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Crazy things come in 3’s @ Tweseldown 80cm ODE

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I haven’t been to Tweseldown since 2009, so it was really nice to take a trip back there for Dustry’s 4th and final ODE of his short debut eventing season. We had afternoon times so went early with plenty of time to walk the course in the morning. It was a scorcher of a day, not what I was expecting for late September at all! As we walked further round the course the layers came off and when we finished we sat in the shade watching the show jumping for a while with a nice cold drink and bacon butty!…

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Dressage seriously? Why is it SO hard!

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As long as I live I don’t think I will ever be able to accurately predict the mark of my dressage tests. What I feel, what Dustry goes like, and what the judge sees are 3 apparently unrelated elements if our recent tests and results are anything to go by! The problem with dressage is….I like it, I would go so far as to say I actively enjoy it (shock horror!) I get a real buzz out of our flatwork lessons and being able to take D out to strut his stuff in the competition arena is really fun……really fun…

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Dustry’s 3rd ODE @ Elmwood Equestrian – 6th place!

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Success!!!! Yay we came 6th!!! Right now I’ve got that out of my system this is how the day panned out. We arrived at Elmwood nice and early and having walked the XC the day before all I needed to do was casually get ready and focus on phase 1. Dustry was super chilled as I had given him some Protexin Quick Fix to settle his stomach and any butterflies he might have, as a result he warmed in really well, no freak outs, no random kung fu, just attentive and focussed. Pleased with his warm up we went into…

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From racehorse to dressage diva to eventer to show pony!

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I love thoroughbreds! I am pretty sure I have said this several times before but they really are my favourite breed of horse. For all their high maintenance ways, and occasional histrionics I wouldn’t swap them for anything else. They aren’t easy and Dustry has by far been the most challenging one I have owned to date, but he’s maturing into the most versatile and useful little horse now. He’s become my ‘Bird’s Eye Potato Waffle Pony’ because he’s ‘waffley versatile’ Our last few competitions have seen him making his eventing debut, strutting his stuff at BD, and attempting his…

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Ascot-under-Wychwood Dustry’s 2nd ODE

5am alarm, plaiting in the lorry, 2x sets of tack and my favourite green and white xc gear it’s eventing time again! We set off to the BE80 at Crown Farm, Ascot under Wychwood for D’s 2nd ODE and what a mega day we had. Things didn’t start too well though we got there nice and early so we could walk the course and on my portaloo pit stop before setting off round the xc I managed to drop my apple (breakfast!) down the portaloo, I flushed it goodbye and off we set round the course. The course seemed very…

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Intense show jumping hit & no hanging about!

Love show jumping but hate hanging about for hours on end for your class to start? me too! We needed to get some show jumping practice in before our 2nd event on Sunday so instead of looking for a local competition and entering a few classes, I boxed off to Rectory Farm Arena for some fun and efficient show jump schooling instead. No hanging about for the class to start, no crowded warm up to contend with, no silly jacket required that would boil me to death, and no bank loan necessary to cover multiple entry fees, perfect! After initially…

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3 is the magic number

Today we went in search of points! This year my dressage aim is to qualify for the British Dressage Winter Regional Finals, and for that at Prelim level we need to gain 19 ‘prelim points’ in winter qualifier classes. We arrived at the venue, tacked up and started to warm up in the indoor and IT WAS HOT!!! Thankfully we were allowed to compete without jackets which made it much more comfortable. The first test was a bit lack luster, Dustry sort of dried up on me in the arena which resulted in a trip into the walk as he…

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Combined training on grass at Elmwood – 11th!

Today after having our competition plans last weekend scuppered by Dustry’s love sickness we set off to Elmwood for some combined training on grass. This is a great venue and we’ve been here several times before for sj and xc schooling. You could choose between 2x tests a BD Prelim or a BE test so we plumped for BE90 test 95 with a round of SJ at 80cms. He was super to warm up, and did some of his best work to date. Having last been out eventing he kept locking on to the xc fences dotted about near the…

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Dustry’s eventing debut – Swalcliffe 80

After 3 years away from eventing I finally managed to get back out and have a bash at stringing all three phases together at Dustry’s first ever event! Mother are I drove 3hrs to Swalcliffe and back the day before to walk the course and as I was half expecting an 80cm ODE to be all roll tops and logs I was a little shocked at the complexity of the course! After the first few easy jumps fence 4ab was a white wall on a curving line to a skinny wall, fence 5 was a hedge that looked like you…

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Well knock me down with a feather we did a clear round!

With Dustry’s first EVER one day event just under 2 weeks away we have been practising our XC and SJ as much as possible. I took him over the few little home-made XC fences we have on the farm, and after an initial ‘you expect me to jump this higgledy piggledy heap of tyres???’ moment he popped them sweetly and went on to jump the whole line of 6 up and back without hesitation. We went off to Elmwood Equestrian last Saturday for a lesson with my instructor Amanda Brewer over the SJs on grass and a few XC fences…

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