Yesterday we spent at a one day event with youngest. It was held at Mattingley which is near Hook in Hampshire.
We had a very early start
That is A.M.!!
When we arrived we walked the cross country course, I find this a bit difficult some times when I see the size of some of the fences she will be jumping.
That done it was back to the lorry to get Jelly Bean ready. She had her mane plaited
and she had studs put into her shoes, this is to help her grip as she is charging about the place.
The first part of the day is Dressage
this went very well and she got a very good score.
The next event is Show Jumping
This didn't go quite as well as she had a couple of fences down, which is unusual as she's usually pretty good at this part.
The next bit is the Cross Country
(sorry the photo is a bit one sided but it was the best I could do).
She managed to go clear doing this which she was very pleased with. She has gone up a class this season so everything is higher and wider (hence Mothers' nerves!).
After all the excitement Jelly gets walked round so that she can cool down and get her breath back
The lady in the photo is youngests' boss who makes all this possible,( thanks Zoe).
Then it's back to the lorry to sort Jelly out. She's washed down and then she has a paste called Ice Tite put on her legs, this helps cool them down, and then she has stable bandages put on. This is to support them after all the hard work.
Thought you might like to see the things we take with us
this is without any tack and without any of youngests' clothes, this is what they look like when we have finished
lots of washing for Mum!
It was a very long day, we got home at
I should say here that the actual time spent riding the dressage, show jumping and cross country combined is about 20 minutes (this doesn't include any warming up riding done). Makes you wonder why we do it. Despite that we do enjoy it, which is just as well really.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekends,
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