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Billy's Blog

Top of the morning to you. Now, May has been a busy time here at the yard. We have had routine visits from the dentist, vet and physio. Naturally I have received many compliments regarding my physique which The Old Girl attributes to my diet of Fibre-Beet.

The Young Master has been kept on his toes with rides on other horses. He did rather well at Bishop Burton Arena show cross, at the beginning of the month, when asked to step in at the last minute and jump a horse in a couple of classes.  There was added pressure when a potential buyer turned up to view the horse but the lad kept his cool jumping clear, bagging rosettes in both classes.  Obviously I have taught him well!  I couldn’t contain my delight at being allowed to motor on round the cross country section ,when it came to my turn,and we posted double clears with fast times to win both classes. Can’t have a chance ride usurping my position now can I?

The Legend, who had been itching for an outing, got his chance to show off his talents when a friend’s pony went lame. Never one to hide his light under a bushel, the old boy jumped two double clears, at a pony club junior series qualifier, helping the team secure a winning spot and a ticket to the finals later in the year. He netted an individual placing too and so many compliments about his appearance and performance - proving Fibre-Beet is great for the golden oldies not just us dudes in our prime!

Fancy Piece has left the fold for pastures new and headed off to Kent to have lots of fun and success with her new jockey, Alex.  We sent her off with a bag of Fibre-Beet and lots of good luck wishes.

Misty and I had an exciting outing to Chatsworth International Horse Trials to represent the York & Ainsty Pony club in the team show jumping.  The whole team became rather over excited when a very tall chap on a smart bay horse wished them all good luck. It was none other than William Fox-Pitt on his way back from the dressage.  Comet and Misty both swooned but for my money he’s not in the same league as the Young Master when it comes to good looks.

The turf felt good under my feet in the main arena and knowing the time was tight we set off in a determined mode. We were the path finders and wanted to post a clear for the team but sadly we clipped a pole trying to do a tight turn to beat the clock. Misty also rolled a pole and clocked up a few time faults.  The Gods were clearly against us when just into her round Comet heard the hounds and the hunting horn in the other arena. Unable to contain herself she galloped round easily inside the time but rather too many poles fell down. Toddy, our anchor man, jumped valiantly but two poles and a stack of time faults meant we didn’t bring home any prizes.

Not being one to dwell on things the Young Master and I put our energies into training with the British Novice second rounds looming next month. Flatwork alongside jumping have been the order of the day with plenty of hacking round the tracks and lanes of Holderness countryside.

We had another outing to Bishop Burton, where we did our first metre five competition. Feeling fighting fit I flew round without so much as touching a pole.  The Young Master was ecstatic to come third and take home thirty pounds!! You can Bank on Billy, that’s for sure.

Billy x

P.S. I've just jumped a brilliant double clear at Bramham in the Pony Club 1.05 competition. I did enjoy hearing the crowd cheering after I cleared the last fence and our team came home with 3rd place.