While we all await the start of the Scottish event season I have spent the last few weekends at British Show Jumping with Lucas. We made our first trip through to Muirmill equestrian last weekend and were back at Rockrose this weekend. We have been trying to collect our 85cm double clears to qualify for the second rounds later in the year. We have one already but have sadly taken one pole in each of our last few attempts. It was a beautiful day through the West at Muirmill so they ran the show in their lovely outdoor arena. We entered the 80 and the 85, which in hindsight might have not been a great idea. Just as at Morris the week previous, Lucas jumped a super double clear and was placed in a very busy 80 class. We then went back in for the 85 and had a pole again – he seems to get quite a bit stronger in the second round as he is feeling more confident. This weekend at Rockrose we took a different tack and just jumped the 85 and he was double clear! I’m not sure if that’s what made the difference but I’ll try going straight in at 85 at our next show.
Corky has been ticking along nicely at home in preparation for the eventing at Dalkeith this coming weekend – but – as with horses nothing is ever straightforward. He came in on Monday evening with a puffy and cut hind leg. I actually think he managed to kick himself as the cut is on the inside. Fortunately he didn’t seem to be lame so with rest, bandaging and lots of lots of cold hosing by me and Mary he seems to be fine. As Dalkeith I only 15 minutes from my yard we are going to head over for our dressage and see how things go. I think he will be absolutely fine to run all three phases, but it he seems sore at all it’s just a quick trip home and back to the field. Fingers crossed!!