December 17, 2007

Horowhenua ODT

Sunday we were out eventing again. Had a good day with Silvi coming 3rd in the Training, and Neo 7th in the PreTraining.

Silvi's lost a shoe and had it replaced just before the dressage. She did a nice test:

As usual:

Neo's dressage was much better than his first outing. He was much more balanced in the arena:

He was still a little distracted at times, but that's all coming right:

Silvi had a clear showjumping round - a few missed distances thanks to the rider, but she got me out of those tight spots with a bit of fancy footwork (only managed to get 1 pic of her SJ though - still, it's a cute one though):

Neo took 3 rails in the SJ. It was a disappointment after a clear SJ last weekend, but it also showed me that he still needs more work on his balance at home. With all of the atmosphere and distractions at a show he needs to trot into the fences right now, and the canter will come later. We were clear over everything we trotted or did a very balanced canter into - but when we got a bit untidy was when the rails came down:

Silvi did an awesome XC. Bloody spooked at a roll of plastic by a jump, but other than that it was all perfect - cantered through the water, jumped the corner - gave everything a fair bit of air:

And the last fence:

Neo did a stunning clear XC - he did the corner and hopped happily through the water too. I was absolutely stoked! Warmup jump & fence 1:

Fence 2 and a ramp:

And the last fence on Neo:

So all-up it was a good day out! Then also heard that Spice's new owner took home a ribbon in every class over in Masterton. Brilliant.