Lauren Dallison - Eventing
January saw Donald and I return to our normal competition routine, as well as more intense training. We had a great time playing around at home, building some complicated exercises with poles, lines and grids to keep Donald on his toes and really thinking about where his feet are, to hopefully improve our show jumping.
Our first competition of 2018 was the West Wilts JAS, where we competed in the BE100 class- he was great, as he was forward, listening and taking me to every fence, and best of all, he felt like he was really enjoying himself. Unfortunately, time penalties pushed us out of the placings, but I couldn't be happier with our first competition back. Wickstead Arena Eventing was next where he jumped two super rounds in the 1.05 and 1.15 classes popping around the new XC loops like a pro, then on to West Wilts for the NSEA County Championships Qualifier, we again jumped in the 1.00 and 1.10. some lovely clear rounds and I felt a real improvement in his technique and adjustibility.
He then had a week of hacking and spending all day in the field as we went for a quick trip to Cornwall in half term, where the weather was much nicer than in Wiltshire. When we got home, we had a quick turn around to pack the lorry for the Pony Club's Talent Pathway Training Day which was great and we got some great advice. The following day, we headed to Wickstead for the NSEA dressage qualifiers. He warmed up beautifully, but I warmed up for a bit too long and he was a bit flat in the test. Fortunately the judges liked him to still produce a 65% test and the team qualified for the county championships. To blow off some steam we went for a gallop and schooling session on Salisbury Plain- he definitely enjoyed himself prancing around like Valegro, producing some super forward, yet relaxed work!
We had a great week of training, and XC schooling at Tweseldown for our first school on grass of the year, and again, he flew everything, popping some pretty decent novice and intermediate combinations and tables, which was a great confidence boost. We also managed to go for a school at Larkhill at the end of the week, where we popped round the BE100 course, taking everything in his stride. This week is final preparations for the start of our season at Tweseldown - a week away!
I’d like to thank B&W for their support over the last year and to say what an honour it has been to be the Eventing Brand Ambassador.
Lauren and Donald xx