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Kim Richards, March 2015
First of all a massive thank you to North Yorkshire Saddles for giving me the chance to become an ambassador of the company.
So we’ve had a mixed month for the team, Zip Code (aka Ronaldo) decided he no longer liked his saddle and we had to quickly find a replacement. Thankfully Sarah managed to find a lovely fitting saddle just in time for his first event! Ronaldo had his first BE run of the season at Askham Bryan where we had a very early start and ran dressage at 8am, he was having a very relaxed dressage test until the right canter where Ronaldo thought he would test my stick-ability luckily we stayed together and finished the dressage test in a more calming manner! We then headed over to SJ where we had a very excitable round and had a pole, I will remember to sit up quicker between fences! The XC didn’t go to plan he warmed up lovely and unfortunately we ended up retiring part way through the course. Ronaldo’s next event was at Lincolnshire, where he was more eager to head over to the dressage luckily he exploded before we went into the arena and he produced a lovely test which was nice and relaxed. Next came Ronaldo’s forte he was all up for the SJ round and jumped brill with an unfortunate pole. However the next phase seemed to have scared him since Askham Bryan and was he unwilling to go XC. We made the next decision to bring Ronaldo slowly back into XC and make it a fun experience for him, he has now gone BS to keep up with his strong suit. We will be aiming to make Bishop Burton for his next BE run.
With Ronaldo out of eventing for a couple of weeks we decided to replace him for Sonny at Eden Valley where unfortunately the weather got in our way and the event was abandoned. We were even starting to get good at dressage!!
Whisper has started her event training and has had some challenging dressage lessons to try and get her to balance herself a bit more. She’s had a couple of successful SJ sessions and is rather excitable for the XC schooling where she’s been in her element. She seems to be coming together nicely so fingers crossed for her first run at Northallerton in a couple of weeks.
That’s all for now and let’s see what the next month brings fingers crossed it all goes to plan but who knows with horses as they all seem to have their own mind and intend on having their own fun and games whether we agree or not!