We started March off with our trip to Boulerie Jump in Le Mans, France with Con and Cancun. This was one of the most amazing places I have ever seen with 7 international arenas, 2 of which were huge indoor arenas and each arena had their own practice ring. I had an amazing first day with Con winning the CSI Amateur Small Tour by 4 seconds and Cancun winning the CSI Amateur Large Tour by 5 seconds. Con had fastest time in the speed class but fence down meant 5th place and he was 5th in the CSI Small Tour 1.15m Grand Prix. Cancun finished an amazing show off on a high by winning the CSI Large Tour 1.25m Grand Prix. Boulerie Jump is a stunning venue and one we will be returning to, maybe even this year.
After our long trip home, we decided to take them to Ingliston EC the following weekend for a class each to prepare the horses for the Category 3 show at Morris in the middle of the month. Con had 4 faults in the 1.15m but jumped a great round, feeling fantastic. Cancun jumped a brilliant double clear in the 1.20m for 2nd place. My little sister, Isla, had her young horse, Junior, out for the first time after his break and she was double clear and 4th in the British novice.
Great show at Morris Equestrian for the Development Classic Show, the boys both jumped some great rounds with Cancun qualifying for 2 out of the 3 qualifiers he jumps. Con was unlucky all weekend having a fence down in the 1.20m opens which meant no placings for him but jumped some great rounds and good preparation for RHS Qualifiers for him in Aberdeen next week. Cancun had a fence down in the Young Riders RHS 1.30m Qualifier on Friday, was double clear and 4th in the 1.25m Winter Championship qualifying for the final at the Blue Chip Championships. He also jumped a cracking round in the 1.30m speed on Saturday too. Sunday, he jumped brilliant having the fastest time in in the 1.30m Winter Grade C Qualifier but unfortunately had a fence down in the jump off so we ended up 5th and qualified for the finals held at Addington Manor.
We took a trip up to The Cabin Equestrian Centre in Aberdeen for the RHS qualifiers and scope qualifiers, we had never been before so it was nice to go to another great venue we have in Scotland. It was a very successful trip as Cancun won the RHS Classic Qualifier, 3rd in the 1.30m getting a double clear to go towards qualifying for national 1.30m Championship at Stoneleigh and he was 5th in the Young Riders RHS Qualifier missing out qualifying by 1 place. Con was 4th in the RHS Classic Qualifier, 2nd and 4th in the 1.20m’s. I took my sisters young horse up to jump in the scope qualifiers and the British novice as she was on holiday and he jumped great too. Junior won 2 British novice classes and the scope qualifier, he also was 2nd and 6th in the other scope qualifiers and jumped double clears all weekend. We had an amazing time with great friends and some brilliant jumping in the sunshine for the first outdoor show of the season.
The last week in March we had our horsescotland training days. On day 1 I had a flatwork session with Kay with Con and Cancun, who both went brilliant. We were working on transitions, leg yielding and making the horse working from behind. Both horses also had a jumping session with John which was brilliant. We had a ‘gymnastic’ as John called it and it really helped make the horses use themselves properly. We had some great rounds of jumping but we have lots to improve on. In my physio session with Robyn I got a sport massage to release all the tight muscles in my back which was causing me a lot of pain, so I got out of fitness on day 1. You could see in the video analysis that I have been compensating due to the pain so I have ended up more squint in the saddle. Thankfully after another session with Robyn on day 2 my back was much better and on the video analysis on day 2 there was a huge difference with my position in the saddle. My fitness test with Lauren went good, I have to work on becoming much stronger in my core and so I have lots of lovely exercises to do daily to improve myself. On day 2 of the training Eric was doing the flatwork session and we really continued with what we were doing with Kay but more advanced and more technical. I am starting to understand more about the flatwork after working with Eric and what exercises will help me in situations in the ring. My horses are also starting to get much better on the flat, slower and using themselves better. Our jumping session with John yet again was brilliant and the horses went even better on day 2. I really need to work on my position in the saddle and my straightness over the fence, John has given me lots to work on with both horses before the next training days. I see a huge difference in my horses and my riding after working with the horsescotland team. Massive thank you to everyone who is part of the team for all their help over the 2 days, they are all amazing.
Coming up in April for us is a holiday to Miami to watch the Global Champions Tour Showjumping on the beach, we have been a couple of times and it is amazing. For my own horses, it is some more RHS Qualifiers and working on what we learned at horsescotland. I look forward to sharing my results in my next blog.