A Busy June

“Well, June has been and gone in a blur I’m afraid. Qualification for the Summer Regionals closes at the end of June so I’ve been out competing to get those final few points necessary. The new points system is much fairer than the old one where you had to win a certain number of classes to qualify at a level, but it does take some working out as to whether you have enough points from qualifying classes to add to the points from non-qualifiers to get the magic number of points needed! A calculator and a copy of the BD rulebook are needed in every horsebox these days!

The good news is I have qualified all the horses I set out to do. Mr Percival will be at the Regionals at Novice Open, Brownscombe Francisco at Elementary and Medium Open and Colour Trento M at Elementary Open and Medium Open at the Pet Plan Area Festival. Tracy’s youngster Unchained Melody will be in the 4 year old class of the Albion Young Horse of the Future Championships at Badminton at the end of July.

So now I have to work out which horse to take to which Regionals venue, quite important in terms of showing each horse off to their best advantage.

Luckily I didn’t have to compete in the current heatwave – trying to look cool, calm and collected in full competition outfit isn’t easy! Especially when the horse is also wondering why he or she isn’t back at home in the paddock under a shady tree….. and decides not to cooperate.

Following the birth of daughter Eva, it’s nice to have Louise back riding and competing on her new horse Blue River Cocktail (otherwise known as Winston!) He is a lovely 12 year old horse who has been competed up to Medium level. Louise is aiming to qualify at Area Festival at that level.

I am pleased to be training the Wheatland Hunt PC again this year. Training is in full swing with area teams being picked in the next few weeks. Some exciting new combinations to look out for this year. I have started teaching several new clients recently – I look forward to seeing them progress.

Wishing everyone a good summer of riding and competing.”

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