Tweseldown, May 2018

Now for his first run at BE 100 level!  A decent dressage test at this higher level, a single pole down in the show jumping, and then on to a beautiful but definitely up-to-height x-country with all sorts of questions which he hadn’t met before. He completely nailed it!  He absolutely stormed round, clearly relishing the challenge of bigger and more technical fences.  (He would almost certainly have been within the time if Cath had not lost her way between fences 2 and 3 which meant she had to pull him up and retrace her steps to get back on the right course – there were four different courses that day, so stringing all over the place!)

Chilham, April 2018

A week later, off to Chilham where he produced a very similar dressage test to the week before, but to our dismay was given a mark of 44.8. However, the marking in his section was definitely out-of-line with the marking in the other BE 90 sections, so we just had to put our disappointment behind us and treat this as a ‘rogue’ mark. He rolled a single pole in the show jumping, followed by another super confident x-country round, just three seconds outside the time, so a good day in the end.

Munstead, April 2018

He then returned to Munstead for an unaffiliated event (over the identical BE course). What a difference four weeks makes! The ground had dried out considerably, and he produced a good dressage mark of 30, then a fabulous double-clear, to finish 3rd, only 0.7 penalties behind 1st and 2nd who were on identical overall marks.

Munstead, March 2018

His first outing in 2018 was Munstead BE, on very sticky, holding ground which was challenging after a winter of jumping on surfaces. He produced a lovely dressage test for 29.5, a clear show jumping, then one green glance-off x-country for 20 penalties, so a good solid start to the year.

Eventing as a four-year old

Ron made an excellent start to his eventing career as a four-year old. After a few green ‘wobbles’ in his very first competitive x-country round, he then came out three times more, coming 10th at Borde Hill unaffiliated with our daughter, Katy Wise, looking incredibly enthusiastic and bold x-country; he then went onto West Wilts with Cath Fowdrey for his first 4 year old section, finishing on his dressage score with another confident x-country round; and rounded off his first season with an 8th place at Burnham Beeches unaffiliated, again storming round the most challenging, and long, x-country course tackled so far.

Show jumping

Show jumping: Ron had a terrific winter show jumping at BS affiliated shows. He has a 100% record in British Novice classes, having jumped seven double-clears from seven outings, so qualifying nearly twice over for the second round classes! He had also jumped three Discovery double-clears before the eventing season started, when the show jumping went on hold for a while.

In January he went for his first ‘sleepover’ show at Addington Manor, coping fantastically well in strange surroundings, and over the three day show he jumped in five classes, achieving double-clears in four of them, with a single pole in the fifth class, picking up a 3rd, 4th and 7th placings along the way.

He currently has £96 on his card from relatively few outings, so he is looking strong in this phase for the future.