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Pippa's October Blog: Tilly Goes, Phyllis Arrives!

This month has been a rollercoaster, going from high to low to high again! 

At the start of the month, we went to Wittering for a showjumping competition, taking part in the 80cm and 90cm classes. In true Tilly fashion, we went double clear in both classes with quick times winning us a red 1st rosette in each class.

Just the weekend after, we trekked down to Elmwood Equestrian for a One Day Event Championships which I qualified for at Swalcliffe last month! Despite the pouring rain, we somehow managed to get a 36.3 dressage (which is brilliant for us!) and a clear round showjumping. Unfortunately on the cross country course I didn’t make the third part of a triple on a curving line. I just got my line wrong and was a bit too fast (my fault!). 

The following day after breaking up for half term, we travelled to Keysoe, which is just down the road for us, for the NSEA Championships in the 85cm showjumping in a team and an individual 75cm Jumping with Style in Arena Eventing. In the showjumping, we went clear but unfortunately I was the only one in the team that did so we didn’t qualify for the jump off. In the Jumping with Style, I got four faults but still pleased considering it was a championship course which was very technical and challenging. In the 85cm class, which was my last competition on Tilly, I was so focussed on trying to do our final round well that I forgot my course so incurred a lot of time faults. Disappointing to say the least but Tilly was a superstar.

The following day was very emotional because Tilly went to her new home. Although very sad for us she has a lovely new home with an eight year old girl called Evie who wants to work up the levels.

Later on that day, my new pony, Phyllis arrived. It was late so only time for a quick ride in the arena. A great start though - her owner put the jump up to 95cm!

The next day, we travelled to Sissons Equestrian Centre for a pony club rally. She was incredibly fizzy and fast and very excited to be on her first outing with me. I have a lot to work to do but we definitely needed a change of bit as the loose ring snaffle definitely wasn’t cutting it.

A couple days later, we went to Little Downham, near Ely for Cross Country Training. With the bit changed to a pelham, Phyllis was much easier to control and jumped every fence without fault. It was a lot of fun and interesting to see how bold she was cross country. 

The following Saturday, we took part in the Burghley Pony Club Tetrathlon. The cross country phase in the famous Burghley park was first. I was extremely nervous as in the warm up, Phyllis was really strong. For those who don’t know, there’s nothing worse than feeling you can’t stop your pony. But after the first few fences we were flying and she only needed a tweak of the reins to slow down. I was so happy with my clear round and I can’t wait for our next event together. The shooting, swimming and running phases were the next day. I started with a good shoot of 840 out of 1000 and a quick run. After a quick stop at McDonalds (hehe!) I completed my swim which was also good enough to put me in 1st place in the Tetrathlon! I was especially happy with my cross country as it was my first one on Phyllis and we went clear! 

Hopefully as Phyllis and I compete more, we will move on to bigger things but I was very happy with our results at cross country and training. Good luck to everyone with upcoming events.

Until next time,

Pippa x

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