“Over the last few weeks Dinero has had his shoes off because he hasn’t got very good feet and he doesn’t need shoes to do dressage; because of this he hasn’t done too much while he gets used to not having the shoes on. I have started to do more work with him again now and I will take him out for some dressage later this month with the aim of getting enough points to qualify us for the Elementary summer regionals.
Crème spent the last few weekends out show jumping and cross country training in preparation for Chilham (last weekend). Unfortunately two weeks before Chilham I came off of him when we were cross country training (through no fault of his own, he just did a massive jump, I lost my stirrup and then at the next element he went one way and I went the other!) At the time we were not sure if I had done something to my ribs because they were very painful so I could not get back on. I couldn’t ride for that next week so I was very lucky because mum kept Crème going in the hope that I would be okay for Chilham. Luckily I think it was just bruising and badly pulled muscles because at the end of that week it was much better and I was able to jump crème and we went cross country schooling again. My air jacket had gone off when I had fallen off and he was then convinced that every cross country jump was going to eat him (I think he was associating them with the air jacket bang!) At the end of the session we were pleased with how he had gone and decided to give Chilham a go, especially as it is our only local event.
Chilham Park was Crème’s first BE90. It was a mixed day. The day started really well with a lovely 26 dressage! Then Crème jumped his best round yet in the show jumping and just had one down. The cross country was a lovely new course, however it wasn’t good for his first BE90 with the whole first half being up hill and with a number of questions. He started well, however he was very unsure about a house that was downhill to a drop and I think by that time he had already taken so much in that his brain switched off! Despite this we were still pleased with how he had done until then and really happy with the showjumping and dressage. We took him back to Chilham on the bank holiday Monday and he jumped the combination that we had a problem at and the rest of the course with no problems.”