Fernhill Adventure (Biscuit) makes a brilliant seasonal debut by winning the O/I at Burnham Market with a 20.7 dressage score!!! He really is a joy to ride and I am a very lucky girl. I very much missed riding him last year after an incident on the gallops resulted in him striking into himself and missing quite a bit of the season. In some respects it possibly did him no harm as he had done incredibly well as a 7yr old but was still quite tall and gangly and was probably not ready to go up a level to three star anyway. The time out has really allowed him to mature and I believe he is a future championship horse.
Vaguely North was also having his prep run for Badminton and I was pleased with how he went in all three phases. I was not pleased with his dressage score of 57 in the CIC*** after he did what I thought was a pretty good test for him. I probably did 10minutes too much warm up and had lost the very best of his work but this is why these are prep runs - to find these things out so we can get it spot on when it really matters. I was relieved in a way when I got his sheet to see there was a 40 mark difference between the judges - one judge had me on a 43 so I thought I'd listen to that one and ignore the other! I was pleased with how he went which is the main thing and I do think it was much closer to a 43 than a 57!
He show-jumped very well but got caught out by a tricky last line where he slipped on the turn in and lost his balance momentarily which resulted in two rails down the combination but I was very pleased with how he went. And cross-country he gave me a brilliant ride, over a tough course which asked plenty of questions. He came back hardly having turned a hair and with a big smile on his face so I probably will not need to run him xc again before Badminton.
New ride Arco BB perfomed brilliantly in his first Advanced to come 12th out of 40 starters - not bad considering 6 of the top 10 are Badminton bound! He still needs to be better established in his Advanced work but did a pleasing test for a 34, although silly me made life difficult for myself by sitting through the first medium trot which was meant to be in rising and docked us two marks.... Its not usual you get penalised in dressage for making something more difficult! I still don't know how we had a rail show-jumping as he jumped class but these things happen, and he was spot on cross-country, foot perfect through the tricky combinations and never wavering. He goes to Ballindenisk next for the CIC***.