Gaby Smiling


We had a gentle start to the season with Larkfleet in the BE100 on Thursday. He has strengthen up over the winter doing a little hunting with the Cottesmore, and I could really feel the difference.  He did a sweet test, although the mark doesn’t reflect. His Showjumping round was much improved from last year, feeling much stronger in his technique. However we had a ‘first run of the season’ lapse of concentration and was busy looking at the tents and forgetting what he was doing, and not picking up properly. Never mind! He flew around the XC no problem, so all in all a good run considering he hadn’t had much preparation due to me being sidelined!


Friday was a little busier, with Saunders Lady (Poppet) and Liberty Rock (Bertie) in the Intermediate, Cumlaude (Bobbi) in the Novice later in the day.

Bertie did a lovely test, lots to work on but was good enough to lead his section, he went on to jump a seriously classy clear Showjumping. Unfortunately they were not fit enough to run fast and didn’t feel the ground was the most forgiving so popped round with a cricket score of time faults. Very good performance but very frustrating!

Poppet too did a good test for her, especially for her first one. We managed to keep the tension at bay! She followed in Bertie’s footsteps jumping a fab clear Showjumping and a steady but text book round xc.

Bobbi did an acceptable test for his first, a little excitement creeping in at times. He too followed the trend of the day and jumped a beautiful clear showjumping and stormed around the xc.


All in all a fab start to the season, it wasn’t very long ago I thought I would never make it to Oasby, so the fact we got there was great!

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