Larkhill, Solihull and Aston Le Walls

Finally the weather has marginally improved – and we have managed to get out eventing!

Larkhill was Isobel Crosbie’s lovely 5yo ESCAPE ROUTE’s first event. He found the whole day incredibly exciting so just about managed to keep a lid on everything. A┬ávery green test followed by 4 faults and a lovely clear XC got his career off to a very positive start!

Next we headed to Solihull with ESCAPE ROUTE (Spike) again in the BE90 and DIAMOND HOLLY (Princess) in the Novice. Once again Spike was fantastic jumping a lovely double clear and was much more relaxed and settled. He was very nice on the flat but sadly the judge didn’t quite agree so we ended up just outside the ribbons. Princess was much improved on the flat, but sadly a couple of mistakes just dropped her mark to a 33 in what otherwise would have been a very nice test. She jumped a lovely clear SJ and was giving me a class feel XC until a minor lack of communication meant we missed the B element of a combination so picked up 20pens. A real shame as otherwise she was foot perfect but I am very excited about the partnership we are forming.

It was ESCAPE ROUTE’s turn again at Aston le Walls for his first BE100. A massive thank you must go to Nigel Taylor and his team at Washbrook Farm for putting the event on at such short notice after Whitfield was abandoned due to the wet weather. Spike was tremendously more settled on the flat scoring 31 despite still being a little wobbly and followed this up with a super double clear. The ground was very wet and deep by the time we went cross-country at the end of the day so I took it very steady picking up 1.6 time – however this was still good enough to pick up his first BE ribbon in 7th place.

Other wise we have been very busy preparing BAYANO for the big event next week and he’s feeling on excellent form and ready for the big day. I am so lucky to be supported by such a wonderful team and fingers crossed everything goes to plan. Barney had a great treatment from our Chiropractor Lucy Rodwell last week as well as a couple of really great sessions with Andrew Fletcher our long time dressage coach. Today we headed to Wayfarer Eventing where Emma and Mike Winter very kindly positioned some tough fenced to try and replicate some Badminton combinations. The ground was absolutely incredible to a huge thank you must go to them for such tremendous effort.

Next stop Withington Manor…