Baydale Bounces Back: Keysoe BE100 Report

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Ok, I've nothing remarkable to report really but boy oh boy does it feel good to be back competing.
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Yesterday was Marty's eventing debut. Quick recap on who Marty is: Irish 6yo bought last year as a hunter but....ahem....didn't settle terribly well
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over the winter with me so OH had the brilliant idea (same brilliant idea that I'd had several months earlier, funnily enough) that he should go eventing to teach him some manners.
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Marty's problem is that he can't keep his focus on one thing, then gets tense and rude when you ask him to not do that naughty thing - could be trying to put you in a hedge/ditch/over the edge of the school, depending on the situation. He's been out to a couple of small shows, lessons etc and been xc schooling twice (with Naomi who works for us on him, as he's her favourite), so of course it was a wise choice to ride him in my first event back.
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Dressage: he's a bit weak although he moves well, but looks something akin to a prize heifer/show hunter at the moment. He tensed in the canter warming up and it was like Wall of Death round the warm up, but settle better in the ring and other than a fluffed halt and a break into trot early, I was pleased with him. He did the ODE at Cranwell and took off with me, only just staying in the arena, so anything had to be better than that.
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Was pleased to get 35.5, plenty of room for improvement when he can stay consistently soft through his back and lighten his forehand.

We walked the course, and I was just about to get on to showjump....not v impressed to hear my name being shouted over the tannoy as they were waiting for me to jump (it was 20 minutes until my time
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), and despite KatB's best chill techniques I was still a tad stressed. Again, as he's weak and his canter's not that great, he inverts over a fence. I know it will come with time but at the moment I'm just happy with a horse that's on my side and not taking off with his head in the air whenever I gently half-halt (no honestly, I do half-halt gently
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). I had to ride him more forward than usual as his eyes were out on stalks, so he ran off head in the air to 2 and had that down, then got a bit deep to an oxer (lovely bottom wiggling - him, not me
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- on the vid as I tried to straighten him on the approach) and had that too. Bless him, he's normally Mr I Am at home but he was starting to feel like Mr I'm Not Too Sure about the whole day at Keysoe.

I quickly got changed and went straight over to accost Thistle, XC Steward Extraordinaire, who seemed pleased to see me considering last time she saw me on a horse I was very soon off it and she rescued me from being ham-fistedly (made up word
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) undressed by paramedics.
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I popped a few warm-up fences, maybe one of them without him sticking his head up in the air and just going, then went to the start. After a cheery/queasy wave to Abi in the start box, off we set: no head up to the first fence, I swear I saw his nostrils on our approach to the second
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, a lesser version of that to the decent oxer at 3 and then he must have decided if he runs to a deep spot it's harder work, so he started to settle (relieved is an understatement
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). He spooked at the plastic sheep at 4, was fab over the corner at 5, carrot box at 6, came round to the water, trotted in, trotted up step and did a huge "eek" at the people the other side of the barrels that he'd only just spotted (dope), so a bit of an awkward wobble out of trot over that, then fab off the step to the skinny, ditto the next few until the coffin. I got my best coffin canter, or the best you can with a weak on-the-forehand 6yo, he popped in and went "holy s**t, you never told me there was a ditch there!", big twisty jump over it and an odd two and a bit strides to the skinny-ish rails out, but then fab up the steps to rail, chair and surprisingly cool about the pagoda fence to finish, albeit in a classic Marty-stylie inverted way - thanks KatB for pointing that out
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, but the undercarriage was up so I was happy.
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I'd just trundled round so wasn't too upset with 9 time and was really chuffed that he'd settled so well and not had too many head in the air moments. I'm sure his manners will come in time as bitting isn't an issue, just his attitude - kinda "don't tell me what to do
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" - but I think that's borne more out of his early life as he's a really kind, lovely horse, just with a tad more strength of character than some.
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Tea and biccies for those that've made it this far, get back in practice as I'm out again on Thursday with the Huge One.
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Will post the link to the photos when they're up.
 

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SOuds like a very educational day for him....i love your reports, glad to have you back doing them!!

Even if i am a teeny, tiny bit jealous you beat me back to eventing!!
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I cannot quite believe that since the start of the season you have managed to break your pelvis and still be healed and out competing before I have even so much as sat on my horse again! That is truly remarkable and a testament to your strength of mind!

All credit to you, sounds like Marty was pretty good really, yet again I am left wondering how your 'bad' days can sound quite so much like my 'good' days. All the best riders in green are going for the 'inverted jump' look these days anyway, or so I've heard
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Welcome back! I'm so glad you chose one of your more laid back, experienced boys to come back with
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Seriously, glad you got round safely and that you're pleased with Marty.

Best of luck with HH on Thursday
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Great to read your reports once more, they are always so entertaining.
Bet it feels good to get the 'first one back' over and done with.
Good on you.
 

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Seeing as youre so good with these opinonated little wotsits, I shall bring you more than just the rowing machine on Thursday!

Clever Marty, he really is a dude, attitude and all
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Nice to have you back, hopefully not so green and grumpy, or do i mean more green and less grumpy?
 

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On the plus side SC at least I suppose we should be grateful she came out at BE100 rather than deciding to pop HH round an AI or something!!! Well done Nicky, I'm sure he's rapidly coming round to your way of thinking!
 

