Great Run for Sara Squires
Here Black Country Saddles sponsored event rider Sara Squires keeps us up to date with her latest competition form.
In the middle of August we travelled to Hartpury for the Burghley Young Event Horse class which was a first outing for one of my young horses LB.
Imported from Germany, LB is just a five-year-old but I think a great deal about her already.
She arrived in England recently meaning it was asking a lot to take her to an event so quickly but she has a brilliant temperament and I decided to give it a go.
LB behaved impeccably to come tenth in the five-year-old class. Another of the youngsters, Victor also went for a party to Hartpury and was very good in the four-year-old class just missing out on a top 10 placing.
The Burghley Young Event Horse classes are still so popular and really give young horses a great opportunity to compete at major events while they are learning and developing their skills for the future.
Following on from Hartpury we travelled to Aston Le Walls in Northamptonshire where we took four horses for the unaffiliated one-day-event. This was the first event for the two four-year-olds Lincoln and Victor, and we also had LB on the horsebox for a run while Billy Jean headed for the BE 100 section.
I was delighted with how well all the horses performed throughout what proved a very busy event. Billy came third, Lincoln finished tenth and LB jumped a lovely double clear. Victor was still a bit green on the cross-country and had a glance off at one of the fences but was good otherwise and I was very pleased with the results overall.
Our busy few days continued on the Tuesday when we set off to West Wilts BE event. LB was entered for the five-year-old class and completed a nice dressage test for 27 penalties to get us off to a good start.
In the show jumping he went a bit green and had a couple of rails down so we didn’t run on the cross-country. Billy Jean again performed a good dressage test getting a score of 27.8 before going clear in the show jumping and on the cross-country to take a much welcome second place in the Novice section.
It was back to West Wilts the following day for the four-year-old class where Lincoln posted a 23.3 dressage score and jumped double clear to qualify for the four-year-old championships at Osberton. That was certainly one box ticked and I am so pleased with his results and progress.
Victor also completed a good test for 24.3 penalties and then had an unlucky four faults in the show jumping and a green stop on the cross-country. It just wasn’t his day but there is plenty more to come and we have no need to rush any of the youngsters as they make their way up the competition scales.
Thanks to my sponsor Black Country Saddles for their fabulous support. Riding in the saddles is just fantastic with the fit and performance key to my success.