Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Another good day for Faye and Rocky!

Hello there, and thanks for reading the Shires blog. Guest blogger and Shires sponsored rider Faye Berry has written another installment about her latest horsey outings and successes with Rocky...

Rocky was a star on Sunday afternoon; mum took us up to Hargate Arena in Derbyshire to jump the Sports Horse Classic Blue Riband/Foxhunter class, which was a qualifier for the BSJA Scope Festival. We arrived at the showground at about 2.30pm, thinking we would have time for coffee and some lunch and get jumping. We had more than enough time we didn't jump our first class until 6.40pm as the show was so busy.

Rocky was not easy to warm up to start with, I think she was bored with standing on the lorry and now because she was being asked to work, she didn’t think it was a very good party. There were 40 starters in the Blue Riband, in the ring she was great, jumping clear in the first round along with 8 others, only 6 qualified, and in the jump off she jumped another clear with the fastest time winning the class. The next class we jumped was a 1.25 open class. We were first to go and again Rocky jumped well but I had a shocking stride to the first fence and she had it down. I was pleased with her so I washed her off and put her back on the lorry. On the way out of the showground, I stopped at the ring to see how many people had jumped clear in that class, to find I was being called for a jump off. Only Rocky and the last horse to go in the class and jumped with 4 faults. Mum spoke to the other competitor and they decided we would split the first place, because neither of us wanted to jump off.

Rocky was a star winning two classes and I was so pleased with her. I will let you know how I get on next week at Weston Lawns.

Bye for now Rocky and Faye

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