Our Merrist Wood Regionals... man I love Genie!

miss_c

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We set off on Tuesday for Merrist Wood and I was pleasantly surprised with the journey - very easy! Genie travelled in her usual relaxed style and felt much the same about her stable... Well, it did have food in it!







A comfortable night was had by all....

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...and then I was up early on Weds morning to do the arena walk. Really not sure why I bothered as her maj didn't look at anything, although had I not done it then she probably would have come the test! A bit of wait then until our test at 11.40am so I spent my time plaiting and then had plenty of time to worry.

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She warmed up well, and on the whole I was pleased with the test. It felt good but usually when tests feel good they get a rubbish mark! There will be a video once I figure out how to get it off of mum's phone and onto mine, but in the meantime please imagine a bay welsh cob looking gorgeous. ;)

Was VERY pleased to see the scoreboard a little later and see that we had posted 68.33%. As always G split the judges with a 17 mark difference between her highest and lowest score. Upon receiving our sheets I found that while the judge at H gave her a 9 for her first centre line, the judge at M only gave a 6.5... hey ho, that's part and parcel of it!

As I was first to go it was a very long and tense wait for us at the lorry, utilising the online scores to follow where I was in the class. At the halfway point we were in 6th and with a lot of smart horses still to come I was not hopeful of a top 10 finish. As the class progressed and we stayed in 6th I got more and more tense, remembering summer regionals when we were in 10th right until the last 3 scores were posted all together. I did not celebrate until there were just three scores left and we were still in 7th!

In the end we were 8th, and I am absolutely over the moon with the pony. 7th was on the same score as us but won on collectives. The judge at H had Genie in 1st which is the icing on the cake. Sadly the presentation was unmounted for 5th-10th but I did go back to the stable with her bridle to take some photos to commemorate the day...










A comfortable journey home (especially for the bichons!) and we got back to the yard about 8pm. Unloaded the pony and the bare essentials, settled her in and then it was home to flop! I am so so so so so so proud of her. (Have I mentioned I love my pony and am proud of her?)






It was lovely to see a fellow H&H'er in my class. M it was great to see you again and I'm sorry I didn't recognise you first thing in the arena walk - I really wasn't awake!!!!!

Thank you for reading, and apologies if the photos are huge...
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SoldierBlue

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A fantastic and well deserved result :) Sorry I didn't see you before we left, we were monitoring the results on the live feed all the way home! Hope to see you out and about again!
 

miss_c

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Well done!! Great result, and I can see why you love your pony (and your dogs!).
Thank you! Have I mentioned I love the pony? ;) The dogs bless them are so easy at a show. We've only had Quincey (the one with bones on his collar, not spots) about a month and this was his first proper 'party' and he was incredibly well behaved.

Fantastic - really well done, and lovely photos :)
Thank you! :)

Well done, beautiful horse.
Thank you! She's not bad for a little coblet! ;)

Fab report and well done!!
Thank you!!

She is just so gorgeous!
Shhhh! She might hear you, her head is big enough already! ;)

Well done! What's the plan for 2015? :)
Thank you! We're going to go for Petplan Areas at Novice and Summer Regionals at Prelim if she's still in the points but we shall see. I'd quite like to get a freestyle uptogether as well, but being a musician I find it really hard as I'm too much of a perfectionist with it!

Thank you!

Well done. Great result in a big class!
Thank you!! Really really chuffed, the competition was fierce!

Fab result! Well done you and Genie!
Thank you P_P!

A fantastic and well deserved result :) Sorry I didn't see you before we left, we were monitoring the results on the live feed all the way home! Hope to see you out and about again!
Thank you! It was so lovely to see you and I'm sure we'll cross paths again! This whole live feed thing is both great and scary, far too much tension waiting for it to update!

Well done, she looks great, as do the doggies! :)
Thank you MD! :D

Well done! You and Star have done HHO proud :)
Thank you! There's been a fair few HHO'ers out this time and everyone has done really well - go HHO! :D

What a fab report - well done!
Thank you!! :D
 

miss_c

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Genie is gorgeous, I always enjoy your reports and congratulations on your placing!
Thank you!! I'm not the best or most entertaining at reports, but it's nice to get feedback that people enjoy them!

Congratulations, very well done!
Thank you! Still on a high!

Fantastic results, I love hearing about Genie. Can't wait to see the vid :)
Thank you! Got to steal Mum's phone and get it onto the computer... the filming is a little erratic!

Fab! Well done to you and Genie!
Thank you!

Love Genie, love you....what a fab report. All the facebook updates kept me nicely entertained :) xxx
Haha yes my Facebook was a little manic on Weds! When are you coming for a sit? ;)





For anybody wondering about GG's comment about my facebook, this is a rough summary...

12.30 - 68.33%! Yay!
1.30 - Clinging onto 6th!
2.15 - Still 6th, 9 scores to come...
2.30 - Down to 7th
2.31 - (FRIEND FOLLOWING THE SCORES ONLINE) Just 6 scores to come!
3.05 - WORST WE CAN BE IS 10TH!!!! :D
3.10 - AT LEAST 9TH!!!!! :D
3.15 - WE'VE COME 8TH!!!

I'd like to apologise to my facebook friends for the barrage of updates they got!
 
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