Roz and Aina fitted in two runs in the Easter
vacation, both BE90. A good dressage but two stops XC at
Howick was followed by a superb run at Sapey, clear and
inside the time without hurrying.
Summer, though, was trashed
by the weather – as it was for most people. Plans
to upgrade to BE100 went down the plughole as course after
course became waterlogged and cancellations multiplied.
Going showjumping instead, they worked up to 3' 6",
with three unaffiliated wins, a second and two thirds.
get an ODE outing until mid-September, with BE90s at W.
Wilts and Moreton Morrell. Although they completed, their
lack of practice showed in some run-outs. They finished
the summer with 6th place at the Cotswold PC 2-Phase Horse
Trials at Hilltop.
Roz and Aina's first full season of BE eventing
began with a BE80(T) class at Howick, where they thrilled
their connections with a clear XC.
Another BE(80) at Sapey followed
before Roz went back to Oxford for the summer term. The
summer vacation began with an unaffiliated ODE at Urchinwood,
followed by four BE90 classes.
They improved steadily over
the summer, and together discovered the thrills and joys
of Cross-Country riding. Flatwork is much improved at home,
but middling at best when competing, as Aina has begun to
anticipate her fun XC. Show-jumping is almost too easy,
and she has gone clear every time; she needs bigger courses
now, as she is over-confident.
Cross-Country, she tells us,
is what she was born for. She has run out a few times from
inexperience or lack of concentration; but she is now learning
to lock on to her fences and think ahead. Her fears of water
are receding, and in training she jumps in boldly; at this
level, she only has to paddle for competitions.
Aina finished their final event at Moreton Morrell with
a copybook clear XC. Six runs, six completions and
continuous improvement. Roll on, 2012!
Aina came back from Matt and Marie Ryan's
yard much improved and raring to compete... then promptly
sprained a hock in her field during the first of two three-week
spells of heavy snow with hard frost.
She came back into work in
May, and after some warm-up novice showjumping and dressage
(2nd and 3rd in both) did her first unaffiliated ODE at
Cleobury Mortimer, going clear XC but for time faults. She
was aimed via a Riding Club ODE for her first British Eventing
affiliated ODE at Cleobury Mortimer; unfortunately the organisers
had a disagreement with BE and de-affiliated the event,
but ran it with the same classes at the same level, so Roz
and Ainur did their first Intro, again going superbly XC.
with some Hunter Trials, Ainur ends the season with all
6 XC courses completed, 4 of them with no jumping faults.
She is currently enjoying a rest while Roz gets stuck into
her first term reading Chemistry at Oxford; but may expect
a busy Christmas.
Riding Club ODE
22nd August 2010
|Worcester Riding Club
22nd August 2010
- Born 2005
- Chestnut colt
- To make 16 hh
- (Sold 2008)
- Arab x Akhal-Teke
- Born 2003
- Grey filly
- To make 14 – 14.2 hh
- (Sold 2006)