Finn's October Blog: A Learning Curve!

October started off with an annoying moment where I fell over playing football, which caused me to injure my wrist quite badly. However it healed faster than we had expected and I was able to compete as planned.

So, off we went to Weston Park BE100 Regional Final, where I was very competitive with a 29 dressage and clear showjumping, but feeling a little tentative XC with my wrist I picked up 2.4 time, costing me Badminton Grassroots qualification! 

After this we competed at Broadway BE100 Regional Final, where we had a tense dressage because the XC was running next to it, leaving us with 33.3. Following this we had an annoying rail showjumping, where I just got Jack in too deep. However he stormed around the XC inside the time which was very meaty and hilly, really testing our XC brakes! This was a great way to finish the eventing season and it was a very successful one, although such a shame we missed out on Badminton qualification again, obviously not meant to be!

The following week was NSEA National Championships at Addington Manor, where the JwS (jumping with style) was sponsored by KBIS. The first day was definitely not the day we wanted. In the 90 JwS we had 2 very annoying poles where I was riding very backward. Then in the 1.10 JwS, we had a great round showjumping but maybe a little too positive, so when I tried to step up the pace in the XC phase, it caused us to get long and flat which caused quite a few down! I was gutted because I ruined what was a great showjumping round, but we live and learn!

It then all came together the next day in the 1m JWS where Jack jumped his socks off to go clear and picking up 8th out of a very large section! I was so pleased as the rhythm was much better and we finished on a great note. Having jumped we then did the elementary dressage where there was some good bits, but being very disorganised in the learning, there were a few errors in the more complicated movements. This gave us a solid 62%. The Champs was an amazing experience and I cannot thank everyone who helps run it enough!

It was also lovely to catch up with Katie (the KBIS 14 years and over Bursary winner) and her family, and last year’s bursary winner Josh.

After Champs we have just kept Jack ticking over this past week, and on Saturday morning we went autumn hunting with the Meynell. After our Izzy Taylor lesson on Wednesday Jack will have a month off, giving him time to relax before winter training resumes!

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