Helen Trueman - April Blog
Hello again everyone; April… well April is a funny month… Especially with a chubby Welsh pony! The never ending battle with too much grass and funny weather. Henry has also decided to take an extremely long time to grow out his summer coat and is looking pretty ridiculous…. (which I’m sure you can see from the photos) but I’m very pleased to update you all with a much more successful month!
Henry and I started the month heading off to Cricklands Winter League Showjumping finals to give Henry a confidence boost after a slightly injury-prone March. We dropped him down in the class heights to get him back into the swing of things. Last minute visit from B&W Vets' Duncan to get the go ahead and off we went to Wales. We’ve been to Cricklands a few times over the years and its always a good weekend. The highlight of the weekend was jumping the team competition with my fabulous team, we were the only team to jump 4 DC’s and we came 3rd overall in a seriously competitive jump off! Sadly jumping smaller than Henry is used to meant a weekend of fourfaultitis, being lazy and knocking the smallest fence in every class. However we went over to build his confidence and that’s what we did! He came back fresh and confident and I made some lovely new friends.
April meant the start of Working Hunter season with two warm-ups before affiliated competitions. We went over to Stretcholt Equestrian Centre which is definitely one of my favourite venues to compete in the Open WHP class. It was our first time showing in a show Pelham and first time competing him plaited rather than M&M so we didn’t have the highest expectations, sadly knocking the skinny planks fence over meant that we couldn’t be placed anyway, but we got some lovely comments from the judge about his ‘show’ section.
The next weekend we headed down south to the Kings Sedgmoor Spring show. Henry performed beautifully for a clear round and second place, qualifying him for the SWPA Championships in July! I was super impressed how much better his showing section of the class is getting. He’s finally starting to settle, relax and work more uphill rather than on the forehand.
Spring is definitely Henrys favourite time of year because its Hunter Trial season, Henry’s absolute favourite thing. He’s a bit of a machine XC, if a little crazy sometimes! He’s been XC schooling twice this month already despite his busy showing schedule. However, it wouldn’t be a Henry blog if something didn’t go wrong! The day before going XC schooling Henry came up in some lumps on his ribcage that were sore- very similar to an allergic reaction he had in January. Thanks to the super fast vets at Failand Henry got to meet Carys (The only vet at Failand he’s not met before!) an anti-histamine, steroid, some bute and he was right as rain the next morning and flew round the XC course with his friends.
Next weekend we are off to Badminton Horse Trials to watch the Cross Country and to pop in to the B&W Vets tent (which you should too!) and on the Sunday we are going to the NPS area 25 Summer Show for Henry’s first affiliated WHP which I’m super nervous about. Henry and I are also looking forward to heading up to B&W for a photoshoot!
I wish you all a happy and healthy month with your horses!
See you next month!
Helen & Henry