The event season is now over for another year, and it’s already time to reflect on the past few months of competing and to look ahead to the future and plan the best way to move closer to long term goals.
For Freddie, the season has had its ups and downs, which is not unusual for him! Yet it’s not until you reflect that it’s clear that the low points definitely make the highs feel so much better and appreciated.
One of the main goals for this season was to compete at the National Intermediate championships that Freddie had qualified for the previous year. However the way the event calendar panned out and one tiny mistake at Brightling in July meant that we didn’t make it to the championship at Gatcombe.
The other aim for the year was to step up to advanced level, and this goal was achieved. Perhaps without the desired outcome but never the less we got there and learned lots from the experience.
The highlight of the season for Freddie was achieving a double clear and top ten placing at 2* level, which was a clear high point and more than I could have hoped for. Another positive to take from the season was an overall improvement in his dressage marks, not by a massive margin, but things are slowly heading in the right direction inside the white boards. Personally I am also very pleased to have completed more clear rounds in the show jumping this year than in the previous seasons, especially when you take into account the fact that the courses are getting bigger.
Freddie is now spending a few weeks hacking before having a well earned holiday. I aim to get him back into work by Christmas and would like to really concentrate on his dressage over the early months of next year and take him to some pure dressage competitions to try and further improve our marks. As well as this, we will also look to work on the technical aspects of cross country riding and like last year, practice show jumping at local BS shows.
Next year we will be aiming to tackle some more advanced courses and get Freddie to some three day events, which will no doubt involve even more travelling and lots of hard work but I feel the longer format will suit Freddie and he should enjoy the longer cross country tracks.