Askham Bryan report. Not the best day on paper but..............

charlimouse

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I am chuffed to bits :D!

Pickle did a sweet obedient test for 33, which I thought was about right and left us comfortably in the top half of the section.

SJ looked reasonably meaty as the biggest I have jumped Pickle is a BE80 track! I rode like a complete muppet and Pickle saved my bacon on more than 1 occasion. He even managed to fit 3 strides in the 2 stride double as I buried him at the first element :eek:. Despite my frequent sabotage attempts Pickle somehow managed to jump clear. He is so careful!

















Off to the XC. Just as I was on 5 being counted down somebody fell off at the last fence (which was next to fence 1), meaning there was a loose horse. I frantically asked the starter 'am I still going?' to which they carried on counting. I assumed that was a yes and off we set, hoping the loose horse wouldn't run into my path :eek:. Bless him, Pickle was amazing a didn't bat an eyelid. He jumped brilliantly and sailed round..........




















.................until we got to the water at the 3rd last. We jumped the fence before (a gappy boat house on a downhill slope) brilliantly. My plan was to trot into the water as it was down a steep little slope and the entrance was quite narrow, plus the sun was reflecting off it. I asked Pickle to slow, and he pretty much ignored me. I figured that as he had been going so well he would be fine, so allowed him to keep cantering. Pickle saw the water on the last stride, jinked left and unfortunately as the entrance was narrow we went the wrong side of the flag, so 20 penalties. Lesson learnt! TBH we were both too cocky as we were both finding it easy. Quickly rectified the mistake and finished nicely over the last 2, with just 4.4 time penalties despite the run out. Very annoying as we would have been 5th without the 20 pens! But over all I am so pleased with him, he made it feel easy and helped me out when necessary, I can't believe he is only 5! I am still grinning like a cheshire cat. I still have Oasby and Norton Disney BE90's to do with him, so time to rectify the mistake, and get a clean run.

In other news Jem did a double clear in the BE100 and came 4th.........again :cool:!
 
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I love Pickle :D Especially how he tucks his knees up so high in the SJ - definately wasn't going to touch that rustic!

Are there going to be any photos of Jem? :)
 

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Dads are useless at that kind of thing... At least he did take good photos of Pickle though - so slightly redeemed!

Set his alarm clock for him next time :p
 

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Well done!! Mine looks bad on paper too! 2 refusals at the ditch but over at the third attempt! So I'm pleased he actually got over its a vast improvement on the usual tantrums!! Nice to meet u and put a face to the name x
 

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Well done to both charliemouse & muddyboots - I can say that the course walk with Gamebird definately helped my daughter as although we didnt run our 100 horse XC (he didnt feel right in the SJ) we got 10th place in the 90 with not the greatest dressage score (daughter had a slight memory block & forgot to trot when on the centre line) But then she made me very proud & did a double clear.
 

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Well done, what a star pickle is. I wouldn't worry about the blip at all, what a great first outing at that level.

I really like your xcountry colours on him :)
 

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I love the photo of Pickle over the rustic SJ! What a fabulous set of knees he has :D He sounds like he has a very exciting future ahead of him - I look forward to hearing more :)

And as for Jem - what a superstar!! :D
 

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Cheers folks, I think he is fab, though I am perhaps a little biased! He is so clean with his legs it is a bit ridiculous, he needs to learn not to waste energy jumping too high! It will come, he is so easy I keep forgetting he is just a green baby.
 

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No, as Dad (AKA personal photographer) was still in bed when Jem went round :mad:. He rocked up at 11am and seemed bewilered Jem had finished over a hour before and I was already warming up Pickle for his dressage :rolleyes:.
Aww, you can't knock him - you have some of the best photos at events ever in general! I live in your general area, and plan where I am going to go when I get going again from your photos!

Well done, what a shame for the water, but not a massive thing all in all!
 

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Aww, you can't knock him - you have some of the best photos at events ever in general! I live in your general area, and plan where I am going to go when I get going again from your photos!

Well done, what a shame for the water, but not a massive thing all in all!
Thanks, Dad will be pleased to know that!

I am still kicking myself about the water :eek:.
 

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Annoying re the water, but nothing fundamental - just irritating! Well done. Well done Jem, too. I laughed at your starter moment - I had similar yest with a v enthusiastic starter who gave me 10 seconds when I arrived at the start and sent me off even though one was stopping a fence or two in on the course!
 

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Pretty Pickle :). Shame about the stop but there are some horse (like my LB) who know better than their riders you know. Good to have two more to go still but he's a star for ignoring the loose horse - just shows how hard he was concentrating on his job.
Super-Jem! How reliable is she, bless her :).
 

charlimouse

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Pretty Pickle :). Shame about the stop but there are some horse (like my LB) who know better than their riders you know. Good to have two more to go still but he's a star for ignoring the loose horse - just shows how hard he was concentrating on his job.
Super-Jem! How reliable is she, bless her :).
A bit too reliable :rolleyes:. This season we have been 5th and 6th once, 4th 4 times and 3rd twice. It's getting a bit wearing I want to be in the top 2 now :eek:!
 
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