We had a great Easter weekend at Burnham Market Horse Trials this past weekend! All the horses went brilliantly, and considering they are all new to Novice level, I am over the moon with them.
Purdey did a great double clear in the novice, with just a few time penalties to keep her out of the top ten. This was her third novice, and second one that was double clear! That is pretty amazing considering it was only her 6th ever event and her fourth this year! She is definitely a star for the future.
Arthur did a great double clear with a really good dressage to finish in 5th place in his Novice section. I was so pleased with him as the course was a good Novice track and it was his first time round at that level. I needn't have worried, he flew round like a pro!
Holly also did a double clear in the Novice, finishing in 8th place with a few time penalties. She was cursed with bad luck in her first two novice runs, so third time lucky definitely rang true for her!
Crunchie was definitely the star of the weekend though. She did a nice dressage test, but sideways snow was not putting her in the best frame of mind so a few silly mistakes meant she scored a 58 (still not bad for a 7 yr old at her first two star!). I cannot complain at all about her jumping though, she flew round for a double clear and finished a very commendable 19th. The two star caused enough trouble, but she went round that cross country course like she could have had her eyes closed. It was a great feeling!
Louie was the only naughty pony of the weekend really! He did an ok dressage, but a few silly mistakes meant he didn't score as well as he can do. A great clear round show jumping was followed by a storming round cross country. That is til he got to the double of corners late on the course! He skipped out at the first one, and had the first run out I can remember for a long time! To be fair, I don't think I got him back quite enough for the fence, and I would much rather we had a little wake up now than in 5 weeks' time at Badminton!
So on we go, to Weston Park this weekend, with lots of good ponies and a very happy rider!