went to my first event of the season supporting Harriet Upton who was riding Danny at Somerley Park in the Open Intermediate. Harriet had an average day on Danny with a fair dressage of 33, one pole and three time in the SJ and then quite a few time faults in the XC. They finished out of the top ten but if Harriet had kicked on a bit they could have easily picked up a rosette. On Thursday Harriet returned with four horses and three of them finished in the top ten, with Arabella jumping a double clear for 7th.

Harriet & Danny at Somerley Park

As well as taking photos of Harriet I took Otto along to his first event and I have to say he was pretty well behaved, if a little excited! There were lots of well-known horses on show in the OI sections including Chilli Morning, the super impressive medal-winning Stallion ridden by William Fox-Pitt. The ground looked good on Wednesday when I walked the Intermediate and BE100 tracks but sadly the dressage and SJ got worse over the following two days as more rain fell.

William Fox-Pitt & Badminton bound Chilli Morning

On Good Friday Jenny and I helped each other with a jumping session. Basically she tells me what to do with the jumps and she then jumps them with her lovely 4-year-old Mouse. Then once finished she puts them up and tells me what to do on Trad… works well for me!!

I have a dressage lesson on Monday and then that’s it, five days until the season starts for Trad and I. Must admit I’m really excited to see how he goes, fingers crossed please everyone.

Happy Easter and check back next week to see how things went at Larkhill.

Here are some more photos from Somerley Park, more can be seen on the gallery section of the site.

Tina Cook

Millie Dumas

Somerley Park is a beautiful setting for an event

Pippa Funnell

Website customer Rosie Fry

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