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Sponsored Rider Update – Sarah Gadd

June 18, 2015 Sarah

There have been a few ups and a few downs over the past couple of months for Sarah Gadd!

Back at the end of April, Sarah took new ride Diaz out to a local dressage:

“I was very excited to be taking her out to her first ever grown up show and I’m very pleased as she behaved beautifully! We did the Intro A (walk & trot) test and scored 59% first, she did what was asked when it was asked but her attention was elsewhere to start with. We then let her stand by the warm up and take it all in before going in for our second test, Prelim 7. She performed a lovely test and really concentrated on me this time which was great and just shows she’s got such a good attitude to work and she’d learnt / realised what the job was herself! We scored 65% in this test finishing just outside the placing’s in 7th in a class of 20+ so we were very pleased. Her owner came to watch as well and was very pleased with her progress :)”

Next it was onto Chilham on May Day Bank Holiday weekend:

“First up was mum’s ‘big’ Milli (Foxborough Star) and we were competing in our first BE90 together. I hadn’t competed the mare out on grass or jumped a XC fence on her since this time last year but she had been going very well for my sisters recently so we felt she was ready, plus she’s such a big mare we have to give her something to actually jump height-wise or I’m sure she’ll just fall over it! We started off with a great dressage test to score 33.8 which put us mid-field after this phase, not bad considering we didn’t have any studs in and she doesn’t even have shoes on behind, plus the ground at Chilham was brilliant! Show Jumping was next and as we entered the arena poor Milli had a baby melt down and the big white tents and flapping yellow flags were terrifying! She did jump a good round though knocking two down which were just baby mistakes and we turned a circle around one fence which cost us some time penalties as well but once she’d taken in her surroundings she got on with the job. Onto the XC and she was very ‘full of it’ in the warm up with everybody cantering round! She set of out the start box well and was taking me to the fences which felt good as she was being very bold and brave! She was flying  through all the combinations and then we got to the second water and I had to circle in between the A and B elements as she jumped in so big over A I didn’t want to haul her round the tight turn into the water and then she took some persuasion to go into the water so we picked up some penalties here for a hesitation and circle. A little frustrating as she cantered straight through the first water without hesitation… she clearly didn’t want to get her toes dirty as the second water was muddier than the first! She went on to finish the course very strongly which is just what we wanted. She came away from the event having learnt an awful lot hopefully and we can’t wait to get her out again! Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWRKqbtkMyY

Big Milli May 2015

Some busy weekends training with outings for both SJ and XC followed, until the first weekend in June when there was a bit of a mishap!

“I have frustratingly broken my hand in a few places! I was having my two new saddles fitted by Dave, courtesy of D A Saddles, and Milli had a cheeky moment at a tiny fence which resulted in me doing an involuntary dismount! I landed on my feet so am still unsure how I broke my hand as I was still holding her with my broken hand! I knew straight away I had done some form of damage to my hand as I had really bad pins and needles! Prior to us parting company in my new Orpheus dressage saddle Milli was schooling amazingly and felt so free through her back and shoulders, plus her medium trot was feeling great. I went off to A&E and I was sent straight to have an x-ray. I was then asked to go and wait back in reception whilst they looked at the x-ray. I wasn’t sat for long this time before they called me back in and gave me the news that I’d ‘done a good and proper job’ and broken my hand in a few places! Great, just what I wanted to hear!!! I then had to sit in the ‘cast throne’ as they called it waiting to have a cast put on it!”

Broken hand June 2015

Luckily, there was great news at the hospital the next day that she didn’t need another cast, but had to have her last two fingers strapped together and was told to take it easy before her next appointment and x-ray in 6 weeks time! She is now having a well deserved break in Ibiza!

 

Sponsored Rider Update – Sarah Gadd

June 18, 2015 Richard Martin

There have been a few ups and a few downs over the past couple of months for Sarah Gadd!

Back at the end of April, Sarah took new ride Diaz out to a local dressage:

“I was very excited to be taking her out to her first ever grown up show and I’m very pleased as she behaved beautifully! We did the Intro A (walk & trot) test and scored 59% first, she did what was asked when it was asked but her attention was elsewhere to start with. We then let her stand by the warm up and take it all in before going in for our second test, Prelim 7. She performed a lovely test and really concentrated on me this time which was great and just shows she’s got such a good attitude to work and she’d learnt / realised what the job was herself! We scored 65% in this test finishing just outside the placing’s in 7th in a class of 20+ so we were very pleased. Her owner came to watch as well and was very pleased with her progress :)”

Next it was onto Chilham on May Day Bank Holiday weekend:

“First up was mum’s ‘big’ Milli (Foxborough Star) and we were competing in our first BE90 together. I hadn’t competed the mare out on grass or jumped a XC fence on her since this time last year but she had been going very well for my sisters recently so we felt she was ready, plus she’s such a big mare we have to give her something to actually jump height-wise or I’m sure she’ll just fall over it! We started off with a great dressage test to score 33.8 which put us mid-field after this phase, not bad considering we didn’t have any studs in and she doesn’t even have shoes on behind, plus the ground at Chilham was brilliant! Show Jumping was next and as we entered the arena poor Milli had a baby melt down and the big white tents and flapping yellow flags were terrifying! She did jump a good round though knocking two down which were just baby mistakes and we turned a circle around one fence which cost us some time penalties as well but once she’d taken in her surroundings she got on with the job. Onto the XC and she was very ‘full of it’ in the warm up with everybody cantering round! She set of out the start box well and was taking me to the fences which felt good as she was being very bold and brave! She was flying  through all the combinations and then we got to the second water and I had to circle in between the A and B elements as she jumped in so big over A I didn’t want to haul her round the tight turn into the water and then she took some persuasion to go into the water so we picked up some penalties here for a hesitation and circle. A little frustrating as she cantered straight through the first water without hesitation… she clearly didn’t want to get her toes dirty as the second water was muddier than the first! She went on to finish the course very strongly which is just what we wanted. She came away from the event having learnt an awful lot hopefully and we can’t wait to get her out again! Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWRKqbtkMyY

Big Milli May 2015

Some busy weekends training with outings for both SJ and XC followed, until the first weekend in June when there was a bit of a mishap!

“I have frustratingly broken my hand in a few places! I was having my two new saddles fitted by Dave, courtesy of D A Saddles, and Milli had a cheeky moment at a tiny fence which resulted in me doing an involuntary dismount! I landed on my feet so am still unsure how I broke my hand as I was still holding her with my broken hand! I knew straight away I had done some form of damage to my hand as I had really bad pins and needles! Prior to us parting company in my new Orpheus dressage saddle Milli was schooling amazingly and felt so free through her back and shoulders, plus her medium trot was feeling great. I went off to A&E and I was sent straight to have an x-ray. I was then asked to go and wait back in reception whilst they looked at the x-ray. I wasn’t sat for long this time before they called me back in and gave me the news that I’d ‘done a good and proper job’ and broken my hand in a few places! Great, just what I wanted to hear!!! I then had to sit in the ‘cast throne’ as they called it waiting to have a cast put on it!”

Broken hand June 2015

Luckily, there was great news at the hospital the next day that she didn’t need another cast, but had to have her last two fingers strapped together and was told to take it easy before her next appointment and x-ray in 6 weeks time! She is now having a well deserved break in Ibiza!

 

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