One last photo. :)
Monday, 22 February 2016
Ok guys, here's the plan.
Allie and I are headed to Silver Hills hunter trials on Easter Monday (that's the 28th March) to try out the 80cm course. Before then I'll take her to silver hills with a friends, Debbi (she events prelim level) to school over the scarier fences.
Then, THEN, I'm going to enter Equestriad on my birthday weekend (16th/17th April) in the 80cm class. We are jumping 80cm at home confidently so hopefully with a couple of xc schools and the hunter trial we will be happily jumping intro level.
After that event, she can have 4 weeks off, as I'll be in Hawaii for two weeks at the end of April/early May. Then we will see what's happening around the time I bring her back into work.
Sunday, 21 February 2016
|This is where the juge asked me to stop because there was a loose horse.|
|Checking my watch, I was super late by this stage.|
|Ok, this is heading toward the brush where she nearly stopped. This series of photos is hilarious!|
|After a whack and a kick, she went for it.|
|This was just as comfortable as it looks.|
|After the finish line! So happy.|
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Did I tell you guys that we entered our first official event? I don't think I told you guys!
Well, this Saturday, Allie and I are competing in the eva60 at the Sydney (@SIEC) Eventing summer classic!
I'm nervous and excited. Our dressage is going to be a bit sketchy as our transitions aren't always what they should be but hopefully she's got a bit of forward on the day and I can get her to relax.
I think mainly I've got to make sure that I don't panic and that I leave plenty of time to get ready for each phase!
Friday, 5 February 2016
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
As I was pulling in with Allie in the float, I saw how busy it was. The grounds were PACKED and I saw all the beautiful horses heading over to the cross country phase. Instantly I started to feel the sadness and jealousy that I've always felt since Allie broke her leg - but after a moment it turned to happiness and nervousness and excitement because today, I was going to be one of those riders.
Natalie came with her camera and she got some great shots.
First up was cross country.
|Just before warming up|
|First warm up log. We ended up jumping the big log on the left of this one too, no photographic evidence of this though!|
|She looked awesome|
|Apparently this fence bites?|
|I was a little intimidated by this fence but it was near the end so she was really happy to jump anything by this stage.|
|Through the water, no problems there!|
|Aaaaaand the last log.|
She didnt refuse or stop at anything, and we even did the intro stairs (whoops again) which was super fun. It was too sloppy to do more than a slow trot down hill and I rode around a slightly scary brush jump that had a downhill after it. Other than that, it was a great ride.
After a cool down and a bit of a rest, was 2 showjumping rounds. Here's video of the first round.
|Warm up jump|
|This fence was probably the most intimidating, but she wasn't worried at all.|
- Be more organised!
- Leave myself more time especially to walk the xc so I know where the hell I'm going
- Work on my own fitness
- Bring carrots for the superstar horse next time!