Fifi has been to 3 events now, Shelford BE, Aston UA and the area qualifier at Solihull.
At Shelford I ended up withdrawing after dressage as after a lot of rain the ground had become very sticky. I know most horses coped fine with it even as the weeks went on but Fifi didn't like it. She isn't a fan of mud at the best of times but when she isn't sure of her footing it is made ten times worse.
She slipped and tripped her way around her dressage arena and tried her best but I called it a day and we headed home. After such a long time of trying to get her confidence back I daren't risk it all too soon.
A week later and we presented ourselves at Aston unaffiliated. The ground was wet and muddy on the XC but we were lucky to have our dressage and showjumping on a surface to get us off to a good start. She did a brilliant test for 26.5 (we finally got our sub 30!) and just lowered a rail in the showjumping as we were a little bit keen. She flew the XC, mud included, and came home in 10th place in a big section!
You might notice that my dressage scores are lower than we previously used to score, we have been working our backsides off don't get me wrong, but I feel this is owed to our fantabulous new dressage trainer Ian Woodhead. Fifi is just moving much better, working so much better, getting easier to ride (still a tricky madam) and her scores are reflecting this for good reason. Ian thinks highly of Fifi and has said she's a serious horse on more than one occasion which leaves me very excited for what we may be able to achieve. This picture is of her in one of our lessons..
As always a huge thanks to Shearwater Insurance who so kindly support us in our training.