Lauren Dallison - Eventing
October has been another busy month for Donald and I in the lead up to our final event of the season, and the Schools National Championships. After seeing the dressage test for champs, we realised that a lot of work on medium trot was needed! We then had a lesson and test run through with Lucinda Fredericks. Donald was super and we practiced transitions within and between paces to get them as accurate as possible.
Next stop was Wickstead for the JWS Qualifier to compete in the 100 and 110, where we finished 5th and 3rd respectively around two full up courses, and the team won the 100 to qualify for the Championships at Addington. Donald had a bit of maintenance week where he was clipped, had the farrier, physio and dentist to check he was in top condition for the final leg of the competitive season, where in all cases he was looking his best this season!
Bovington BE100 was our final event of the season, and I was determined to finish the eventing season on a high, which we finally did! He started with a spooky test as our arena was right next to a busy road, and about 50 seagulls refused to leave my arena. In the Showjumping, he has never felt so good! He tried so hard and did his best round to date, sadly rolling the last pole, but nevertheless I am super happy with how he went. I was worried about the cross country as the course was causing a few problems, but after a quick warm up he produced a fab clear just outside the optimum time, and gave me a great feeling despite the very spooky course. I couldn’t be happier with how he finished and he was so confident the whole event.
The final lead up to the NSEA Championships, where we had qualified for Showjumping, Dressage and the 95 and 105 JWS teams. We had a final dressage test run through with Lucinda, where Donald was awesome, and a session with Dicky Waygood to get the horses off the floor and feeling positive and excited about jumping before a busy weekend. The journey up to the Championships was longer than expected, so setting up was interesting in the dark! On the Friday we competed in the 100cm RPL Showjumping, where the team was 10th. On Saturday, we did the 95 JWS, He was a bit distracted, but became more and more confident as the round went on. The team finished just out of the placings. In the dressage, he was just awesome, and in the Novice test scored 70.3% to finish individually second against some seriously flashy dressage horses and got an 8 for his ‘developing’ medium trot. The team also finished second so I couldn’t be happier, just 0.22% off becoming the National Champions ....lots to work on for next year! On the Sunday, we competed in the 105 JWS where again, he was super, and was much more confident in the arena. My team all rode incredible rounds to place 8th! I am so happy with how our season has finished!
I can’t thank everyone who has supported me this season, especially the vets B&W for being so amazing in treating Donald and getting him back on track for the rest of the season, and continually answering my endless questions! We have one final Showjumping competition planned, and then Donald will have a well-deserved holiday!
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Until next time,