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  1. gymnasticsAs in my last blog, Jay has been super at Dressage, he is now getting mostly 4 and 5 points a test. We did an outing at Port Royal to complete his regionals qualification, although when I entered I did not realise it was a long arena test. Jay is OK with long arena, it is just me who gets a bit lost with the extra markers. Still, we only needed one test to complete our qualification, so I just entered the one and with only one test to learn it did not seem too daunting.


    I did learn the test, but at the venue the lovely lady who had read to me the last time I was here volunteered to read for me again. It was not our best test ever, I think I trained a bit hard the day before and Jay was sound but maybe a bit stiff when initially warming up. Because of that I maybe rode a bit too forward to encourage him to use himself. No worries, it was a bit too forward, and we made a couple of mis-understandings, but generally it was active and happy and Jay achieved more then 68%.


    Yay Hay, that is us qualified, so we can give

  2. Jay made of VelcroYay, the sun is shining and I feel we are now ready to come out of hibernation.

    We have been lucky not to have been involved in the terrible flooding, but all the same since my last blog there have been gale force winds, dark mornings and evenings and a general malaise around being out and about.

    For Jay, he needs to be well "worked up" to be able to go competing, and with long shifts it has just not been possible to have consistent work. I have seen a lot of people who have fallen into trouble with their horses, feeling that they "should" be

  3. Hibernation

    We did the last event of the season at Frickley, a wonderful day out. Even though Jay had not been out eventing for a long time, he took it all in his stride.

    The dressage was solid, if not inspiring. The Show Jumping was Sooooo slippery, on top of hard ground underneath. Poles were crashing all over both in the collecting ring and in the arena itself. I noticed Jay shortening his stride on the slippery hillside, and decided that he knew what he was doing, and allowed him to go tentatively.

    It worked, he did not touch a pole all day, although we managed two strides in the one stride double. It was slow and careful and clear! Good boy, clever Jay!

    For our Cross Country Jay arrived very relaxed into the start box, and was

  4. IMG_20130722_141827Sometimes it feels easy to decide if an experience is a success or failure. Take our event outings so far this season, great days out, great progression, great consistency, all good.

    This month deciding if our experiences  have been a "success" or a "failure" not been so clear cut. Straight after the last blog was the longest heat wave since 2006! It was not possible to cross country school as everywhere was baked hard. In fact in the heat riding at all was difficult!

    In an effort to keep Jay's familiarity with XC up, but without concussing Jay's legs, we went


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