After leaving at 6.30am with Vogue, Catapult and Heathrow we arrived at Bury Farm 9.15am. Just in time for the first class to start at 9.30am for Heathrow.
Heathrow was in the first class of the day which was a Foxhunter they were running it as an A7 (which means the jump off is separate). I'd never jumped Jet at Bury Farm so I was expecting him to be a bit spooky. But he was the complete opposite and he jumped a very grown up and confident clear round. So now we had to wait for the jump off. As Jet already had his double clears I thought it would be time for me put him against the clock and do some turns on him. He coped very well doing a very tight turn back and jumped a fairly speedy clear and finished up 6th.
Catapult jumped the B&C Blue chip qualifier. He jumped double clear and as fast of a jump of as we could. As most people who have seen him jump will know we spend most the time in the air! He finished up 7th qualifying for the final at Blue Chip.
Vogue jumped the 1.30m as a warm up for the young riders. She jumped well, a bit fresh and fighting but settled down towards the end. But unfortunately had a rub at the planks and finished up on 4 faults.
Heathrow jumped the Winter Novice qualifier today and he was the first to jump clear. IT was a tricky and long course which suited him perfectly. We waited 2 hours for the jump off and then I was the first in and first to go. We produced another clear in the jump off putting the pressure on for others to follow. We finished up 8th out of 100 odd competitors.
Vogue jumped the U23 World Class Young Riders tonight. This is what we have been working towards since I bought her. The tricky track stood at 1.50m high, with a triple bar that was 1.90m wide! Vogue jumped all the tricky bits really well. There was a dog leg that was short and needed to be ridden on the outside line. Vogue drifted away from the gate which was where the jump before was resulting in us having to ride the inside line. This made what was a short dog leg VERY short! Ended up having the back bar of that oxer. Vogue ate up the rest of the course but tipped the last also, more rider error than anything else resulting in 8 faults. This was the first out of 6 qualifiers for Olympia. Onwards and upwards!