Milton Keynes – 24th August
A civilized start to the day, I was competing Oscar in the BE90 Regional Final which was a qualifier for the Badminton Grassroots Championships.
He had had a few weeks off from competing and I could tell as soon as I got on him to warm up for the dressage – he was rather lively!
He settled in the warm up but as soon as I started to trot around the arena I could feel him tense up and he became unsettled in his mouth which was very disappointing and I was a bit frustrated with his test – I knew that unless the jumping was causing problems then we would probably not get our qualification today. He scored 29 (which was very generous by the judge!) but there were quite a few mid 20’s so I was still out of contention.
Show jumping and XC went very well with him still feeling full of beans and he jumped clear in both phases which I was very pleased with. I slowed my XC down a lot as it was a slower speed than we have recently been competing at and I have another Regional final next weekend so did not want to take too much out of him to save him for another day. Nonetheless we came in exactly on the optimum time so finished on our dressage score of 29.
A pleasing day and you can never be ungrateful about a double clear and both Oscar and I coming back safe and sound.
Dressage lesson booked for Friday before our next competition on Saturday.
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