So, I’m still here having a crack at this eventing business! Took Norsey to Canberra horse trials – newcomers. From what I can remember, as it was back in March, he was pretty good. Coming first after dressage, and it was down in the arena near the roadworks but that didn’t bother him. The showjumping he was good and we cantered the whole way around (wahooo for us!) but knocked one down so that put us down the placings. The cross country was fun, we were clear but slow, with 12.4 penalties. Seriously, it felt like we galloped the whole way around! I felt like the world was flying past! But when I saw some photos, yes it was a very nice safe little canter.
5th overall and all in one piece afterwards and happy to have another go.
Next we went to Bungendore. He was a bit more alive as he’d never been here before, and as I was warming up for dressage I thought Uh oh, should have left more time”. But as soon as we went into the arena he was like “oh yeah I know this stuff” and settled right down and did a nice test. Again, I think we were first after dressage. Our cross country was next and there were a couple of jumps I was worried about spooky wise. Once we got over the first jump, Norsey was like “heyyy I got this!!” and bloody hooned! We were definitely galloping now! I had to haul him to slow down and make a tight left turn and I felt like I was just waterskiing off his mouth the whole way. He hardly hesitated at anything though, he was awesome!!!!
Our showjumping was fine and we actually went clear, although I think I was just lucky that he decided to not just collect the jumps with his legs this time. So, we ended up winning this one!
Berrima – I left early and it was dark and foggy and Norsey didn’t want to go on the float. He is a smart and sensitive horse and I eventually (I’m not so smart and sensitive) realised that because I had the car running (to de-ice it) the vibrations into the floor of the float was upsetting him. He would get onto the tailgate but sniff suspiciously at the floor.
By the time we got going it was half an hr later and a bit of a tough drive concentrating through the fog, so I was not feeling any excitement being there, I just wanted to be at home in bed. I told myself to get over it and off we went to do our dressage. The grass there was amazing! I seriously needed grass reins as Norsey would walk along and then see a big patch of clover and with his mouth wide open just go nuts on it. It was a bit embarrassing really. I do feed my horses!
Our dressage was ok, I was a bit conservative on the grass (slippery) and under rode but he was really well behaved. Got some great photos (thanks Darren!) as the fog had started to lift and the surroundings are lovely.
2nd after dressage and we demolished 2 show jumps so that put us down to 8th going into xc. He did well in the showjumping though, that arena is a bit full on for their first time (and I remember Ding not getting past the 3rd jump when I was last there) so I was very happy that he got around.
Going into xc there was no pressure of being in a placing so I just relaxed and didn’t worry about time etc. I had a xc lesson leading up to Berrima, and just practiced some of the things from that. Norsey can get to focused on me if I start interfering too much, and then sees the jump at the last second. I have to establish the rhythm well out from the jump and then just leave him alone. I must have managed some of this because we went clear and on time.
I think 5th was our final placing.