After 2 months off competing whilst I took my A level exams, its great to be back out with Finnegan.
At the end of June, I picked up Finnegan and Kidogo from Amie Slinger who had been looking after them. After riding them for two weeks Finnegan and I went showjumping at Speetley BSJA. We started in the Newcomers 1.10m, coming into the first fence I tried to hold him straight when he spooked at the first fence, but instead I should have kicked him through the spook, so he managed to spin on me. However as the round went on I got back into the swing of jumping, and he settled more to jump nicely. I then put him in his first BS 1.15m where the second part of the course is about 1.25m, in this round I rode more forward and it paid off as he was more in front of my leg he didn’t have chance to spook, so jumped a double clear.
Last weekend we went to Aston-le-walls in Northamptonshire to do the BE Novice. Although the ground everywhere is rock hard, the team at Aston had water tankers running continuously and the ground was great. Having had only one dressage lesson in almost 3 months, I was impressed by how well he went in the dressage, and scored a 32.5. In my last jump lesson we had worked on giving him a tap over the first few warm up fences to get him to commit to the fence instead of backing off on the approach. When I tried this at Aston it really worked and he jumped a great round SJ to go clear. On the cross country he tested me at the start by trying to drift, but I kept straightening him and he finished clear. Although we would have finished in the placings had I not had a navigational error after a corner which wasted a lot of time.
This week Finnegan and I are competing in the National U18 Championships on the Northern Team. This is his first 3 day event which should be interesting to say the least. So next time I will update you on that.