01 Nov Jenna Hastings
It’s been a super busy month for Trusty and I. Our first lone stay away show was at the Forces Equine Games at Moreton Morrell. I look forwards to this show all year as it’s a great time to get together with members from all over the country as well as new faces. What was even better this year was that we were joined by some amazing sponsors, including Teqnox!
I decided to be brave and keep Trusty up in the 90cm class as well as the 80cm – a couple of unlucky poles kept us out the placings but we were part of the team which won the team jumping section so it wasn’t all bad! Both rounds were very educational for Trusty as it was a very spooky arena with mirrors and banners as well as being only his second indoor show this autumn. We also came back in to do a demo in the afternoon showcasing what I do at home training-wise and also how I fit my riding around my day job. He was superb for this and did me proud.
It was then on to dressage on the Sunday and I had decided to keep Trusty at Intro level instead of including a Novice test as he’s not quite ready for that yet. This paid off and he came 3rd in the Intro and 2nd in the Prelim with some good marks in very big classes. I look forwards to working on his flatwork this winter and moving up a level next year.
A week after FEG it was off to Aston Le Walls for our last one day of 2018. A sad day but no sitting on our laurels as I was moving Trusty up to the 90 section. The cross country course was decent and it was a big step up from the 80 – Aston is a great place to take young horses and the 80 is a great way of getting a horse round but there is a big step up to the 90 from here. The good side of it was there were a few questions but nothing horrendous and it was all jumpable so long as I stayed positive.
Dressage felt really good to me and one of his best tests at this venue which he finds really spooky. Sadly the judge didn’t quite agree and we finished on a score of 35.5 which I found quite harsh. I then had two rails down show jumping – again nothing drastic, just greenness creeping in again. All of this became irrelevant though as the boy absolutely stormed round cross country. This was an amazing feeling as he felt really confident and bold. I rode a little safe just to give him every chance to jump what was in front of him and that cost us a bit of time but anyone who heard my whoops of joy as we went through the finish line and saw the tears of joy when I jumped off could see that didn’t matter.
Next season is hopefully going to be amazing, I think we’ve ended really well and Winter will be all about getting plenty of training under our belts and working hard on the dressage and show jumping. We’re having a little break from being out competing so much now to try and save the pennies but we’ll be working hard at home to make sure when we’re out again we’re as competitive and ready as ever!