The practice paid off when we headed to Bishop Burton for the jumping and style competition the following week. A tidy double clear saw us take second place in the BE90 Open and a qualifying spot for the final at Hartpury in February.
The Old Girl, in a moment of madness, had also entered us in the Novice which meant we had rather a long time to wait for that class. Both of us had switched off a bit by the time we came into jump and I hit the first fence. The Young Master and I then had a bit of a miscommunication into a large white gate, he wanted to go on four strides and I said five… result four and half strides and another fence down. We then got our acts together and jumped much better over some very skinny jumps and a bounce. The Old Girl was happy enough although she announced I needed to be fitter and she would have to hack me out when the Young Master is at college. That will never happen I thought...
Imagine my surprise when The Old Girl tacked me up on Tuesday and we set off on what promised to be a long ride. We had only gone about two miles when we passed a friend's farm. "Here we go" I thought as we turned in, "time for a coffee and a chat" I heard the words, the hunt is in the next village and I perked up. No such luck. Our ride was re-routed to avoid the hounds...maybe next time!
There is plenty on the horizon and February looks like being a super busy month. Someone special has a significant birthday coming up... any guesses as to who that might be? Don't forget to catch up with us next month and find out...
In the meantime I’ll keep eating the Fibre-Beet to give me plenty of slow release energy whilst maintaining hydration.