Poplar Park – Riding club Area 8 qualifier – 22nd June
I was looking forward to our riding club team event at poplar park as I really wanted to qualify for the Riding club national championships in August.
Oscar did a pleasing test to score 30.5 (69.5%) and was feeling very well in the show jumping warm up and I felt as if my brakes were not as good as they should be!
He was clearly enjoying himself and jumped another clear round sj. The xc course was similar to the BE event that I competed in earlier in the year so I was feeling confident.
I had a bit of a nasty first fence xc – partly as he set of so fast and keen. However we put this behind us and jumped another confident clear.
Unfortunately our team came 2nd which just missed out on qualification however I won my class individually so I have qualified for the Riding Club national championships as an individual.
This means extra fitness sessions for Oscar and I as it is an old fashioned long phase 3 day event which includes an endurance day of roads tracks, steeplechase, more roads and tracks, 10 mins recovery then a normal xc course and then show jumping on the final day.
Stratford Hills – 15th June
After Oscar’s confident round at our last event at Little Downham I moved him back up to 100 level for our most local event Stratford Hills.
I was pleased with his test however slightly disappointed with his dressage mark of 34. The show jumping was proving to be very influential however Oscar jumped our best round to date and was not so strong as he has been.
Xc was his biggest test since Badminton there was a tricky water complex question and I thought he may think about the fence before the water as it looked as if you dropped in to the water.
He was fantastic flying round the course and not thinking about anything. I knew the time is always really hard to get at this event as it is very hilly so tires the horses. I made the most of the flat ground so I didn’t have to push up the hills and was really pleased to get 0 time penalties (there were only about 5 people all day that came inside the time!)
I was pleased to find out that we came 3rd so another Badminton regional final qualification.
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