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March ended up being a busier month than expected, I got my third call up for Great Britain! This time, at Keysoe CDI- again at small tour level.
After the lovely warm weather it was a bit of a shock travelling down South and finding it about 10 degrees cooler and very windy. I had to borrow some stable drapes to shield Detonator from the wind blowing in his stable. He passed the trot up on Thursday and so it was onto the PSG on the Friday. He warmed up quite well, but unlike him he got into the competition arena and totally dropped off my aids, making 3 big mistakes and so, deservedly, we got our worst score for a long time. It was the kick up the bum I needed though, we have not really been on form since his brief spell off and it made me realise I needed to be much more on his case- and it worked! The Inter 1 was mistake free and we got our highest International placing of 11th, just .03% off our first International top 10. This then put us in the top 15 to compete in the Kur on Sunday. I was quite pleased with the test just making one error in the 3 time changes, my score didn't reflect how it felt unfortunately, but that'sdressage sometimes! To finish in 14th place is still an achievement at that level for us.
It was a great competition and has got me back on track and focused for the winter Nationals next weekend, where we will compete in the Advanced Medium Freestyle at Hartpury. We also have Keysoe Premier League at the end of the month.
The 2 younger boys, Sando and Mario had a trip out to Northallerton to gain some summer regional points. Unfortunately they both decided to get rather clingy whinnying to each other the whole time producing some tense tests, but still managed to get a few points. I think Spring Fever has a lot to do with it and now they are out a bit more in the fields, hopefully they will settle down again for Snainton on Thursday.
Promised Land had his second trip out last Saturday ro an unaffiliated and was so well behaved even though it was a new (to him) venue. He won the class on 71%, he will go affiliated very soon. I'm also enjoying jumping him at home- who knows I might even get back out eventing!
I have been training with Becky Moody today and she sees a big difference now I have my new saddle (Albion Fabrento Dressage from NYS) it's not moving like my previous one and it's helping my position alot!
So a busy month ahead leading up to my 40th birthday at the beginning of May, not really something I want to celebrate!!