Aston le Walls

We are back from a busy few days at Aston where the heavens opened and the ground was amazing, although our washing machine and drier are still on extra time as it was properly filthy weather! We had some horses stepping up a level for the first time, and also Vaguely North having his first run since Badminton, with an easy run around the Intermediate before his CIC*** in Burgham this weekend. He felt fantastic, pretty excited to be out, though I'd worry if he wasn't! He did a 28 dressage and double clear, but is in my serious BAD books as he stomped on my foot with his studs and it is now the colour of the rainbow.... I know he didn't mean to, but because I squealed, he froze and I couldn't get him off it!!!

Jensen was a superstar in his first Novice with a double clear - not bad for a 5yr old in his 8th ever event. He was green cross-country as it was a big novice, but very genuine, and he'll now go and do another BE100 at Cholmondeley before going back to Novice at West Wilts. I find it good with the youngsters to give them an easy run after stepping up a level. His show-jumping was class and although he's not the biggest, I think he's one to watch.

Wasting Light was pure class around his first Advanced and finished 15th out of about 60 entries in the Dassett Eventing 8/9year old class. He did a very nice test for a 33, had one unlucky rail around a decent up to height track which caused plenty of problems, and stormed the cross-country. As he is just 8, and is heading to Burgham for the CIC*** this weekend, we went at a nice rhythm without going too fast, as I wanted to leave enough in the tank for this weekend. A very promising run from him though and exciting for the future.

Unfortunately it didn't go quite as smoothly for Kings Advocate (Hugo). He did a lovely test for a 33 as well, but got a bit spooked in the show-jumping and had two fences down. The ring was tight and he is always better with a bit of space to take everything in. He did jump well, but just went a little green on me. Cross-country he was good and very bold, but misunderstood a skinny triple brush downhill at fence 8, where you had to turn sharply to it from a bounce of hedges. Again, he was just a little green and although I gave him as much time as I could to read it, he got a bit confused and ran out. It was a difficult fence to get back to after a problem, but we got there, and carried on for a steady school around the rest of the track which he jumped super. I have not ridden him for very long and feel there is is a bit more groundwork to do before he steps up to Advanced. He is very genuine and normally super on a line, but was just a bit too green.

I also took my horse Rienroe Lucky Ranger in the Intermediate, and he was super with a 32, very unlucky rail, and fab cross-country. He will hopefully go to Cholmondeley for the Intermediate next weekend if I can get a late entry, as he just needs to gain a bit more mileage before aiming at a CCI**.

I must add that Charlotte did amazing on Justice (Sannanvalley Justice) in the Junior Final Trial to do a 30dressage and double clear to finish 2nd!!! She has worked really hard on her dressage since Barbury and it was a fabulous test. Fingers crossed she gets on the team which is announced in the next couple of days!!

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