After months of hard work and lots of practice it was time for me and little Roo to take on our challenge at Kirriemuir. We travelled from our home in Newtonmore in the Highlands the night before so we could get there in time for the course walk. I had attended an Eventing camp here in May so I was glad I picked this one as the place was familiar and it took the edge off of everything feeling so unknown.
Competition day, I was with 3 other fellow wobbleberries which was great, kind of like strength in numbers. We walked our courses and made good use of the BE80T coach-Sue Hendry. If any other wobbleberries are still to complete their challenge I would really recommend the course walks.
Dressage- I had what I felt was a good test. Roo had gone down the the warm up really tense and on his toes but managed to relax and settle enough to give us a 38.8. I had gone hoping for something below 40 so I was pleased with this.
Showjumping- this is the part I felt best about as we have practiced a lot. We managed a lovely clear round to be very proud of.
X-Country- I'm not going to lie. This part scares me. My tummy was in knots in the start box waiting to go out. But the count down and off we went, to come home with another nice clear and confident round and a few time faults for being a little too slow.
We finnished 12th in our section of 30, which I am absolutely over the moon about. i bought Roo as a 5 year old last year and we have done very little together, our only other competition being a hunter trial at 50cm. I have never done any dressage before this was my first test and I've always been quite happy fiddling about over little jumps. The training for this has really pulled us together.
This challenge has been so much more than just training to do some jumping. It has got us thinking differently about how we look after our horses for competition, it's had us make new friends who hopefully we will see much more of. It's had me a try at my trailer test which didn't go so well but I will try again. It has well and truly pushed me out of comfort zones and hopefully it shows in my riding. It's not always been easy juggling work, 2 little boys and home life but it's all worked out. So for all that, I really thank you Hannah. You have been such an inspiration.