April 21, 2008

Zilco Tri-Series

Sunday was Waikanae ODE, and the final of the Eventing Wellington Tri-Series. Had a very respectable dressage start time at around 11am! (still not much of a sleep-in, as I wanted a good park! Waikanae is horrid for parking). Ruby did a nice calm dressage test that I was very pleased with! A few untidy parts, but she is improving every time out, and we're stoked about that.
Up the centre line & showing a few lengthened strides (just! haha):
Showjumping was running late, I think we warmed up 3 times before we actually got in the ring - so Ruby was getting a bit sick of me by then. But she just pinged around everything - a wee ball of energy actually.
XC was not a particularly technical course like some of them have been this season, but still a number of different fences that she hadn't seen before (trakhener, palisade, creek crossing etc). We were tearing around, Ruby bounding straight through everything (no time faults for us this time thanks!). Unfortunately we clipped the 2nd to last fence coming at it all wrong, but we continued on and I was just so pleased with how honest and forward she had been the whole way around. A lot of horses took exception to some of the fences on course and Ruby was just the old pro (even after I accidentally hooked her in the face coming out of the water). We stayed around for what felt like forever (3 hours after finishing riding!) for the prizegiving and Ruby got a sash for 3rd place in the Training Tri-series, yay Ruby!!
Next weekend she's got a couple of dressage tests, and then a rest after a busy season.