Competition at Essendon and Epping Forest

Great day at Essendon and Epping Forest Dressage Group today. Totally new venue and we had a go at the silver test (Grade II Novice Test A) as well as our 2nd attempt at the bronze test (Grade II Intro Test 10).

This was only our 2nd time in an indoor school which River took totally in his stride. No spooking, just a little look around then on to business!

The bronze test didn’t go as well as last time, he was a little more tense than usual. We scored a respectable 65.3% though so pleased with that!

The silver test, our first attempt at it, he was much more supple but my accuracy let me down! I really need to get familiar with 8m circles!

Overall a good day, chalking up another outing to another new venue and a good experience overall.

With our rosettes back home (and bad hat hair!!)
Relief after surviving our first test!
Recapping the 2nd Test!
Warming up
Handsome boy!

Para Equestrian British Dressage Grade 2 Test 10 Bury Farm 6 August 2019

We did it! 69.12% on our first para trip out doing the Intro Test 21! So chuffed. And a super team supporting me – Evie being super groom & plaiting, Sacha Hamilton working us in and keeping us sane!, Auntie Kathy  my moral support and cheerleader (like the old days at pony club!!) and Lenny Rowe our horsey chauffeur. Been nipped by the bug now.

Classification

I attended Hartpury College on 14th July 2019 for a classification appointment. I was nervous about what it would involve. Two lovely physios met with me and we discussed my condition. Straight away they put me at ease. 
The examination was difficult. Fatigue of both the muscles and mentally sets in quickly with my Multiple Sclerosis so repetitive movements and trying to do them faster was hard work! The examination also highlights the weakness and limitations of the body which can be frustrating.
Within a week of my appointment I received a letter from the BEF with my grade. I was a little shocked at the grade but I’m ready to get stuck into competing!