After our rosette filled trip to Chard last month there were less frilly's this time but a really educational show and some great progression from both girls.
The double clears this time were in short supply as I went for competitive jump offs and we had a case of 4 fault itis. However she did get her final Discovery double clear so has qualified for next years second round. Day 1 we would have been 2nd in the British Novice but I missed her on an angled rail, we then had 4 faults in the Discovery. Day 2 a similar story with a quick jump off but just put a toe on the 2nd element of the double, such small margins between success or a pole on the floor. A slower round in the Discovery and we had our final double clear for next year.
On the final day we entered the British Novice 2nd round. It was a full up and technical track which also had Ellie's first treble combination. She jumped a super round but I let her down fiddling into the treble and missing her to the first element for 4 faults. I was quite disappointed with my riding, although overall pleased with how she is jumping and the huge improvement we have made this year. I think it is time to step her up a bit and maybe do some 1.05 classes.
British Novice 2nd Round
Fliss actually only jumped the first 2 days as we had other plans on day 3! Her athleticism and scope does make it easier to compensate for any jockey mistake. She can still be green and I struggle with her head position which either wants to be too low or tucked in like a tortoise meaning she is not always the easiest to the fence.
On day 1 we had double clears in the British Novice and Discovery albeit slowly so well away from the prizes. On day 2 I jumped another double clear in the Discovery and was tempted to try a Newcomers but in the end decided against it. This turned out to be fortuitous as another opportunity presented itself later. The last class was a team class where teams from the different areas competed against each other over 4 heights and two rounds. There weren't that many riders from Cornwall and a bit of a scratch team was pulled together with us taking responsibility for the 1m rounds.
Fliss showed her fab temperament being paraded with me carrying a Cornish flag fluttering. I didn't think riding for a team would bother me but my riding went to pot slightly and poor Fliss had to climb out of some awful strides but bless her she tried and we jumped the first round clear. In fact 3 of the team were clear so we were equal leaders after the first round and more pressure on the 2nd round. We were meant to be a scratch team with no hope!
We were the 3rd team member to ride in the next round and our rider before had had a pole. So no flexibility if we wanted to stay in the lead. Dear Fliss jumped her 5th clear round out of 5! She has also completed her qualifications for next years British Novice and Discovery second rounds.
The last member also jumped clear (I wasn't watching at this point) for a team win! The team have now qualified for the National Show Jumping Championships at Stoneleigh.
For Fliss there were no classes on the final day and once Ellie had jumped we loaded and left Chard. Fliss clearly thought she had got away with an easy day. I hadn't given away that she was off cross country schooling at Pontispool. I knew the ground would be hard so the focus was less on jumping much but seeing what she made of the 3 water jumps there after her winter issues with water.
The course was busy with various clinics, lessons and private hires. I popped a few easy fences and took her to the most open water. She trotted down hesitated and then stepped straight in to big pats. Lots of in and out at various paces and she was very happy splashing through. We then went to the far water where we waited and watched while a clinic finished working through the combinations around the water. Again she went straight in and out and even finished happily jumping fences just before the water. Strangely though she kept deciding to jump out of the water!
The final water she trotted straight in again so we do seem to have made huge progress on this issue and very hopeful that moving forward it won't be a big issue.
Excited enough by progress that I have now registered Fliss for BE!
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