Hi everyone! So it’s the end of this years event season and time to reflect and make plans for next year! Overall, I am really pleased with how Hector has gone all year.
My goal for this year was to step up to intermediate, become more established at 1* and possibly complete a 2*. The first half of this year went completely to plan. We ventured up the country to chatsworth to compete in the CIC* where we achieved our best international result coming 11th. Shortly afterwards we bit the bullet and entered our first intermediate at Aston-le-walls.
Hector made the step up feel incredibly easy and flew round managing to finish 10th! With everything going so well I had no worries about entering Hartpury CCI*. This is where our blip of the season occurred and we parted company on the cross country course at the 3rd fence..! This meant a slight change of plan for the rest of the season. Hector is still a fairly young horse (8) and I’m not in any rush with him, my main aim is for us both to enjoy ourselves with as little pressure as possible.
So I made the decision to stay competing at novice level for the final 3 events after hartpury. We went to keysoe shortly after Hartpury and it was clear Hector had a bit of a confidence knock. He can be a bit of a worry pants but he has the biggest heart. In both jumping phases it was like riding him as a 4 year old again! He was rushing and over jumping everything! It made for a rather hair raising cross country round! Despite that we managed a double clear to finish on our dressage and come 8th.
The last 2 events were Gatcombe and Dauntsey and thankfully he felt completely back to his normal bold, bolshy, cheeky self! Thinking ahead to next year I would like us to become more established at intermediate and 1* and aim for 2* by the end of the year.
Jelly has been ticking along nicely all year. I’ve been getting her out jumping as much as I can between events. She will do a bit more over winter. She needs a couple more newcomers and foxhunter double clears and then she will step up to 1.25/1.30 classes.
In other non horsey news… I made the decision to leave my job as an equine vet nurse as I was struggling to find the time to put into my horses. I’ve recently started back at a racing yard where I used to ride out a couple of years ago. I now have most afternoons free to do what I like with my horses and to have schooling and/or breaking liveries in as well which is great!
Over the winter Hector is going to become a dressage diva with the help of my friend who is a very good dressage rider and he will also go to a few BS shows and jump on a ticket.