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Monday, 11 February 2013

A Successful Combined Training

Yesterday saw Thomas and I take a trip with some friend up to Titlington - to take part in some Combined Training. Despite its name, it's not training - it's a competition that combines Dressage and a round of Showjumping.

A reasonably early start, I plaited Thomas up, gave him a good groom to help get that shine all over ;-)
Some friends from our yard were also going to the same venue, so rather than take two boxes at the same time to the same place, we went together.

Although we arrived a little ahead of when we had planned, and it being very cold outside, time flew by and after watching our friend, Thomas stepped off the wagon, I got changed, and tacked up.

You do the dressage first - our first ever Novice test. I was a bit worried as some of the movements, I hadn't done before. BUT to enables us to jump the bigger fences, that's what we had to do! Thomas warmed up great - we went into our test, and although Thomas was lacking in energy a little, he put in a nice test. The judge gave some positive & constructive feedback - plenty for us to work on back at home.

Next was the showjumping...

Our best round to date! Just one fence down - the first. Not sure what happened, think Thomas was perhaps a little forgetful with those front legs as he felt like he flew it! We concentrated on keeping round, supple and sitting straight, so we could have been a little more forward, but it was a great effort!

We've got some dressage planned for later this month, with a couple of events already scheduled in for March - so keep watching out for our updates!

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