June has been a relatively quiet month for my team and I, which has been surprisingly quite nice!! Having a moment to take a breath and look back at how the season has gone so far is a nice chance to reflect and also see what you can do to improve on the future events.
Bicton International was at the beginning of the month and it was replacement of Bramham International, which was sadly cancelled earlier on in the year. Bramham Horse Trials has always been a personal favourite of mine, as my school was down the road so for many years we went on a school trips to watch the horse trials, and I always dreamt of competing there. However, Bicton did the most fantastic job to hold an equally impressive event that us riders were enormously grateful for; as many events at the top level have been cancelled.
I had Cartown Wallabe competing in the 4*L and Highway competing in his second 4*S. Cartown Wallabe started the week off to a cracking start producing a PB in the dressage to lie just outside the top 20 out of 100 starters. This was a huge achievement for him and a phase he doesn’t find enormously easy or exciting!! Highway did a lovely test with a few mistakes and then jumped out of his skin in the SJ – he unfortunately had two down but once I find the right buttons in the ring he is going to be unstoppable!
My original thoughts when I walked the XC course was help this is MASSIVE!!!! And I definitely wasn’t the only one with that comment! I was enormously proud of Cartown Wallabe who was eating up the track and giving it his complete all. We came to the last combination after another big pull up a steep hill, and he sadly ran out of juice; so I decided to save him for another day and walk home.
This decision is always a very hard one but most definitely the right one. To have a happy healthy horse who will smash it another day is always so important to me although it’s very disappointing at the time. Highway had an annoying glance off early on when he was a little keen; but he grew in confidence and finished full of running.
Although not the best results on paper, I have two super jumpers that one day it will all come right for them! I just need to keep working hard in the meantime to make sure the little mistakes can be ironed out and don’t happen in the future.
Another couple of quiet weeks of training and some horses coming back into work after their mini holiday post their long format events.