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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Richmond ODE

As Richmond was to be my first ever event, I wanted to just be able to say I'd finished, with no problems, and most of all, I really didn't want to pick up 20 jumping penalties in the cross country!

Thomas behaved liked such a pro. He was a little excited when we first arrived, but after a few minutes off the wagon, he realised he was here to have a great time and settled well.

He warmed up for the dressage very calmly, and was working nicely. We went into the arena to carry out our test, and it was the best time of my riding life - I was here, and doing it... After all the years waiting!

We came out with a score of 37 which I was very pleased with. And, just as some evidence, here's our test:

Our Show Jumping has so far been our weakest phase, and the element which I am going to concentrate on over the winter. However, I was very pleased, and although rode a corner a little too wide, we had just 3 poles down - so 12 penalties to add. We even managed to get a great photo on the way round!

Next, onto the phase that I'd been most excited about, although slightly nervous, but much outweighed by sheer excitement!! CROSS COUNTRY
Thomas warmed up nicely over a few small fences, and suddenly it was us up next. Off we went. Thomas was great and flew over everything, really showing me how it was done. We got home clear, but with a steady and consistent pace all the way round, we were about 30 seconds over time.

We finished on a score of 60.6 - a great result for our first competition!

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