My eventing season finished at a very wet and soggy South of England International, where both Well Foxed and Cooley Enno ran in the CIC** where they finished 13th and 6th respectively. In the run up to this competition, I had decided to try something a little different with Well Foxed and that was not to give him so much work and which I think paid off as he felt well within himself and although there were a couple of small mistakes by the jockey, he scored a very reasonable score – he now just has to learn to show off his paces more in the arena, which I believe will come as he develops, strengthens and becomes more confident in the dressage arena.
Cooley Enno performed his dressage test in a downpour, which both of us were not too keen on!! Has he has a natural uphill canter, he always scores highly for that movement, to really score the high marks he needs to improve his trot work, which I will work on over the winter, however, even with one little mistake we were lying 6th.
The cross-country course was stiff enough, which I thought would suit Well Foxed more than Cooley Enno and although Well Foxed is a very sensitive horse to ride he is so bold and brave and jumped a great clear over a track that caused enough trouble. Colley Enno somewhat surprised me as it lapped up the cross-country course even in the soggy conditions, trying so hard and was straight and bold all the way. The show jumping phase is not the forte of Well Foxed as it does not come naturally to him, however, he tried very hard and although he had two fences down, that is a result for him! Cooley Enno just rolled an annoying pole, but considering the ground conditions I was happy to finish with just one rolled pole. After a few weeks of hacking ‘winding down’ they are both turned away on their holidays for the next couple of months just being horses.
Cosmos du Figuier finished his season by coming second in a Novice section at Moreton Morrell where he showed how much he has come one in the cross-country phase as he is now looking for his fences and as the season has progressed he has matured and become stronger. Before his holiday he will have a few mornings Autumn hunting and then possibly a couple of days of proper hunting as I believe it will be particularly beneficial to him, as hunting in general teaches young horses so much. Joining Cosmos on his autumn hunting mornings has been Langton, the dun horse, who is also finding these outings valuable life lessons; he too will have a short holiday before coming back into proper work.
Even though my eventing season has finished, I have been riding and schooling for other people and also earning the pennies by working in various different roles not connected with horses – a refreshing change to the usual routine.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported ‘Team Bacon’ during the 2018 eventing season, my owners, sponsors, the girls on the yard together everyone who makes up the home support team – I couldn’t do it without every single one of you.