This was held at Tushibgham. Florence had 72% in D10 for individual 4th and team 2nd. Percy had 72.8% in N30 for individual 5th and team 4th good results in large classes.
So yesterday Percy and I travelled the 100 miles to Lincolnshire for our final run of the year at Norton Disney Horse Trials. After last weekend our main aim was to just have a nice final run to end our season. I thought he did his best test at Novice this season but the judge said I rode cautiously and we only scored 35.8 which was disappointing but I was really pleased with how relaxed and settled he was. Next up was the showjumping and he jumped an impeccable round, lovely rhythm and super careful, leaving all the poles in their cups. The cross country was a nice track but with plenty of skinny combinations and super tight on the time. He headed off a little spooky but as soon as we got to the first question at fence 6 he put his professional head on and sailed round the rest of the course. He was actually the 5th fastest in the section to come home with only 2.4 time. This helped pull us up from 28th after dressage into 9th spot and also gain his first BE point. Fabulous way to finish our season. So proud of him. 😘
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Percy and I did the Novice at Broadway today. Our day started really well with a dressage of 32 which was quite well placed in the section, I think about 7th. But then in the showjumping he showed quite a lot of discomfort in his mouth and actually almost stopped at a fence but motion carried him forward and he crashed through the fence. He then jumped the majority of the course much better but then did the same at the last fence, when I half halted him he threw his head back smacking me in the face and then had the fence down. He had his wolf teeth out recently and I think this may be giving him a little bit of discomfort. I decided that I wouldn't run cross country because I didn't want to cause him anymore pain. It was very unlike him to behave in that way.
It was nice to have husband Thomas with me to drive so I could put my feet up on the way home and relax.
Thank you Carrie Mansfield for taking some lovely pictures of us in the showjumping 😊
I had always dreamt that one day I may ride to my wedding and I did. On Saturday 26th September 2015, my beautiful homebred Percy took me to church. He was an absolute star and took me perfectly the mile and a half to church. I rode side saddle and wore a huge princess style dress to which he wasn't phased at all. Several people played a part in making the day possible. Anne Dawson for lending me a side saddle, giving me a crash course in how to tack up and ride in the saddle and then walked to church with me on the day. Nikee Hudson drove the lorry to church and then walked with us to church also and took Percy back home from the church with Anne. Andrew Chadwick followed us to church in his car to fend off traffic and keep us safe. Tanya Hindley-Tait was faced with the drama of dealing with my hair and make-up having rode with my top hat on and then needing to look beautiful in the church with a sparkly tiara. Bless her I think she had sleepless nights over it!!!! And then there is Patey, who very generously made me the most stunning ivory laced top hat to ride in, and hand stitched beautiful sparkly beads to it and a tulle veil. It couldn't have been more beautiful and suitable to ride to my wedding in. It's was truly an amazing day and many people referred to it as a fairytale wedding. It couldn't have been more perfect. My bridesmaids Sharron Smith, Kerry Bucknall, Caroline Webley and Jo Hunter were absolutely beautiful along with my charming page boy Tom Bucknall and stunning flower girl Ellie Bucknall. My mum had been amazing through all the planning of the wedding and did an amazing job of doing flowers arranging, altering bridesmaids dresses, putting up with me and generally taking charge of most things. Tom's parents did a great job of getting the farm ready for our 300+ guests and also the amazing food that was served. Tom's sister, Lucy, was the general dogs body bless her, every day leading up to the wedding she was given lists of jobs that needed doing from collecting olives to getting photos printed, she was so efficient in getting everything done. Tom put up the most beautiful marquee with his team at South Cheshire Marquees. Mandy Roche arrived with a stunning cake for us and then the poor lady was asked to hoover the marquee to. Hero Douglas played the harp beautifully and sang me down the aisle to "From this Moment" from Shania Twaine. Ciara Doone-Rush captured the day on photographs and Cam3video filmed our day for us. There's so many people that played apart in making the day what it was, family and friends, and to that we will be forever grateful. Oh and I forgot to mention about the selfie I took at the alter...such a Bonnie thing to do 😂
Having had 6 weeks off eventing on the lead up to the wedding, I headed the 156 miles down to Little Downham with Percy on Sunday ready for the novice on Monday. I think somebody had switched into holiday mode!!! His dressage wasn't terrible in any particular parts but was just a little narky all the way through resulting in an embarrassing mark of 40. Then showjumping he warmed up beautifully and jumped 1 and 2 beautifully but then it went downhill from there having 4 down. By the time it came round to Xc luckily he switched on again and jumped an impeccable clear, I didn't push him for time, treated it more like a schooling round after our first two negative phases. He came home with 8.8 time, which I was very pleased with having not pushed him and delighted he'd remembered what eventing was all about by then, popping all the straight routes no problem. So before our next event he can have a clip and have a bit of SJ and dressage practise and hopefully up our game a bit!!! I half wonder if the long drive down and over night stay may have played a part in his performance some what. As it was the first time stabling away with no company, so maybe he had a restless night which could explain a lot. On wards and upwards :-)
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