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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