- 5th July 2016 by Rowen Barbary
How time flies - Charlotte Clewlow
Not quite sure how we are 6 months into the year – how time flies!
June felt like it must of been a record month for long days with early morning's and a few 4am alarm calls. We have on occasion left the house in the dark and returned in the dark – these are the times when I realise it’s a good job that I love what I do!!
I had the pleasure of carrying Willberry Wonder Pony around Brand Hall on Basil, sponsored by my Mum, Grandma and owners in memory of Lyndsay’s (Basil’s owner) Dad
Mollie and Lady also had their debut BE at Brand Hall where they both did a nice dressage test and flew round the cross country, just having a couple of poles in the showjumping. Lottie and I have the dressage and show jumping sorted but still have a slight communication problem cross country whilst Paddy was as brilliant as ever and came 2nd on his dressage score of 25.8.
Berriewood Horse Trials saw Lottie do a lovely dressage test for 24 and then jump a brilliant double clear to take 3rd place, she also got the extra Rowen Barbary rosette for the double clear! Mollie at her 2nd event took 9th place even with 2 poles down show jumping as the cross country course proved to be very influential but she flew round it inside the time.
I took babies Katie and Aria to Bolesworth for the BYEH, Katie took everything in her stride (as usual) and produced a lovely dressage test and an easy clear round! Aria did a beautiful dressage test but unfortunately, she slid over in the warm-up and was a bit unsure about the jumping as she didn't trust the slippy ground but a good learning curve for her. I'm very excited about the future of both these super chestnut mares.I also took the opportunity to jump Harry who was on the lorry to keep Aria company around his first 1.20 course, he breezed round making it feel easy.
I went back to Bolesworth on the Friday evening to watch the Puissance and had a lovely evening with a number of team CJC owners and supporters, lots of champagne and prosecco consumed with great company.
The Riding Club Area Horse Trials was a long day with my first dressage test at 8.12am and my last cross country ride at 5.41pm!!
It was eventful with all 5 horses doing nice dressage tests, a few poles rolled in the showjumping and a fall off the first horse I rode cross country - Crunchie decided half way over number four that it was the worst thing she had ever seen and changed her mind about jumping...meaning I jumped it without her!! Fortunately, we were okay and completed the round, I was also able to complete on the other 4 horses too. All the horses had good educational rounds and those that were HC (because I as a rider had to be HC) would have been placed.
Joey has finally managed to come off box rest and he seems happy to be out, it’s just fingers crossed now that his leg stands up to being turned out and eventually he will be able to come back into work -if he manages to keep out of trouble!!