Jane Rapp & Shamrock Bay
BE Solihull (1)
Solihull completed with dressage score of 32.5, Show jumping 4 faults, and XC just 5.2 time penalties finishing on a score of 41.7 Placed 14 raising just under £500.00
My horse Rocky (owned by my daughter) so last year while she was taking her A levels and then going off to University, I started riding him more than a odd hack round the roads .... I joined Stratford Riding Club. I have the club to thank for all their support and great training available on a weekly basis. I was very nervous, but Rocky is very comfortable to ride and to jump, although he can also be a little anxious at times. Then my friend Alison persuaded me to join her as a Wobbleberry.
I began my Wobbleberry preparation by doing some show jumping, dressage and two eventer challenges. As our confidence grew I felt ready to have a go...so Solihull was entered. From remembering the dressage test then to remember my way the round the Show jumping and having enough energy to complete the cross country. Rocky needs lots of forward riding !!
He went really well on the day i was pleased with my dressage score , showjumping was good i kept my impulsion and he jumped well, just one pole down then at the Cross country the first few fences were great then I eased off the pace then he hit fence five coming out of the wood...so had to ride the next three fences as they seemed to come up a bit quick i struggled to get my flow back but we then settled into the rest of the course well finishing clear but with a few time penalties. Nothing beats the thrill of finishing I can't wait to do it again..!!
Ground crew on the day were some amazing friends, family and our rep Carolyn Akeister from Central West armed with her camera so photo credits go to her. I have to say I had a great day competing to finally compete at a BE event at 48 years old after a gap of 27 years of competing was brilliant and I felt little emotional at times it was such an honor to ride in the name of a Wobbleberry for Hannah Francis....Good luck to everyone else doing their event ..kick on and enjoy.
Thank you to everyone for all you help