Pony and I did our first novice event this weekend. Our dressage wasn’t super as he was busy looking at the clay wall off to the side (you can see it in the canter shot). He is still pretty new to dressage so I think he is coming along nicely! He is a tad small for me, especially in dressage because he is so narrow, but we make it work
Took Pony XC schooling for the his second time ever (he has done 3 XC courses at BN this was to prep for the move up to novice). Ended up jumping a few training fences as well. Not sure exactly how bit this one was but it was a short stretch away from a bank out of water.
Ps: Pony is a 5yr old, 15.3hh imported warmblood (from Argentina). He did the 1.10m jumpers a bit before I got him.
Pony and I competed at fence this weekend in a super competitive BN division. We were in a 4 way tie for 4th (behind a 3 way tie for 1st) with a 25.5 after dressage. Sadly we went waayyyy too fast out on XC and got speed faults which dropped us back a bit. A double clear stadium put us in 6th
This was the second fence on course. Pony was a little tired, hence having my spur in him but he was fantastic.
It is awesome to see an active dressage judge over here again! This is an old video, from last June. It was my first time doing prelim (eventing) and they had us doing the harder test. We might have managed it if we weren’t on grass in the pouring rain. Our counter canters sort of failed but beyond that I thought it was one of our better tests. The way the canter went it was supposed to be a half circle of medium canter then come back, half a 10m circle back to the rail and then counter canter. In the grass I just couldn’t get our balance back for the counter canter, hence him falling/slipping and swapping.
Please judge the rest of the test!
These are two pics from today’s jump lesson. I am still figuring out how to ride his canter to the fences but we got it done. The fences are around 3′ in preparation for a novice schooling show next weekend.
So this was the first time I’ve jumped Skyline (or Pony as we call him), without a coach on the ground, ever (not counting competing him).
And then the video:
He is a 5yr old, 15.3hh, warmblood gelding, imported from argentina in December, training to be an eventer.
Here are two shots from Skyline’s first event last wednesday at Full Gallop. We did the BN. These were from the end of the course so he was getting a little tired (had never seen hills before december). He also refused to canter through the water I know my release isn’t great, my reins were long and he was jumping from fairly deep so I was trying not to get completely jumped out of the tack.
Not great quality, but me jumping our old gelding bareback and bridle-less. He had been retired for a few years do tue some hind end unsoundness, hence why we didn’t jump higher (and someone else had already ridden him). I think the next day I hopped on and took him over 3′ or 3’3″ the same way but we didn’t get it on video.