A recent trip to Kelsall Hill Farm Ride with me on Troy, Stacey on Archie and Phil on Sam.
We arrived at Aintree just after 12pm and didn't get in the box to leave until 7.30pm! It was a long one considering we only had 3 horses! This show was a qualifier for the unaffiliated championships in February.
Archie - following an unusually lacklustre warm-up, he jumped double clear in the 75cm finishing 9th overall and qualifying for the championship. Very pleased with him, going to start introducing jump-off techniques now that he's a bit more confident.
Tyke - had a bit of a nasty experience in the warm-up arena which knocked his confidence and possibly hurt him a bit. He was really rattled when we went in to the 85cm and ended up getting eliminated in the second phase of the course which is very unlike him. I had him entered in the 95cm to see how he would do at that height. He handled the height quite comfortably so think it's a good class for him future, but he still didn't feel right and had one stop. He jumped the next few fences very nicely though so I decided to retire him and end on a good note rather than have a bad experience later in the course. I'd like him to keep on enjoying his jumping and never take it too seriously. He qualified for the Championship on a wild card regardless so he'll still get a chance to have a go with the others.
Troy did really well. After a very shaky first fence and a few near-misses he jumped his first double clear at this height and finished 4th, also qualifying for the championship and earning me a wild card to use for Tyke in the 85cm.
New boy Archie went out in the big-guys field for the first time this week. Here's a bucket load of pictures of how it went! Featuring:
Archie - Navy full-neck rug with red lining.
Troy - Big chestnut in red rug
Tyke - Little chestnut in purple rug
Oscar - Grey in blue rug
Monty - Small pony
Lady - no rug
And some bonus pictures of Misty and Topper having some fun too!
This is Archie, a young 14hh Welsh pony who as you can see is a very talented young man! He is owned by Stacey and I’ve been doing a bit of jump schooling with him. Only done a couple of session so far but he has already improved enormously so can’t wait to see how he progresses.