South view and Solihull premier shows
We did a couple of days at South View's premier show - the jumping was good but it was very cold and wet! I only jumped Calrina once in a strong 140/145 class and she jumped a super double clear to finish in 4th place in a fast jump off.
Babette won the Winter Novice qualifying for the Royal International at Hickstead. There were 90 starters and only 2 qualify. I was late drawn in the jump off and knew how fast I needed to go so I went for it!! It's the first time I've really gone for it against the clock and she's quick and careful!
My new ride Ma Cherie a 7 yr old mare was double clear and placed in the Foxhunter the first day and was unlucky to have a back bar in the Winter Novice jump off. Cherie is Owned by Poppy Bridgwater.
I had a successful time at Solihull Premier Show over the last 3 days. Some great jumping with fast jump offs. My exuberant Canberra Z won the Foxhunter in flying style on the first day. Babette jumped a super round and was placed 8th in the Blue Chip 1.25 qualifier and Ma Cherie also jumped a lovely double clear in the 1.25.
On the second day Babette was on flying form to finish 2nd in another competitive jump off class. Ma Cherie had the fatest time in the karma jump off but we clipped the back bar of the final double 😬. Canberra Z was a bit unlucky to do a super round in the 1.30 open and tipped the last fence in the jump off. I jumped Calrina in the Accumulator and she jumped clear over the fences but I was going for the win and turned too tight to a vertical and she just nipped out on me which was completely my fault plus she is a bit rusty 😳.
It was a busy third day at Solihull with 6 horses on board 😲! Delihah just had the first fence down in the newcomers but then apologised and jumped super. Bayard finished 2nd in the newcomers. He had a sore back so I couldn't jump him on the other days and decided to pop him in a smaller class to make sure he was feeling better.
Babette was flying again to win the Foxhunter. There were 22 in the jump off and I was 2nd to go. The Foxhunters were all for £200 so was worth going for! Ma Cherie jumped really well in a very strong and technical Blue Chip B&C qualifier. She made two mistakes but that was by far the toughest track she has faced and jumped it fairly easily. There were a lot of horses struggling.
I jumped Calrina in the 130m Open and she also finished 2nd.
Pretty good couple of weeks. 👍🐴