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    First PSG report

    Slightly delayed report as disappeared off on holiday straight after the event last week but deserves a proper report! Total and utter dream come true. Ever since I rode my first dressage test many many years ago I set my lifetime ambition to ride a PSG test in a tailcoat. Well finally those...
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    So, I think Monty's Advanced debut deserves a post of its own!

    Took my little man to Pachesham yesterday to have a go at Adv102. This is something we have been working towards for a long time. The first time I did a Medium on him I thought I'd reached his limits then I managed to crack the changes so we did an Advanced Medium and I said I'd be happy if he...
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    Tweseldown this weekend

    Anyone else going? I am writing for the dressage for section B on Saturday morning then competing Sunday morning in section K. Hoping the currently forecast rain stays away! So far this year have entered the first BE then a PC ODE at Tweseldown and both were cancelled so here's to third...
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    Weekend report

    With SOE cancelled we did an extended form of combined training. We went to BD at Priory on Saturday to do AM85/AM92. Sadly no piccies/videos as all on my lonesome. We had a judge who actually used the range of marks and we managed to get 68.3% in AM85 and a whopping 70.14% in AM92. Our...
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    What's on on Sunday around Surrey/Berks/Hants?

    Thanks to SOE cancelling I now have a free weekend. Need to go and do something on Sunday. So far we have found out about arena eventing at Merrist Wood but would only do the 1m class and would rather do 2 classes. Coombelands have Discovery/1.05m which would be a good challenge as we need to...
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    Orange horse does XC schooling at Tweseldown

    https://youtu.be/IpFBvKT-aak At this rate we are going to end up at Badminton without a prep run! First, Tweseldown cancelled. Then I withdrew from Goring as were 594th to go of the weekend and I knew the ground wouldn't suit him - post event reports confirmed my suspicions. Now SOE have...
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    Not quite an eventing report yet, but we did win an Advanced Med

    No eventing for us yet after the cancellation of Tweseldown. Have to wait until Goring so we went out for more dressage at the weekend. Went to Priory for an first go at AM96 and while we were at it thought we might as well have a first go at AM98 too. It's only the Regionals test - how hard...
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    Orange horse update - the tailcoat has landed!

    Been quietly plugging away over the winter training. The orange one is 17 this year so have been reassessing our aims for him and it is likely he probably won't do an awful lot more eventing after this year but we'll see how it goes. He feels incredible at the moment. The other week we went...
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    An update - Advanced Medium fun!

    Been quietly plugging away at the old dressage lark since we did our last event early September. Did a couple of Advanced Mediums in early September and surprised ourselves by qualifying for the Area Festivals with two scores over 63% so also half qualified for Winter Regionals. Area Festivals...
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    First affiliated Advanced Mediums

    http://competitiondiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/frensham-manor-bd-12-09-15.html Blog above. Safe to say the ginger one was a superstar as always. 63.8% in AM85 and 63.2% in AM92, qualified for Area Festivals and halfway towards Winter Regionals on our first attempt. Couldn't really ask for...
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    Awesome orange horse has done it again - Badders here we come!

    http://competitiondiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/firle-be100-regional-finals-29-08-15.html Just too much to write out here - have just written epic blog - link above. Have had him 5yrs today and he is just bloody awesome!
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    Orange one does his first Advanced Medium

    Couldn't ask for more from this little horse. I have the most wonderful, encouraging trainer who has been making us feel that the world is our oyster despite him only being 15.2hh, having back legs a foot longer than his front ones and being built on his forehand. His brain is what makes him...
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    The orange one gets a win! Rackham BE100

    Been knocking on the door of a win all season. 5 events and 5 top ten finishes. Been in top 5 last 3 events. Rackham was his day. 28.5 for 2nd after dressage, clear SJ round a track that sent poles (and riders!) flying everywhere and awesome clear XC 8secs inside time. He really is a...
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    Nunney International BE100 report

    Orange boy pulled off another top 5 finish - 3rd one in a row now. Less than 50% of the class SJ clear but he did a lovely double clear, safely inside the time and finished on his dressage of 30.8 He really is a total legend! I walked the Novice XC track as well as my own and do think we can...
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    Couple of updates (and some tempi changes!)

    So it seems the orange one is on a bit of a roll since Badminton. It's lovely - everything looks so much smaller and more achievable after the hugeness of Badders! I walked the 100 eyeing up the Novice and wondering how I was ever terrified of the 90. We did Borde Hill BE100 2weeks ago. He...
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    Badminton Grassroots - what an experience!

