Just a quick update from myself! The last month has been a busy one for me and my 6yo Indigo Mist, or Beanie amongst friends.
A couple of weeks ago we attended our first World Class P3 squad session after being selected onto the 2019-2021 cycle in March. It’s such an honour and privilege to be given access to such a huge support base of experts, not to mention being given the opportunity to train with some of the best upcoming riders on today’s circuit. On the first day we had nutrition, psychology and competition planning meetings before a biomechanics session. This session was the most interesting for me as all the experts worked together and analysed both myself and Beanie’s performance. Small adjustments to my saddle were made, and we watched slow motion jumping footage which gave me something to work on in my position. Following this I walked and trotted him up in hand, allowing him to be treated by the physio and seen by the farrier. Beanie now has some extra stretches to improve the strength in his back end and core. The farrier suggested a Millennium Pad to go under the shoe which acts as a shock absorber in hard going and also supports the frog and heel. He had these put in recently and they feel fantastic! Following World Class we went to Skipton novice. Walking the cross country I felt it was a challenge for Beanie as he hasn’t jumped many big and bold tracks, and with hedges over 5ft all the way round this was definitely one of those! He scored a PB 27 dressage and show jumped clear, putting him into a very competitive position going into the cross country. He was absolutely fantastic round the tough track and really opened up his gallop to make it up the hills effortlessly! He flew clear with just a couple of time faults. I wasn’t sure if the time would knock us down the placings but a quick trip to the scoreboards showed me that the cross country had caused a lot of trouble for other horse and rider combinations and actually we were the second fastest of the day! We finished up 3rd in a competitive section which I was delighted with. Yesterday we were at Somerford for the Open section of the Cheshire Shield. Having done this class in the past I knew the cross country would be technical and I thought it would be extremely educational for Beanie. He was an absolute star again to post a 29 dressage, and a super speedy double clear! He won by a margin of 8 penalties, making it his first Eventing win! It was made extra special by the fact this event marked exactly a year since his first ever event in the 80 there last year! I’m so proud of how far he has come in 12 months and the mature, consistent horse he is now becoming! Marmalade and Henry are also working well, and hugely benefitting from a month on a Theraplate we hired from Rookery Equine Spa & Therapy and both myself and the boys can’t wait for the water treadmill and salt water spa to be available next month. They are such valuable tools for any horse, not just as for fitness and rehab, but for a fun variation in their routine!