Cosmos du Figuier finally made his eventing debut at Solihull Horse Trials in the BE100 competition, where he posted a very good dressage score of 23.0, he was a little green in the showjumping with an unlucky rail and as to be expected a bit ‘lookey’ on the cross-country course, not at the cross-country jumps, but more at the judges cars and people walking the course, but on the whole I was very pleased with him and with this experience under his belt, he can only improve. Rebels Skytime put up a very solid and mature performance in the Novice competition.
Langton made his evening debut at an extremely wet Aston le Walls in the BE90 Open class, where he performed an accurate, although a little tense dressage test, he showjumped well, but it was the way he went cross-country that I was extremely pleased with showing me how much he has matured over the winter and to top it all he came 9th to bring home his first eventing rosette.
My next planned outing with the young horses was to be at Moreton Morrell, but sadly that too succumbed to the wet weather, so far it has been a very much start and stop season, but you cannot control the weather!!
Cooley Enno and Abacus ran in the OIU21 class at Aston le Walls in the early part of May, with this being a preparation for Abacus who is due to run in the CCIYR** class at Houghton International, Abacus posted the top dressage score (25.0) of the section with Cooley Enno also on form with a mark of 30.0. Both followed up with double clear rounds and gave me two great rides across country.
Having never been to Floors Castle before, I am taking Rebels Skytime for the CIC* and Well Foxed in the CIC** and as soon as I arrive home, will be re-loading the horsebox with Last Touch who is running in the the CIC*** at Chatsworth International Horse Trials, his last outing before the CCIu25*** at Bramham International Horse Trials, his main Spring three day event aim – it is going to be one very busy weekend!!
I attended two very interesting talks as part of the BEF Young Professionals Programme, one on the legal implications of transporting horses, which ran through some of the key aspects of the law and how it affects horse transport and how best to ensure constant compliance with the legislation and we were made aware of how transporting horses between events can be a logistical nightmare. Not only do you have to contend with ensuring you have sufficient capacity to safely and comfortably transport your horses, you must also ensure that you safely navigate the various legal rules and regulations to make sure you are not committing an offence for which you could end up in Court and be fined and or have your driving licence endorsed with penalty points and, in certain circumstances, disqualified from driving or even imprisoned – it certainly made you sit up and take notice!!
The other talk was centred on rider biomechanics and posture core training specific to the rider and how a stable and functional core is required to be a skilled and effective rider and by highlighting the areas of strength and weakness it can help each individual to improve the symmetry within their body.
Musto is the new clothing supplier to Team GBR and we were lucky enough to receive a number of the products that make up the Team GBR kit.
Whilst visiting the Mitsubushi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, I caught up with a couple of my sponsors:- Equestrian Direct Surfaces (http://www.equestriandirectltd.co.uk) and clothing company Guinea of London (guinealondon.com) who very kindly provide me with jackets for my trot up outfits and what a competition it was, with girl power coming out on top for both human and equine!!