Monday, 7 November 2016

It was a real shock...

 Affinity Bay has qualified for the  Nationals in April next year in the Petplan Inter I championships!

Finn won the Inter I finals at Houghton Hall after completing only his third ever Inter I test. The test showed a lot of power and promise.  We were thrilled to take top position. In the recent months Finn's performance has increased thanks to his new Blue Chip Calm feed balancer. We increase the portion in lead up to the event and I have found a real difference in his general attitude at away shows, he is more relaxed and easier to handle. Thanks Blue Chip- Its definitely  making a difference!

We had two horses competing at Vale View High Profile Show. I had been there once before for BEF Excel Talent Programme training but I had never competed there.
The show was efficient and very well run ...  One thing Vale View couldn't control was the howling wind... which was a real wake up call when doing early arena walks!! 
The horses were a little unsettled at the start of their night away thanks to high winds and noisy generators...a Munch Block from Equilibrium Products Quickly settled them down and gave then something to do.
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Day one Merri warmed up beautifully but unfortunately got very tense in the arena... so day two we made sure we did the arena walk and she felt a lot happier about the spooky arena.
Her test was fluent, harmonious and expressive. The half passes in trot were real highlights for me and we scored 67% to finished 7th.

Finn also produced a blip free test and finished 6th- clever horses!

With Autumn in full swing and Winter drawing in we have the perfect opportunity to increase training as the competition season gets quieter.

This month I have been lucky enough to train with Stephen Clarke, Judy Harvey, Ian Woodhead and started to train in hand work with Diane Thurman Baker.

It hasn't all been training though...

At the end of October I was invited to the British Show Jumping Awards Ball with Blue Chip Feed- We had a great evening and got to brush shoulders with the BS stars and Olympians... I even got a #SKELFIE (a selfie with Nick Skelton). 
Some things just have to be done....

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