Friday, 9 December 2016

The Finals

I was really excited to compete for the first time in the British Dressage Small Tour Championships.
It was a real surprise to qualify as Finn had done two Inter I's to qualify and the semi Finals was his third ever competition at this level!

 The Final Championships was hosted at Houghton Hall Equestrian Centre in Cambridge.
Affinity Bay travelled up on the Saturday with myself driving (eek!). We arrived in time for the midday arena walk before an evening test.

The evening test went well other than a blip in the 3x changes and another in the canter pirouette.
Finn scored 67% which could have easily been 70% if we had one less mistake. The sheets were very high marking for the good movements, however, scoring a '3' is always costly in a double mark movement!

The following day we contested the freestyle. Finn was excellent but the music crackled a few times which resulted in a couple of 'explosions!'.... which again were costly.

Overall I was really pleased with his performance. His general was of going was good and he is starting to get a lot more 8's on his test sheets which bodes well for the future.

Our Final result was 7th place after scoring 70% in the music class.

I would like to say a huge thank you to sponsors Blue Chip Feed, Equilibrium Products, Calm Leisure, Lisa SparrowHawk Performance Coach and Eqco Design- none of this would be possible without you.

And also a massive thank you to Phil for the fab photos.

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