Wow, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun, we are already half way through the event season and we haven’t updated this once!! Quality blogging as usual.
So it started pretty well, apart from the usual abandonments due to heavy rain throughout March and then April. Twiz and Hamish were re-routed from Tweseldown 1 to Gt Witchinham 1 where they both had great intermediate runs, with nice double clears to kick things off on a positive note. However, the ground was very changeable, going from firm in places to quite deep, and poor old Hamish (The Believable Fox) was not himself in the days following. It transpired that he had injured his left front leg in some way and despite being sound for a couple of days, he soon began to hobble around and so the vet was summoned. On first impressions the vet was very dubious and thought he had done his deep flexor, which would have been pretty bad news, but the scan revealed hardly anything, with minor damage around the check ligament insertion point, so he has been treated as such and has had the usual box rest, walker etc etc, Hopefully he will be out again by the autumn but true to form he has doubled in weight after we had worked so hard over winter to get him thinner!!
The TB’s (Blue, Blue and Zeb – African Blues , Bluecrop Boy and Edging Forward) all started with good runs at Goring Heath BE90, with lovely double clears from L Blue and Zeb.
Next up was Twiz (Flirting with Twilight) who we were doubtful as whether to run at Hambleden as the weather had been slightly iffy. (!) and they were debating whether to abandon. However we got the green light and decided to go, and thank god we did, as she was on fire and produced a decent test and a bold double clear in challenging conditions to win her section. We were so pleased and made up for her owners/ breeders David and Ang, for her to pull this one out of the bag was simply awesome! she even got her photo in Horse and Hound!
Chilham 1 was our next outing, where all the horses at 90/100 were running. It was Zebs first BE100 and he would have had a good placing had his short sighted rider not got him eliminated on a a technicality and come out of the wrong flags at the water. Whoops. Luckily owner Roz was very understanding and pregnancy hormones are obviously having a soothing effect on her!! (maybe its like Twiz being on Regumate…)
Highboy (Game Charade) had his first run and had a super dressage and an unlucky pole to finish 9th. This was welcome news for his owner Sarah who is unfortunately poorly at the moment and undergoing treatment, but we are hoping that she will be able to come and see him run soon.
Tweseldown 2 saw a first run for Annie Jeffries lovely grey mare Quinny (Guinievere) who had an unlucky pole but a great clear XC, and Highboys second run where he came 10th, a good XC round before upgrading to Be100. A rather eventful second day saw Matt and Twiz upside down in the second water, after a pretty nasty horse fall, This was a real blow after Hambleden but after putting a great effort in the SJ for a clear, she just did not feel right around the XC and in hindsight Matt should have pulled up but he didnt…. Neither were seriously injured but the day ended there and Zeb and Blue were withdrawn and a rather sore jockey drove them home. Physio Chris found a very painful area behind Twiz’s right elbow which has been an issue in the past and we are trying to address with different girths so hopefully we can stop it becoming a chronic problem.
Borde Hill was a good day, but the showjumping arena was firm, something totally alien to us these days, and technically difficult with undulations and none of the horses jumped particularly well, however the Xc went much better around what was a tough ask at the levels, and Highboy rose to the challenge around his first BE100, Quinn jumped a double clear, and Bluecrop Boy had the leading dressage score, and finished 11th due to lowering two poles SJ.
Twiz was next, at Little Downham where she was originally entered for the Advanced but after her fall we decided it probably wasnt a good idea so downgraded to intermediate. She pulled out the most atrocious dressage test known to man, refused to do any of the movements except one shoulder in and the final halt which was lovely. We have no idea what upset her but how matt sat on her and how they didn’t eliminate her for exiting the arena we will never know!! Fortunately owners Ang and David have GSOHs and found it quite amusing! After some doubt about whether to risk her in the SJ arena (fear for the general public) she actually knuckled down and after a couple of early poles, she started to focus and look more like the Twiz we know and love, and her XC round was foot perfect. She will be aimed at Gatcombe Int Champs and hopefully go advanced as planned, barring any more blips!!!
So this takes us to today, Rackham. Quinny did a lovely XC round, but sadly Matt once again should’ve gone to specsavers. He had his second technical elimination of the season by missing jump 17! Oh dear. Highboy and African Blues had a few poles between them but good clears XC’s. Bluecrop Boy was sadly withdrawn due to a sore foot after losing a shoe earlier in the week. We are looking forward to local events Brightling and Eridge, hoping the rain stays away!
In other news:
Lauren didnt last long. (she wasnt ‘challenged enough’) but luckily Grace took her place and has fit in really well. Her new mare Aithne is proving to be a very good find and she competes her and Fergal at BE100 and is longlisted for junior teams.
April saw the very sad loss of Rusty, our lovely smart youngster. He had a tragic accident in the field and due to his very sensitive nature, was impossible to treat, even after 2 lots of sedation, leaving us with no option but to let him go. Gutted is an understatement, he was just coming into himself and we were excited for his future after he had an amazing few outings with BD.
On a brighter note, May saw the birth of Harry, Foal to Lorraine our TB mare, by Connemara stallion Skellorn Harrison. He is adorable, playful, and i doubt our girls will ever let him be up for sale.
Think that’s it. Til next time!