This weekend's event report & pics (? not as grown up as I thought)

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After our successful run out last Sunday, Flo and OH were well up for their latest affiliated outing (Intro at Kircubbin), and were glad to get a run after the rain we had all week (event supposed to run a fortnight ago, but postponed).

Got up to heavy rain, but it eased and went off completely just as we drove into the lorry park (which was on hardstanding)
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The ground was fantastic considering the weather, bit sticky along the short end of the arena next to the judges car, but due to our mega early start (5am to leave at 7) they were second into the arena so definitely got the best of the ground.

A few warm up pics....

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and just because I love it..

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I videoed the test and was quite pleased, she was a lot less tense than at her last event, and apart from a wobbly first centre line everything seemed to go well. Unfortunately Mrs Judge didn't agree. She was 7th after dressage, but with a score of 39 (top was 30 - v big moving warmblood), and I thought perhaps ~35 would have been fairer and would have placed her nearer horses she normally beats. Joys of dressage, anyway it didn't turn out to be a dressage competition
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Anyway, had a four hour break then before SJ so Poppy, OH and I walked the XC (nice course, twisty but nice, and a good variety of fences incl a coffin with a turn between a and b, couple of skinnies, and a trakhener).

The SJ judge didn't take her lunchbreak (dedicated lady) so the intro SJ was running early with OH due in 3rd in the class. We had a short warm up (10min) but FLo was going really well in a nice rhythm and not touching anything, so didn't ask for extra time and they went on in.

She turned into a 4yo after she jumped the second fence, bouncing and humping and let out quite a large buck just after fence 4, nearly missing the tight dog leg turn to number 5 and understandably taking the front pole of it. Unfortunately she also had the last fence down (2nd part of a two stride double)as OH pushed far too hard in the middle and she flattened. Oops
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XC was next and the second and third fences were causing lots of problems for the N and PN classes as they were right beside the lorry park, and 3 was a blind drop into a laneway so lots of backward thinking horses there.

OH was 2nd intro to go XC and the first had already napped at fence 1, and had a stop at 3 before he started.

One was fine telegraph pole spread with flowers in front)...

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and so was 2 (a large seat fence off a downhill approach away from the collecting ring)...

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and three (drop into lane) was fine, just slowed up slightly. Fence 4 was a combination. A was a skinny made out of sleepers, two strides to B - a tyre fence, and the only problem I could potentially see was that they were jumping into a gap in a gorse copse. Well anyway from where I was (roughly behind her) she seemed to be slowing up and at the last minute dropped her shoulder and ran out left. They re-presented and sailed over, and flew through all the potentially more difficult fences - water with a v narrow approach, the coffin with water running in the ditch, the trakhener and came home v fast.

Call me shallow, competitive what ever you like, but I can't help being a little disappointed that she still feels the need to 'have a look' at an unusual question, and I admit to being sharp with the OH and called him a muppet (among other things).

However - we washed her off and walked her, and I calmed down a bit. Boxed her up, and we headed over to the sec's caravan to say goodbye and make a start on the 2hr journey home.

This is the good bit
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Seemingly fence 4 caused carnage in the intro class, there were about 8 stops at it I think. Once they put the time faults up especially, the scoreboard completely changed. OH only got 4.8 time, and most others got in double figures, so unbelieveably there were only 5 clear rounds and OH and Flo were 6th
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So...good points were..
- they got placed again
- she seems to have got over her ditch and water phobias
-dressage was OK

Slightly disappointed by...
- dressage score (though poor first c line may have out the judge off, she was def more lenient with others ie comments about bad ground which we didn't get any allowance for)
- two fences down SJ (was previously clear in last 3) but she was being an real t*t
- the stop XC (even though it was at the bogey fence)

I was really thinking she was ready for PN (confident XC, and nearly finding 90cm SJ too small), but after Saturday maybe not, and we should wait a bit longer.

Help
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that's annoying the one stop, but at least she has no problem with the other fences. Is it worth moving her up to pre-novice and seeing if it phases her or not? It's not a huge amount of difference and might just challenge her enough to make her think a bit more?
 

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dressage is always a learning process at this level and that will come in time, as we all know horses are unpredictable at the best of times, i think that you need to do 3 double clears at intro before moving up to PN to be sure she is happy and secure in all phases, best to move slowly rather than go too quick and risk scaring her and loosing all that hard work.
she looks like she enjoys her work and i wouldn;t worry too much about her having a look at the new things just need OH to give her plenty of confidence when you know there's a new fence in the course- look at the badders horses even they run out occasionally!
 

