Blair – Cross Country Day

Bill Levett Well today was a really good day at Blair. It started off with Silks giving¬†me a great ride cross country, initially thinking I was in the lead then¬†realising I ended up in 3rd as their timings were messed up with the cross¬†country time keeping. I was sure I was only one second over but I guess we¬†will never know. It’s all very tight at the top with 0.4 (one extra second¬†allocated against me) of a penalty dropping me from first to third.

Still, it¬†takes nothing away from Silks – he really stepped up to the job and jumped well around the track. He kept on his lines, galloping and jumping to the¬†finish line. He was looking for the flags and fences today and did his bit –¬†we had one tricky moment at the first water but he was clever and stayed¬†true and thinking forward and jumped his way through with me on the buckle! He¬†sometimes jumps a bit high over his fences which means we waste some time in¬†the air but he always keeps galloping with his helicopter tail swishing¬†away!

Alfie and Womble did the show jumping and cross country. Alfie jumped a¬†great round and then I over rode a related line on the cross country and it¬†was all he could do to keep his head and neck in between the flags –¬†unfortunately half his shoulders stayed the wrong side of the flag. I¬†galloped on, thinking I had done the fence, to find out I had been eliminated,¬†so unfortunately we got an elimination due to rider error, very frustrating –¬†he didn’t deserve that as he jumped fantastically around the rest of the¬†track.

The second big success today was getting some brakes on Womble. One of the¬†issues is that when I go fast on Womble he takes too long to set up but¬†today was different. He went the best cross country he has ever gone which¬†was a great thrill. Unfortunately he went a little green on me in the show¬†jumping at a double and we had two rails which cost us dear in the context¬†of our ranking in the overall class, but I’m not that worried about his show¬†jumping as he has a good jump and with a little more experience this will¬†iron itself out.

Let’s hope Silks gets a good night’s sleep tonight and all goes well with¬†the trot up and we can jump clear tomorrow afternoon and move back up the¬†order again!



Posted 24th August

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