Back out competing……
Finally, after several months of physio it’s great to be back out competing. The season started for me on Lorna Soame’s young mare Tiger, jumping round a couple of unaffiliated events to get my eye back in and test the strength of the bolts and plate in my knee. Luckily my knee held up and Tiger impressed me with her boldness and enthusiasm for eventing.
After a couple of injury ridden seasons for Alfie it was great to get him out for a run at Tweseldown at the end of May. Building on a solid run at Tweseldown we then headed to Farley Hall for the intermediate where an expensive five time faults in the showjumping due to a lack of match practice dropped us from 2nd to 8th.
I was however delighted with the classy double clear Alfie jumped and the improved focus.
So on to Barbury for the CCI*** and again a really pleasing performance from Alfie. Some great moments in his dressage but also a couple of expensive little mistakes meant he didn’t produce the mark his is capable of. An unlucky pole in the showjumping but otherwise a great round and a bold and enthusiastic clear xcountry.
I am very grateful to everybody who has helped get me back out competing so quickly. From ever supportive and loyal owner Lorna Soames and the valuable team of staff at Stockley Farm
Finally big thanks to Ursie Mackinder from Equi Libra Sports Massage who has been working hard keeping the horses in tip top form with regular sports massage. I can’t recommend Ursie’s treatments highly enough and they have definitely made a big difference to how well the horses have been feeling and going.
Photos from Barbary CCI***
Video of Alfies XC round at Farley Hall Intermediate