I took Percy and Florence for their first British Eventing Horse Trials run of the season yesterday. Things really didn’t go as planned. All their training leading up to the event had been perfect, but I forgot to train them to go in a bog!!! The going at Stafford was extremely muddy and holding and neither of them enjoyed it. They were both in the BE100 and tried their hardest in the dressage picking up 31 and 35, but they were struggling. And the same with the Showjumping, they tried their best but Percy picked up 12 faults and Florence 4. I should have retired at that point but I thought I would give the cross country a go, as it hadn’t seemed such bad going when I walked it. So I headed out on a very unhappy Florence, who stopped at 3 different fences before I retired and walked home. I’m devastated for her because she’s had very few faults in the past and really just didn’t enjoy the mud. I decided to call it a day so withdrew Percy, he is younger and has a lot less experience and clearly struggled in the mud Showjumping so didn’t want to risk upsetting him. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some dry weather before their next event.
Amateur event rider