We had a fabulous weekend at Rockingham Castle Horse Trials this past weekend!
We had Crunchie in the CIC 2 Star, Billy and Tiny in the BE100, Holly in the Novice and Purdey in the Intermediate.
Billy was a star for his first ever BE event, doing a great 31 dressage, one down jumping and a great xc round. He incurred 20 penalties at the half coffin, but only because he jumped the ditch so big!
Tiny and Jess again showed everyone up by doing a 27.5 double clear to finish 5th in her section.
Crunchie warmed up beautifully for her dressage test, but when we went across to the main arena we were beeped into our arena very quickly. It was a shame, as the whole reason Crunchie is aiming at so many CIC's this year is to get her used to the atmosphere and give her a good time. She did a very tense test, with silly mistakes, but still managed a decent score of 56.
Crunchie then show jumped and went cross country the next day, and I was over the moon with her. Her jumping round was much more grown up and she coped well with the atmosphere. Its lovely to feel her growing up and progressing, as she is a big mare and will take a long time to mature, we savour every little victory!
She then flew round the cross country, making light work of a very decent track. It's nice to know the silly moment we had at Hambledon was just that, and it's also nice to know she hasn't lost any confidence.
On the last day at Rockingham we had Holly and Purdey competing. Holly went first in the Novice in the morning, and she did a brilliant 28 double clear to finish third in her section. She is now moving up to intermediate at Bishop Burton this weekend... how exciting!
Purdey had to wait til the afternoon to compete, and she was so excited to be out competing again! She managed to forget how to trot and decided instead to canter her entire test. We forgave her after she jumped a great clear round in the show jumping though.
Purdey jumped round the cross country incredibly well considering it was only her second intermediate (and tenth ever event!). She flew everything, and unfortunately the only mistake she made on the entire course resulted in a run out. There were 3 brushes on a curving line at fence 7, and she jumped boldly in and was on the right spot to the second, but I think it just came up quickly for her as it was down hill and she just hasn't seen many fences like that yet! Second time round she jumped it fine, and the rest of the course was a breeze. She's definitely one for the future having coped so well with a very decent cross country course (the intermediate ran over the same course as the CIC 2 Star) so early in her eventing career.
So it's off to Bishop Burton this Sunday with Purdey and Holly for the Intermediate, and then Shelford Manor on Monday with Tiny and Will, our new working pupil Becky's horse.