    Last year's Badminton didn't exactly go to plan. We qualified for the 90, had been out winning at 100, did a great dressage for 27.8, clear SJ and then I went flying at the coffin which was way more than he had ever seen before. So, the last year was spent doing much more in the way of XC...
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    Video of whole round from SOE BE100

    https://vimeo.com/126279281 Ridervideo sent me this today. Video of our whole round at SOE. Considering first run of the year and still only our 8th BE100 think he is looking really happy and confident. We went steady as he was only just coming back to full fitness. Only iffy moment when...
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    Hambleden BE100 - last run before Badminton

    Another good one for us. Last year he won at Hambleden, this year a slightly tense dressage and having the likes of Bettina Hoy in my section left us 8th after dressage. Super duper clear SJ making it all feel so easy and then somehow knocked 30secs or so off our XC time from last year and got...
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    We are still alive - just!!

    Been a bit quiet recently but it has been rather a stressful, worrying time. Our first run of the season at Moreton ended after the SJ when he ballooned a fence so big it put my back out which has been niggling at me since a heavy fall in January. No way could I go XC. Then poor Monts managed...
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    Merrist Wood Winter Regionals report - pic and vid overload!

    http://competitiondiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/merrist-wood-winter-regional.html This is my blog link to my excited wordy, picture overloaded report. Dramatic weekend with lorry breakdowns and friends to the rescue, stress levels through the roof but my super duper amazing little horse with...
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    What a week! Arena eventing, XC schooling, BD and red rossies!!

    I've prefixed the thread Eventing as we have basically done all 3 phases this week, albeit in reverse order, perhaps no bad thing given how well he did - should make it a thing! First I just have to show you this - after 4years of trying, the little pony is finally learning to fly! and fly...
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    Hard work paying off - flying changes teaching.

    Went to a clinic with Roland Tong on Friday. Not had a lesson from him before but found it really useful. He asked a lot of us - never cantered so much but Monty ended up going really well. I did specifically ask to work on canter half pass so we broke it down into leg yield, shoulder-in and...
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    Debut Medium Freestyle to Music - we won!

    http://competitiondiary.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/sjl-lesson-and-bd-fsm-at-merrist-wood.html Full report in my blog above including videos. We started with the Elementary which was a nice, consistent, easy feeling test and he won the Restricted (2nd Overall in a huge class of 19) on a whopper...
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    Couple of jumping reports

    Been a bit quiet as the orange one has had a bit of a holiday but we went out again last weekend for an unaffiliated arena SJ/XC 1m class. He was last to go, hadn't walked the course as they ran much earlier than planned, got lost and yet somehow we left all the fences up and won! Have never...
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    First affiliated Mediums

    Bit of a milestone for us today. Never ever thought I'd see this day when I got my orange boy 4yrs ago. I bought him as a jumping schoolmaster and his flatwork wasn't the best and it took me a long time to work out how to get the best out of him. He never really came good until he had a load...
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    More BSJA - almost starting to like it!

    http://competitiondiary.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/bsja-parwood-19-10-14.html Lots of piccies and a video in my blog. No point posting them on here as someone will likely button press even though they were taken by a friend! Well chuffed with the orange one today. First 1.05m Open and he was...
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    As more reports were requested, here is a rare BSJA one!

    http://competitiondiary.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/sj-practice-and-bsja-outing.html No pics or vids from comp unfortunately but a little video from training on Wednesday.
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    Moreton Morrell BE90 Regional Finals

    http://competitiondiary.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/moreton-morrell-be90-regional-finals-27.html A fun day out for us for once! No pressure, many less nerves and think we both had a good time!
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    Blenheim BE100 Eventers Challenge (inc hedcam!)

    Over the moon with my little orange one today. So chuffed to have got over our iffy spell earlier this year and be feeling confident in each other again. First go at an Eventers Challenge today (we have done JAS before but not a solid fences version) Thought the course was great - good...
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    Bloody brilliant orange horse - Badminton here we come!

    Ah, he is such a total and utter superstar. I really am such a lucky girl to have such a wonder horse. BE100 Regionals at Goring today. Only our 2nd BE100 after our blip earlier in the season and looked to be a technical one but he aced it totally! We spent last weekend training at Nick...
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