Dudley had his first jumping competition yesterday. It was show jumping which lead straight on to the cross country. We just did the 70cm class to make it nice and simple for him. There was lots going on with ponies and people whizzing all over the place. He coped quite well with all the other horses but he found the crowds and tradestands quite overwhelming and got a bit of stage freight in the SJ. He stopped at the first but then jumped round rolling a few poles. But then when he got on to the cross country he got all his courage back and jumped a lovely clear with 1.2 time penalties for going too fast. Overall I'm pleased with how he behaved, we just need to get some SJ practise in now. Even with his SJ penalties he still managed to finish 21st out of 48!!!!!
Amateur event rider