UA90 (INT) @ Aston-le-Walls

Dressage Test BE95 (2012) XC Jump Pens: 0 Total Penalties:


Judge: Pauline Parker XC Time Pens: 10.4
Dressage Mark: 35 XC Distance: 2160
SJ Jump Pens: 0 XC Optimum: 3:33 Placing:


SJ Time Pens: 0 XC Time Actual: 3:59

An early start today as Nigel and Tissie squeezed me in as a late entry.  Dressage at 07.36 (second to go).  It was cold and frosty – but dry. Chris and I walked the XC course – it looked very inviting – apart from the open ditch at fence 3!

1 British Eventing Green Apron
2 Red Topped House
3 Horses In Sport Ditch
4(AB) Duralock Pheasant Feeder to Pallisade
5 Sharks Teeth Parallel
6 HorseZone Corner (+alternative)
7 House
8 Airowear Table
9(AB ReadySupp Step Up onto bank and Step Down
10 Hen Coop
11(AB) KBIS into Water to Olympic Brush
12 Red Rolltop
13 Stick Pile
14(AB) Pheasant Feeder to Sloping Poles
15 Chase

We got back and tacked up for the dressage – I was looking forward to the day ahead.  Finn was a bit fresh warming up – and threw a buck into the dressage test – finishing on 35.  The judge’s comments were: “Willing horse – now needs to develop the uphill balance and carriage”. 

FullSizeRender (12)IMG_1520Finn felt great warming up for SJ – she was jumping out of her skin (there were some big warm up fences)!! A fabulous clear round (this is becoming a habit now)….

FullSizeRender (11)Cross Country was absolutely fantastic – Finn was really on fire and taking me into the fences (after the ditch – see video)!  The ditch dramas are still there, but the video is evidence that we can do it. Not pretty – but we made it to the other side penalty free. Apologies for Chris’ commentary!

The only issue we had was that my sat nav went completely awry after fence 13 – i went left over a little bridge into another field looking for fence 14 wasting a a lot of time (10.4 pens) and having to come back into the correct field to continue with the course!  What an eejit…..  This lost us 4th place!

Never mind – I’m super pleased with how Finn is going and definitely feeling that we’ll be ready for the BE100 at Norton Disney.