Arena Eventing @ Kingswood EC

Discipline: Arena Eventing Class: 90cm
Venue: Kingswood Equestrian Centre, Albrighton
Result 8 Faults Place: ———-
Discipline: Arena Eventing Class: 1m
Venue: Kingswood Equestrian Centre, Albrighton
Result 12 Faults Place: ———-

A lovely sunny, but very cold day; makes a change from all the rain we’ve had lately!

I took Finn in the trailer on her own, Lynsey followed in the lorry with Jasper and Nash.  I wanted to do her myself to just have her focussed rather than worrying about where the boys were!  She was relaxed and happy by herself.  She warmed up well in the indoor school which was very busy – she was a bit chipper but no more than we should expect given the chill in the air.

I used Jess’  Neue Schule elevator/jumper bit – it’s a bit small really but she likes it.

90cm class was quite well attended with 27 entries.  The course was twisty and turny with 17 fences in the outdoor arena.

I was really pleased with both rounds, especially the 90cm class.  I made sure that I used the arena and kept her in a good rhythm.  Fence 14 was a skinny – she just touched it behind and rolled it (Ian said the wind blew it off)!!  I also had fence 15 – totally my own fault – I was too busy looking at the fence I had just knocked and rode a very poor line into it.

I was blowing by the end of the round – need to get fitter with more cardiovascular work; I also felt quite weak in my back – some core strengthening also required me thinks – Pilates???