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2014 round up

Wow… it’s been a little while. Sorry!

 

We had a slight mid season crisis last year in August with my poor mother getting seriously injured and no head girl for 6 weeks.

 

The ponies however were still on great form and on track..

 

Poppet (Saunders Lady) finished off the season with two double clears around Allerton Advanced and Little downham advanced. It really was the icing on the cake of an already awesome season with her, Double clear all year! What an amazing 8 year old! Hopefully a very exciting future with some 3*’s on the horizon.

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Bertie (Liberty Rock) had his little break after Houghton CCI**. I felt that despite being fab and giving me a great ride he still needed a little more time before upgrading, so carried on gaining a few miles on the clock around intermediates. He’s a true pure Irishman that is just taking that little bit longer to mature physically, but watch this space! He gave me and absolutely SUPER ride at Oasby Intermediate top few after the dressage, annoyingly 1 pole Showjumping but he felt much stronger and organised and stormed around the XC bring home just 7 time faults. Finished the season on a real high.

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Bobby (Cumlaude) finished up at Osberton CIC** 7 year old champs. After having a little hiccup at Gatcombe with a very sore girth gall, where he just didn’t want to go forward at all bless him! He was back on super form. It was his first time in a big arena and first time with tents and flags flapping around him, so was very pleased that he was unfazed and got down to work in his test. He made a couple of baby mistakes but he still has a little more strengthening to do and in time I hope he will do a seriously smart test. Showjumping he just touched two, he’s a very careful horse and was virtually over trying which was a disappointing result but still it’s all good experience. XC he was super, a changed horse from Gatcombe he took the bridle and was off, giving me a really confident ride with just 6.8 time. Lovely spin to finish the season.

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Cufflink finished his season a little earlier, after picking up a knock spinning around on the gallops while in full gallop- little monkey!! The plan was Osberton CCI**, having jumped so confidently around Somerford CIC**. However with this little set back I would have missed out on his fitness work and felt maybe I’d be better to save him for another day- after all he is only 7 years old!!!

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Pye (Vitalin Vigour) He too had a very annoying and little set back, he was in a similar situation as Cufflink and made the decision to save him then go slightly unprepared. Very frustrating as he has given me some great rides this year. Spring CCI** for him hopefully!

 

Austin (Larkfleet) my baby boy has had a lovely autumn playing with some eventing and has gone on to hunt this winter. He’s really starting to strengthen up and get control and balance. I am really looking forward to getting him out again this season, he’s such a lovely horse to ride. Although unfortunately looks like he might be for sale, as I’ve got a line of babies ready to come in!

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