Team Keen had a good weekend overall at Pontispool 👍
Quintessential did a really lovely test in the Novice and probably one of her best to date. However, this didn’t seem to get reflected in her mark but she still remained competitive. She was quite feisty in the showjumping which lead her to have an unfortunate pole down. I put her bit up before our cross country round but didn’t realise I then had it basically like a snaffle! However, it made a really big difference and I had a lovely round on her. I kept it steady as the ground was pretty firm so didn’t see any reason to go particularly quickly.
Leaping Lord was running in the Intermediate Novice and did a much better test to get a 30. He was much improved so it is great to see we are going in the right direction. We had an unfortunate round showjumping which could have been due to not liking the surface as having show jump faults is very unlike him with only having one down prior to this in the 2019 season. However, he then went on to have a really nice steady cross country round.
It was then the turn of Total Freedom in the 100. She was a little bit distracted in the dressage again and feel this may be down to her being in season! She had one down showjumping as she got a bit onward. However, she then had an ace cross country round and got into a really nice rhythm.
The following day I went back with Willows Saviour for his first event after having a change in career from being a very successful racehorse. We were parked next to the cross country and the loud speaker which lead him to believe we were going racing! He seemed very confused by the change in day which lead him to be very tense in the dressage. He had a few down in the showjumping but he tried really hard for me! We then went onto have a really nice cross country round which is very promising!
My apprentice Katie did a much improved test from her first event at Moreton and jumped a double clear. She is now starting to get the buzz for it and really enjoyed her day!