Sunday, 14 June 2009

1st party!!

So Buster had his 1st party today and it was going to be a big ask for him - he had never seen dressage boards before - this was not intentional - we were booked in on a dressage rally last weekend when it tipped down and was cancelled and then went to bromyard EC as well to use there but there school was flooded so none there either Grrr. I should have worried thou he didnt bat an eye lid at them!He warmed up well enough but very green and shaking his head due to the huge about of flys and horseflys there today. He did a sweet enough test for what hes done and got a fair mark of 46.4. He got some lovely comments at the end which included "A striking horse with nice paces" and i got "Sympathetically ridden" with a 7 for my riding. Buster also got a 7 for his final halt! The test was mostly 5s and 6s with one 4 and one 5 so plenty to work on but a very good start i think.On to the SJing - was slightly worried when i saw the ring as it was on a side of a hill and 5 out of the 8 fences were down hill - not the best thing for a baby i thought. He warmed up nicely and went in to just have the 1st part of the double down, the double was a 1 stride with both parts having fillers.Then XC was a nice course that gradually built up to 80cm. he walked straight in to the start box and stood there quietly and off we went. Very wobbly to fence 1, 2 and 3 but jumped them well and after the drop at 4 got in to his stride. He has the loveliest canter XC (one bit he can do being and ex racer!) went through the quarry no problems and in and out of the wood over a skinnie - his 1st one!! Didnt have chance to look at the ditch, he flew it and then popped the next few to the water. I probably came in to fast for him to get a proper look as he just went "WHAT!" after a little look thought he walked in like "Easy Peasey!!" over the barrels and then on to the last!!Im over the moon with him - he was very grown up and showd real promise i think today, just need to get out and about a bit more! He was very happy with him self when he got home tonight and we turned him out with Zac (the pointer) for the 1st time tonight and there getting on great so fingers crossed they can now both go to our other field for a few days as it has more grass so they can get nice and fat!!

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