The busiest time of any equestrian person`s year has continued with great form for my horses and I.
Super Nova has maintained her outstandingly consistent form, finishing 1st or 2nd in her previous 8 runs without a pole all season. At Burnham Market (her first 2*) she showed her incredible speed for a small young horse as we were 1 of 4 horses out of 185 who jumped the track to finish inside the time. On this occasion we finished just behind the winner after a long, but very fun journey with my co-pilots; younger sister Kitty and Greenberry (relative of Willberry the Wonder Pony). With more high percentages and British Dressage Elementary wins alongside a win with 81% dressage at Sapey eventing, I can`t help but be hugely excited to take Nova up the grades next year to help showcase her talent.
It is very rewarding to be able to maintain form across the board – horses of all ages and stages of education have been making great progress and brought in great results. Last weekend saw Belclare Warrior bring home a win, finishing on his 22 dressage for the MacEwan family who have trusted me to help produce their lovely young horse. Alongside this our delightful homebred, Greenhays Midnight Magic did not want to be outshone by her travel partner for the day and after several double clears at BE100 jumped another tidy double clear with an improved dressage test to finish 4th.
When it comes to the young horses that is where I think my approach to training and time given makes a worthwhile difference, benefitting their future careers. I have recently put Tia, a smart 2 year old filly back in the field for a winter break having started the basics and had tack on and done extensive ground work. Homebred Eric (3) followed on showing his bold attitude and has been happily working in different places with tack on and lunging over poles, planks and water trays. When it comes to the ‘older’ young horses I have been hugely impressed by both 5 year old on the yard. Jonogored is hugely relaxed like Greenhays Rufus but has moved on further in his education showing some outstanding flatwork and making 1.30m fences feel far too easy for a young horse that is still developing more power!
As many equestrians know the sport can be challenging but you have to stay motivated and I think a fitting quote for this blog is “you only get back what you put in” Catherine Cox/