2017 Blog

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 Rockingham day 1, with Baz doing his CIC dressage and Stan in the novice. Baz really tried hard in his test, with no freestyle moments, to score a competitive 48.5. He jumps tomorrow. Stan loved his trip around the cross country and cruised around despite the weather, one of very few to make the time to finish 5th. 


Day 2 and 11th place for Baz from over 70 starters in the CIC** at a rather muddy Rockingham Castle horse trials. Having contained his exuberance for an obedient test, he was a bit too jolly in the show jumping, which cost him a few places, but a fast clear xc kept him up the order. Next stop Houghton for the 3 star combined training, we have decided not to take Orange and Zippi back for the intermediate tomorrow at Rockingham.

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Orange was having his first outing of the season, and first outing with Izzy, who has only ridden him a handful of times. He managed to control his excitement at being out for a 25 dressage, followed by a beautiful double clear to finish 3rd in the OI. 

Not to be completely outdone by the two gingers, Stan finished 7th in his section. So grateful to Aston for providing lovely surfaces for the dressage and show jumping and for the huge amount of effort that went into making the ground so good cross country #weloveaston

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Educational BE100 outing at Keysoe for Heidi and Diego - their second event. Both did good tests to score 33. The showjumping track was very grown up and up to height. Heidi jumped a really good round for the point she is at and her 2 rails down don't really reflect how well she jumped. Poor Diego was overwhelmed by the whole thing but regained his confidence with a beautiful clear around a tough enough xc. Heidi also jumped a great clear
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 Baz was extremely over enthusiastic in the dressage phase at Withington - I think there were more flying changes than in one of Valegro's freestyles but he redeemed himself with a beautiful double clear. 'Holiday' next week while Izzy is at Badminton, then Keysoe, Aston and Rockingham Castle.

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Orange Senior and Orange Junior
Heidi and Orange - brother from another mother
Baz
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Two days at Whitfield with all extremes of weather but mostly very cold!! Stan yesterday in the novice did a good test, two rails sj and a lovely clear xc. No prizes but useful experience for him.

Today was the turn of the two first timers, Heidi and Diego. Whitfield was the perfect venue, being fairly quiet and low key. Both of them did beautiful tests for the level they are at. Heidi scored a 29 and Diego a 32. Heidi wobbled her way around the show jumping, but wasn't going to touch anything, then jumped a great clear xc to complete on her dressage score for 5th place. Diego had 2 green rails sj then stormed around the XC and finished very pleased with himself. Thrilled with these two as they both tried very hard and will have learned a lot from the outing. Thank you Izzy for doing a great job

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 Long trip to Burnham Market with Baz, Stan and Zippi. Baz was much more settled in his test in the two star and we were very pleased with him but decided not to run any of the boys as it's a long season ahead. Baz is entered for Withington at the end of the month so hoping for some rain. Heidi and Diego are entered for their first ever BE event at Whitfield, with Stan in the novice. Picture of Heidi practising hard

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