The Autumn season is now well underway and we have had two of our major events for the season. As I reported last month, the Horse of the Year Show was a fabulous event and I was happy with As You Like It’ s performance.
The following competition was two weeks later and we went show jumping with the whole team. My two four year olds, Duke and Bowie, were having their first competition day out, and both acquitted themselves very well. Leo was up to his typical antics thinking he knew it all in the first class, but by the second he went beautifully and jumped a lovely double clear to finish fourth. Pete was in great form and jumped a great double clear to win the 1.30m class. So all in all a good days jumping.
The next weekend we headed to Kihikihi for the World Cup competition. It is renowned for being the toughest CIC 3 Star event in the country, and from what the top Australian riders who came over said, it is tougher than anything over there at that level as well.
Pete performed really well all weekend. I was very pleased with his dressage, it was the most relaxed and rideable he has ever been and we got our best score to date at that level. The cross country was seriously tough, but it’s always a course which you feel excited to ride! Pete felt fantastic and didn’t put a foot wrong. Unfortunately we picked up 20 penalties as he jumped huge over a big log with brush on top and I slipped my reins to allow him to jump it and did not steer him onto the next fence which was a huge but narrow angled brush two strides away. We circled around and jumped it and he carried on very well....so it was frustrating but I was still happy with him nonetheless. He show jumped well the next day and we still finished up in 8th spot as there had been a lot of problems on course the day before! I also rode Leo in his first pre novice event and he went quite well with a few green moments along the way!
There was no time to rest as Hawkes Bay event was the following weekend. I took Leo along with the two babies Duke and Bowie. The two debutantes both put in really good efforts considering it was only their second time out in public. Bowie was 6th and Duke 8th, I am really looking forward to next season with them. Leo was again good in parts and bad in others! He is frustrating as he is so talented but very tough and opinionated and likes to do things his own way! I’m sure we will get there eventually with him though!
The very exciting news is that I am now looking at some options of taking Pete overseas to compete. Plans are still in the pipeline, but I hope to be reporting on some exciting new adventures in my next report!