Posted on 8th April 2019 by Kate Rocher-Smith
A trio of riders and Novice horses headed to Weston Park with Sue as chief of affairs for the day. Craig was piloting Dassett Code (pictured), Amelia was on board Boleybawn Dassett Cruise (their jumping round is attached to this blog) and my sister, Alice, on her own Dassett Supreme.
Dassett Code did another improved test for 35. This horse’s way of going is so good at home, it just needs transferring to the arena. Despite jumping a good round, two rails fell which left us a bit disappointed at the time. However, we soon realised that was actually a very good result given how the track was riding! The ground was incredibly deep and holding, and combined with a technical and fast paced round, poles were falling all over the place – 8 faults was by no means a disgrace! The time on the cross country was pretty tight, but Craig and Dassett Code had a speedy round with just 7 time faults, leaving them in 8th spot at the end of play.
Boleybawn Dassett Cruise was determined not to be outshone by his stable mate, and put in a great performance in all three phases for 9th place. Despite loosing a shoe actually in his dressage test, he did a lovely test for a competitive mark of 32. Amelia rode a cracking round over the coloured poles and the pair jumped one of very few clears – he did not seem at all deterred by the mud! They had a lovely, confident cross country round with just a handful of time penalties. We were thrilled with this horse’s day.
Alice and Dassett Supreme had a few too many errors in the dressage, which is unusual for this combination, and they ended up off the mark after the first phase on 37. One unlucky rail fell, but Alice rode a brilliant cross country round around what was a substantial track with plenty of tough combinations as well as big portables. They finished mid field in their section.
My mum, Ella and I had a lovely morning supporting the crew in the Weston Park sunshine, before heading to Hartpury College to support our dressage trainer, Lizzie Murray, in the National Winter Dressage Championships. As the photos attached to this blog show, Ella loved the shopping and took the schedule very seriously! But as for the main attraction, Lizzie finished a very impressive 10th place in the Advanced Medium Gold Championships on a very exciting mare, Ulyssa. Well done Lizzie!!