I have been working hard at improving Bow's fitness levels also, and noticed a huge difference in him when hunting with the Bilsdale 5th March. He was still keen after 3 hours but we retired cold and very muddy! We are really looking forward to the champagne breakfast and gallop in a few weeks time to round off the season.
On 8th March, I sat my HGV theory and hazard perception tests, and passed both. The pressure is now on to pass my practical in April, in time for summer shows!
On 10th March, I took Talisker Bow Bells show jumping to Mill House EC for the second time and he was a super star! He flew round and got a double clear and finished 2nd. As a result, we then entered the next height class and had 1 down (my fault!) but I am now keen to aim for some WHP classes in future!
I am feeling so excited about this season and I can't thank my sponsors enough for their wonderful support! See my sponsors page for details...
On 12th March, I took Bow on another road trip to Lanchester Spring Show. It was a stressful and busy morning with a mad rush to the ring, without a warm up, due to not being able to find the venue and the classes running a lot quicker than expected; however, we had a good show and Bow finished 2nd in his Picton qualifier (2nd time under saddle), 1st large breeds inhand, overall champion inhand and then supreme - making it a very worth while trip! See photos below:
Also on the 19th, I went to Northallerton EC to support my school's showjumping team. It was lovely to see the relationships between students and their ponies. I hope to watch them some more this year...
I have been continuing to work on Bow's fitness and have started jump schooling him by free schooling him at home. See photos below:
On 26th March, I took Bow to the Bilsdale Hunt Champagne breakfast and gallop. He did his best to keep up with the big horses and jumped some of the hunt jumps en route. We avoided the bigger hedges as they were twice the size of him in height! Since, he has enjoyed a few days off to rest but we are already planning a trip to the swimming baths for some further fitness work.