Since my last post Max and I have been cracking on with our training, working out issues and trying to cement a partnership.
We’ve had success in clear round showjumping competitions at Runningwell EC (pictured) and have been out cross country schooling and jumping at home. All of these activities have shown how encouraging and supportive my trainers and the staff and liveries at Runningwell.
We’ve taken as many opportunities as we could to improve, working on basic paces, rider posture, awareness and planning, and here we are on the edge of our first One Day Event.
Back in July I went to volunteer at a training Event at Little Downham, near Ely, to see how things worked from the inside instead of being a spectator. It was good to be able to play a part in the running of an Event and it gave me lots of insight into what I would need to think about when competing.
Six weeks later, I’m heading back to Little Downham, this time with Max and we’ll be training. Although it’s a non-competitive Event it’s going to pose all of the same questions (albeit with a few different possible answers) and it will be my first time in both the dressage arena and on the XC course.
We’ve lots to learn (and Max has much to teach me), but it’s time to do that learning under competition conditions and I’m glad that we’ll be somewhere familiar.
News and photos to follow – keep following. Our first British Eventing-run Event is just a couple of weeks away, so this is quite a big part of our preparation, but we’ll try and have fun as we go!
Thanks to all who’ve helped us to get this far – wish us luck!