I took Dudley to Somerford Park Farm Ride today. As far as I know he would never have been schooled over any Xc fences before but he was very brave and jumped everything I asked him to. We did have 4 little run outs but it never happened twice at the same fence and it was only baby mistakes.I went with a friend from work, Nikee Hudson and her youngster Saffy, who has come on amazingly well since we first went Xc schooling together. Before Saffy was the baby of the group but today she was the grown up one giving confidence to Dudley, particularly at the water where she gave us a great lead. I was really impressed how chilled Dudley was between fences, we could be cantering and jumping at one point then next minute we could be walking along on a long rein. There was one moment where he ran off with excitement, but I managed to pull up, he just briefly forgot he wasn't a racehorse anymore. He is really showing great potential. Exciting!!!
Amateur event rider