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Well it has certainly been warm and as anyone that knows me can tell you I hate heat at the best of times! We headed to Chard on Wednesday for the South West Show Jumping club 4 day show jumping show. A nice venue, a good ring and great courses made it very worthwhile. Thursday was great weather wise, warm but not hot and Ellie was a tad enthusiastic jumping. With little time between West Wilts and Chard the last jumping she had done was cross country and she certainly got enthused show jumping. She is still convinced that she can hurtle round at her speed and totally ignore the rider, when she does this I am glad she 14.2 not 16.2!! I am also not sure I have the bitting right I have her in a little Tom Thumb but sometimes she runs through it and others she backs off it and goes nowhere. On the first day we jumped the British Novice and then as that wasn't great we then jumped the 90cm open over the same course.
It has been a quick turn around this week and about to head off to South West Show Jumping Club 4 day show jumping show at Chard. Really looking forward to establishing our show jumping and hopefully jumping some Discovery classes. Hopefully I will be able to do a few updates while I'm away.
West Wilts offered us the opportunity to put the Pontispool fall and demons behind us. The weather was exceedingly kind with a good dollop (technical term) of rain the week before giving excellent ground yet it was dry and cool on the day. We travelled up the night before, not only is it quite a long journey (just under 5 hours) but also we had super early times on the Saturday with dressage just after 8 and we were all finished by 9.30. The course asked a few questions for the level, probably middle of the range in difficulty, with a few combinations and a few questions Ellie hadn't met before. (the course pics are here). Dressage is right by the cross country start so can be exciting however being nice and early we completed this phase before it had started. I thought Ellie produced her best test to date at this level for a 31. She still needs to relax the neck and can look a bit tight at times but overall I was very pleased. We were probably just in the top quarter after dressage scoring 31.
I have some good if not sad news in that Posy has been sold and has gone to a new home this week. So this means I can start some serious horse hunting for something to share Ellie's workload. So if anyone knows anything get in touch, I am open minded but my ideals arex - 5-8 yearsx - 15.0-16.1x - Narrow ish sit onx - Excellent in traffic and non quirkyx - Can be green but ideally seen something of lifex - Jump is far more important than an aptitude for dressagex - A Sarnie clone would be perfectMeanwhile this weekend the focus is back on eventing as we head to West Wilts horse trials. I am hoping the weather has not gone from one extreme to the other, at least it won't be too muddy for us as we are one of the first on course and finished by 9.30am!! Hoping the demons from our fall at Pontispool will be well and truely put behind us. We are actually heading out of Cornwall tomorrow evening as we are in silly season in Cornwall for traffic jams, then we will drive the remainder on Friday. I will try and add updates on social media and expect the full report on Sunday.
I felt it was important that after our parting of company at Pontispool last weekend we needed to get out and ensure that Ellie had not been upset by the experience. Fortunately Cornwall Trec Group had some cross country training organised at Porth Valley which is a lovely schooling facility. I needed have worried that Ellie had been affected by the previous weekend as she was her usual keen enthusiastic and occasionally slightly cocky self. Interesting a few good points came out of the training including the fact that when she get so quick I take my leg off whereas I need to keep it on and not just rely on my hand, it is not always easy when they are accelerating at the fence.We did have a moment jumping into the water where a slightly awkward jump resulted in me losing my position and nearly getting a ducking (see video).
The eagle eyed amongst you may notice a new logo added to my list of supporters. I was delighted to be approached by Cousin Jack of Cornwall who manufacture and sell 'Happy Jack' chopped and dust extracted straw horse bedding.I have been lucky enough now to have been using this for over a month as everyone is aware I will not endorse something I haven't tested properly! Previously I have used shavings but I have found this far more absorbent and from a human point of view it makes a comfier looking bed. Certainly from all the bedding I dig out of Ellie's ears I think she is loving the new mattress. The bedding is dust extracted which is key for any good bedding and pine is added which gives it a great scent and stops it smelling unpleasant also having the advantage of preventing them eating their bed. Ellie does get try the odd mouthful but certainly isn't stuffing it. I am delighted to be supported by a true Cornish company and appreciate the support they are giving Shoestring. 'Happy Jack is currently available in Devon and Cornwall as well as some outlets in Somerset. If you are thinking of changing your bedding or want to give something different a try I would really recommend this. If anyone has any queries please feel free to get in touch.No for the obligatory endorsement photo courtesy of Ellie (every day)
As promised here are the pictures of our fall at the weekend. Sadly my bought digital images are yet to arrive but I am linking you to the photographers website. You need to use the right arrow to scroll along.The fall