So with some good lessons and lots of practice in the week, I felt nice and confident for the DR and SJ on Sat at Floors. I walked the XC on Fri evening after work and was left a little worried about some of the larger table style jumps, but in general the course looked great and was definitely more challenging than last year.
We arrived nice and early on Sat am - first one into the carpark! Feeling relaxed and happy we headed up to the DR. Corky started to warm up well, lots of nice relaxed stretching and he was soft when I picked him up. Unfortunately this was short lived and he then seemed to be super sharp after hearing another horse being hit with a schooling whip. He then would not settle back down, it was not the other riders fault at all, just the wee man being super sensitive as her horse didn't even seem to notice he had been hit! Sometime owning a sharp TB is not easy and definitely not one with a such a strong will like Corky. He would not settle down after that and we both got stressed out. Needless to say we rode a horrific head nodding test for 42.5 I felt like crying with frustration.
After a quick pep talk from Bella we headed to the SJ. Our warm-up went great, popping quietly over a few fences so I was very surprised and upset to then go in and take 3 poles. I won't lie - there were a few tears shed on the way back to the lorry to get ready for XC. Bella's job as groom then extended into counselor as well! She talked me off the ledge and sent me off to enjoy the XC and pull the day back for me and Corky!
Boy she was right, he absolutely flew round the course, flying over the big galloping tables, coming back for the ditch, log, ditch combo which was causing lots of problems. The only issue we had was me and my poor sat nav!! Would you believe I got mixed up after fence 2 and thought there should be an extra one before 3 (I thought 3 was 4!!). Thankfully I realised and kicked on to 3 (double checking the number before actually jumping it!!). I have never got lost XC before but in hindsight I think it was a good think as we picked up time faults for 4 secs too slow. If we hadn't stopped looking for the mystery jump, we would definitely have been far too fast!