Weston Park – Educational Day

Bill LevettIt was great to have the sunshine out and no wind at Weston Park, it¬†makes a day’s eventing so much more enjoyable. Weston Park’s ground was good¬†today but ironically it wouldn’t take too long before it would dry out to¬†the point of being firm. We are in a similar situation at home – and so are¬†trying to make sure in this dry patch we get all the fields harrowed and¬†rolled.

Today I had Dotty and Silver doing the Novice, both doing nice dressage¬†tests but Dotty having 3 down in the show jumping and Silver having a¬†misunderstanding cross country because she wasn’t quite sure what she was¬†supposed to jump until the last minute. So it was an educational day out¬†but no prizes!

The show jump course is never that inviting at Weston, being a bit on the¬†side of a hill, up to height with lines that are quite difficult for young¬†horses. It makes clears more difficult to come by. Dotty gave me a great¬†ride round the cross country, allowing me to ride her in a lovely rhythm.¬†Silver jumped a nice clear round in the show jumping but, as I said cross country, I took a tight line to a skinny and she didn’t think she had to¬†jump it. It was good to get the novices out and hopefully it will be a¬†stepping stone for better runs next time.

Tomorrow I’m at Aston-le-Walls with Lenny for his eventing debut with me which will be an¬†interesting outing – I hope to learn a lot about him.



Posted 6th April – Photo Trevor Holt

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