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HH's debut is Thurs - Intermediate at Aston Le Walls, I believe!

Nicky I was more nervous watching you yesterday than I am watching B! It was such a relief to see you still on your horse at the finish.
 

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Thanks everyone, but trust me AutumnRose, you wouldn't have been jealous of how icky I felt before going xc.
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SC - Oh yes, I'm stubborn, no doubt about that.
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I missed that round but I don't think mine was that inverted. Ask KatB, she's my Inversion Specialist.
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wizoz - I was grateful that Naomi's been letting him get so fat, as I think that dampened his ardour somewhat.

Yes Bubblegum, it was definitely a case of getting it out of the way.
 

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Awww Thistle, does that mean you've adopted me?
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My mum never watches: classic Blenheim moment was when she hadn't heard a single bit of the commentary as she'd been in the Craft Tent with her fingers in her ears.
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Thanks Nats_uk, I didn't do it that well but we decided I should have got the prize for the Fattest and Shiniest Pony.

BBs you'll never get him in the car with the rowing machine.
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Grumpy? How very dare you?
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t_e oh yes, it's my way or the highway, although I feel I should stand by this one as I chose him.
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I guess he was fairly fresh off the boat and still had his sea legs, as the land legs are much more feisty.
 

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Well done - clever Marty and brave Baydale! What are you planning to do next with him? BTW I saw Clem Tompsett whilst walking the course at Isleham and he asked after you - gave him a good chuckle when I said you were Aston-bound on the big boy!
 

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SC - Oh yes, I'm stubborn, no doubt about that.
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I missed that round but I don't think mine was that inverted. Ask KatB, she's my Inversion Specialist.
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The difference in your inversion and "the other" green persons inversion is the absence of a great big american gag and a green person hanging off the end of the reins
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Marty is just a very individual pony
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Seriously, was great to see you back out doing what you do best
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How could I adopt you - I am already your mum!

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PMSL I'd forgotten about that comment. Funnier for me than for you iirc.
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Youre probably right, hes been at all the Jaffas recently, he bearly fits in the lorry, let alone the car.
Yeah, you have been... grumpy
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Kit, that's v sweet of him to ask after me. I did comment to David Merrett before I went xc that I was sure he'd be as pleased as I would be to see me through the finish.
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Marty's at Shelford next and then maybe Lt Downham if they're still taking entries.

Marty most definitely has a v unique style KatB, but it was good to feel him so
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rather than
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about it all, little know-it-all just found out he doesn't know it all....yet.
 

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Good to hear you out and about again Nicky! We have soooo missed your reports with your unique
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style of humour!!! Not sure on the choice of Marty for your first ride back though - so v glad it all went to plan (hope you were not too sore afterwards) hope HH is a good boy and looks after you thursday (which I am sure his handsomness will
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Good to see you back Nicky (might stop you shouting at all your pupils quite so much) and I can confirm that Marty was definitely the shiniest (and most well rounded) pony there!
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I must say that they didn't just call for you once to go SJ, more like 8 times and they gave you a 2 minute, then a 1 minute warning!! I understand you 'politely' pointed out you still had 20 minutes before your time when you got there?
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See, you've been sorely missed.
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Perhaps Marty REALLY wants to be a WH? Hence his "see food" diet.

Glad to hear it went well and congrats in adding another bay string to your bow.
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I hereby award you one Gamebird point for creative use of alliteration
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And another Gamebird point for blooming well getting back on and getting back out there
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Though I shall miss my groom now that you have your own ponies to ride
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Thanks Maloo. You know what they say though: "handsome is as handsome does", I'm sure HH will be entertaining, one way or another.
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m_m - really? Hence the banter, or should I say heckling, I was getting from David Merrett AND the sj judge when I was warming up. I did point that out to them, yes.
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Marty has obviously been talking to Arthur about diets TarrSteps, as he's now a very similar shape. Not sure M would like judges riding him though tbh
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, so I'll steer clear of WH classes unless it's with Arthur (entry done, first one on 24th
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One point Gamebird, one lousy point?
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I'm not very clever but I can lift heavy weights*/alliterate* (if it's a verb?)/spell* (*delete as appropriate). I think more than one Gamebird point for doing that yesterday AND staying up till 2am cleaning up after our party (and then getting up at 6 to be tanked around the field by HH having a pipe opener). Or maybe a medal as I'm such a heroine
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(tongue in cheek folks, tongue in cheek
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Fantastic overdue report! Good to have you back!

Sounds like an entertaining day!

Good young Marty!

I also hear that S has done very well with a 2yr old 1 show & straight into HOYS!

Also what will HH think on Thur he will be expecting to come out your truck & e taken over to JP what will the picture on his face be when he she's you in your Kermit colours!

Glad your still in one piece & back to doing the propper job! LOL!
 

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Thanks K, feels good to be back, believe me.
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Tell me which 2yo please, I need to know!

HH was chuffed enough to be jumping at home yesterday never mind what he'll be like on Thursday.
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Mind you, his face might drop when he sees JP come over to help me warm up.
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*Chuckling*
Oh,are you glad to be back?
'The man' sounds like all my horses rolled into one!!!!!
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You have sincerely inspired me for my next 3 shows,and boy,did I need it.....
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Glad yr back! Go get 'em!
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