Ambassador Update - Ellie Maris
March marks the beginning of the season! Clover and I were entered into Moreton, and Tweseldown for the BE100 in the first two weekends. Despite being a tad late on arrival at Moreton (blame the satnav!), we managed a great dressage of 31.5. The mud did make for an interesting "mud-rink" but nevertheless, a good score with lots more to come. We then had a good showjumping round, just one pole at the last combination which was completely rider error- doh! We headed out to the xc, to be told we would be last to go. After a lot of waiting, we were called to the start box. With the adrenaline pumping, it was such a good feeling to be hearing those familar words: "You have 10 seconds to go.... 5...4...3..2..1 GO!" And off we headed! It was a lovely flowing course that was perfect for the first run of the season. For this reason, I took my time and set up for each fence, but we made it back clear with some time faults. Straight back to the lorry to get Clover sorted, and I straight into my Dublin Annabelle jacket- it was freezing!! We went home with a big smile on our faces- so much fun!
We were then off to Tweseldown Horse trials. This venue has changed significantly over the last few years and it is now top class. So much so that it attracts the best riders in the world and the warm up was virtually all professional riders. Unfortunately, Clover wasn't feeling herself in the warm up and this carried on into our test and left us with a disappointing score. Oh well- chin up and on to the next part! Clover produced a class clear round in the showjumping and then a foot perfect xc round ( the course had been designed by Eric Winter- the new Badminton course designer). This was enough to give us 10th place! First placing of the season... onwards and upwards from here. Think it was maybe our Dublin spotty lucky socks that did the trick??
We are at 3 events in April- South of England, Hambelden and Chilham Castle. Very exciting!