In September, we went to Larkhill to a local RC competition and entered the 3’ and 3’3” classes showjumping on grass. There were some tricky lines, and it was a very twisty turny track which really didn’t suit him at all. His lovely nature meant he just cracked on, and he posted 2 fast rounds with just a pole, placing him third in both his classes the 3’ and 3’3”.
We got there to find we had just missed the 3’ so we entered the 3’3” and 3’6” instead, eek! I looked upon it as good practice rather than expecting anything spectacular. In the 3’3” he went clear in the first part of the course, and then I rode a bad line on a tricky turn back which meant he didn’t have a chance on a decent upright. Such a shame as we almost shifted the four-faults-itis, damn jockey error!
I learned from our mistakes in the second round and really worked him on the corner of the turn back which meant we had a good shot at 10 and he cleared it well. He had the first fence down having not met it on a good stride, and then the back rail of an oxer later on.
Larkhill will be difficult as I know it will be wet and on a slope, so it will be a real test, but regardless I’m delighted with how he’s come on this year – he feels, stronger, fitter, and more confident than ever. When I got Blue last Feb we started out jumping 2’6”/2’9”, and we started this season with 12 faults showjumping at BE90 - to now to have him jumping BE100 and 3’6” tracks is a great feeling. This is why I call him Super Blue, always does his best! His heart is huge.
I really believe that the few lessons we’ve had with Rosie Moss have helped enormously, both during the sessions and working on the homework she gives us, and also by doing lots more hacking and strengthening work to build him up over his back and behind. We are still a work in progress, with much to improve upon, but it’s really nice to know we can go into winter and keep improving with next season in mind. I feel like there's lots more to come from Blue, so onwards and upwards!