Brand Ambassador’s June news

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In June Robbie and I completed our first Intermediate Novice, which has been one of our big aims to fulfil together. We felt rather fancy dressaging in a double bridle at a BE event – Robbie’s test went fairly well. It was a lovely day until the heavens opened just as we were about to leave the lorry park for the showjumping. I hadn’t put any studs in and learnt my lesson to stud up next time. He was really respectful and jumped well, but kept slipping on his back end on the wet grass and had a few unfortunate poles down – which was such a shame. Onto Robbie’s favourite part, the xc! This time we had studs in and were both raring to go! He jumped an easy clear to finish the day in 9th place! I was amazed! How cool is Robbie!?

I took Darcy to a local dressage competition this month too. Despite a little scare in the warm up, I enjoyed our outing. A silly speedy driver with a rattly stock trailer zoomed past the showground and frightened Darcy silly. She reared so high that she went over backwards and we both landed in a heap on the floor! Thankfully we were both ok. It was the first time anyone has ever fallen off her and I’m proud that she let me scrabble straight back on, clicked back into work mode to get in the arena and ride through her test …. As well as hacking home! She came out sound the next day and was checked over by our amazing back lady, Sophie Edwards and much to my belief, was fine! Phew!

Sadly, I lost my old retired horse Tiff this month. I have owned her since I was thirteen, she was my first big horse and my last horse bought for me by Mum and Dad. She was incredibly special to me! Tiff had been my expensive field ornament for the past few years as she had terrible bone spavin. She laid down in the field and struggled to get back up on her feet again. Although she did manage to get up, I knew it was time and I didn’t want to see her get stuck again and suffer. She was never a fancy eventer, but she taught me about fittening, conditioning and re-schooling and I miss her great amounts already!! I loved that horse to infinity and beyond!

I was really honoured to represent British Horse Feeds at Royal Norfolk at the prize giving of the Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship Qualifier this month too! The competition was tough with 37 competitors in the first round and only 5 making it through to the jump off! I felt so official handing out the rosettes in my branded British Horse Feeds gear – an experience I really enjoyed! Thanks to John Mole of Equipix UK Equestrian Photos for attending the show with me and photographing the prize giving.
Coral x

Our first side saddle arena eventing on grass.  We kept the jumps small as the ground has gone so hard, and although we had a run out at the cross country jump that was causing a lot of problems and eliminations, we actually managed to come 4th.

Sharing her shelter with her temporary small field mate:-

This month we have bought a new saddle.  It’s a Portuguese bullfighting saddle and is the closest saddle currently in production to a 17th Century  style saddle.  This looks so much better than the saddle cover over a modern saddle that we have been using so far.  This will be put to good use at the large English Civil War battle display at Edgehill in September.

We ended the month with a showing show where we entered the Riding Club Horse class.  This meant Tilly got to wear her posh ribbon browband and look pretty.  We were thrilled to be called in second in a strong class, qualifying for the Royal London Show.

Tilly and Jennie xx
Rachel and Spirit got out and about competing for the first time since March at the start of this month and we jumped the 1.10m Open. Unfortunately we had the second to last pole in the jump off but was extremely happy with the round.
Day 1 of the All England Hickstead Derby and we got a super clear in the 1.10m amateur and picking up an 18th out of 121.
Hickstead day 2 for Rachel and Spirit and she was a star again. Double clear and 15th out of 127 this time in the 1.10m amateur class. Being 1.2 of a second slower than the last qualifying place (6th place) for the International Ring on Saturday.
Day three we did the 1.15m Novice Derby, the open water, wall and bank no worries but we need to practice jumps with ditches under them! Still we were all so proud of Spirit that week and looking forward to the rest of the summer.
Not much done this month by Katelyn, but she and Darcy participated in Darcy’s first Novice test achieving over 60%.
Hickstead didn’t go as planned as we had to pull out of a class due to horrible ground on the grass. Katelyn spent a lot of time down in the dressage area helping her boss.
Balli is improving with each ride which is a great feeling.  
Katelyn took Darcy to a one day event which unfortunately they had to retire from as the heat was to much for Darcy and she was not preforming to her normal standard.
Jumping lessons coming up with Ashley Boyce soon.

Rachel and Katelyn xx