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Well done - ribbons are never easy to come by and she's still a baby isn't she? Sounds like a good day at the office and more experience and confidence banked for the future
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You see - thats why I'm torn. At least half the course was changed from last year, and she jumped all the new fences fine (barring the one) including a v spooky coffin. She also jumped round a 90cm unaff class last weekend nearly too confidently, she could have done with a bit more of a fence in front to back her off if that makes sense.

I think thats why I'm slightly disappointed with this weekend's stop, as I was getting mre and more certain she was ready, and now I'm not so sure.

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Thanks TD - she's a baby in terms of mileage, as it was only her 8th EI event (spread over three seasons) but she is 8 this year.

She was hunted last winter, and I thought it had made a big diference in terms of confidence. I'm starting to doubt that though.

Don't get me wrong, she still went well (and got placed), and the course was very tough judging by the amount of faults, but if she had gone clear I could have planned the rest of the season with a lot more certainty.

I'm dithering slightly at the moment.

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looking great in the photos
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Well done, did you get prize money?

Tbh I think you should move up to PN, dunnany is at end of June which would be perfect, long but nice
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only thing there is that the sj is usually full up, but I think she would be fine
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No prize money
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unfortunately.

I had been thinking about Dunany, as their XC is more intro standard than PN really (unless it has altered massively since I was last there). There are plenty of places we can to go to practise SJ in the meantime.

Maybe I can think of somewhere to go XC schooling that has a PN course, and decide after that.

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Well done for getting placed with a stop XC. I did the same at Stafford last year and couldn't believe it! I don't think you've got much to worry about as it was just a blip at the bogey fence.

She's looking lovely
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There was a skinny into the sunken road with a downhill approach which so many people stopped at. Personally I thought it was far too technical for Intro. I was really annoyed my mare stopped and I certainly didn't expect to come 8th!
 

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What does your husband think? He's doing the riding, isn't he?
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I think she has really come on from last year and is looking lovely.
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My OH is too laid back to make decisions.

Before Saturday though, he thought she was ready.

That why I have to ask you lot for advice
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Maybe do another intro and a bit of xc schooling over some bigger stuff, see how she feels then before making the decision to do PN. You'd be miffed if you cracked on and she went backwards because she wasn't quite ready.
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I think that it sounds like a good day! And if you got placed on a stop then obviously the course was very hard and they did really well! I also think your horse looks fab and they seem to get on well together. I probably can't give you better tips then whats already been mentioned but just see how it goes! Good luck!
 

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Thanks BD. Thats the right decision really, suppose I was just clutching at straws and thinking she might be ready for PN at Dunany in June (they don't run an intro).

Maybe its just as well the course was really tough on Saturday, if it was easy and she skipped round then we might have been tempted to push on too early.

I'll try and think of somewhere stiff to school around.

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sounds like a good day overall - may be worth moving up and see how you get on just school over some fences that size first
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Thanks Fran. We have a break with no events here now for a few weeks, so will try to think of somewhere really good to go schooling.

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You could try Tullymurry they sometimes let you cross country school
or ring lewis lowry and have a turn around millbridge if their fields are open
probably wait for a few days with no rain before you phone though!!!
 

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Thanks
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They competed round Tullymurry the weekend before (some PN fences/some intro ones) and were v confident, so we could go again (as they are really close) but might not learn a lot.

Never thought of millbridge (LL is OH's uncle), as I don't know how many bigger fences they have as we haven't been for ages.

Dukes maybe, but again have schooled there lots.

I NEED somewhere new
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your up beflast so I assume banbridge is a bit far?
Millbridge I believe would only just have some pre-novice fences,a few looky things but tbh I wouldn't be jumping about going there, although it has a water that most horses aren't keen on and ditches. There's a nice place newcastle as well but again prob too far?
 

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We're 1/2 way between Banbridge and Castlewellan (a**e end of nowhere as the rest of our family call it). Have been to the new place near Dromore! Where in Newcastle?? - it is 20 min away from us??
Thanks skhosu (naughty girl for changing your username - I am obviously feeling a bit slow tonight)
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lol, no idea why I thought you were near belfast!
Newcastle, it's at a riding school place, probably leans more towards lower heights( plenty of stuff for them) but does have some large steps, no jumps into water but drops in, has ditches and lots of space and lovely place to go. A few looky things, might not give as much education, I know we had a good day out but can't remember how big it all was.
it's very near to newcastle, you drive through newcastle then are practically in it.

lol, since the inspiration of previous name the animals are dead/sold thought it was time for a change!
 

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ok, we think its tollymore riding and trekking centre, on tullbrannigan road, might be worth a ring to see what they have now (they were building more when we were there)
 
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