Fun day today, got up at stupid o' clock to get to Beaumont by 8.30 as we were first on the PTV course at 9.30. For once it started on time, Ali nearly missed her turn having been sent back to the stables as she'd forgotton to put her horse's boots on
G and I were first on the
course, it was all going swimmingly until we got to the log that we had to go
over in hand. I jump over it, land in the ditch on the other side that Isabelle
had warned us about yesterday but I'd totally forgotten about, and go arse over
tit and end up flat on my back looking up at a surprised horse still on the
other side of the log.........you gotta laugh
Luckily for me Stewart wasn't there
this time with his video camera but Isabelle reckons she got a
Finished the rest of the course no problems, he even jumped
the two other obstacles with me on board.
Ches did a pretty good job of trashing one of the jumps, but wasn't too bad
Ali had a great round on Karim, one of the school horses
and Caitlin did a lovely job with a very tricky TB.
After that the Maitrise des Allures where you have to canter one way as slowly
as possible on a marked corridor of 150m and walk back as fast as possible the
I am dead chuffed we managed to stay in canter and
actually got some points this time - if you drop out of canter or step out of
the lines it's zero points
He wouldn't stay in walk on the way back though cos he wanted to get back to
Ches so we didn't get anything for that.
Then everyone disappeared for
aperos and lunch before it was time to saddle up again for the POR
(orienteering) bit. The other members of my team weren't exactly queuing up to
do the map bit so it was down to me and we set off in a nice bit of sunshine.
Which quickly turned to rain. At one of the checkpoints the guy had an umbrella,
pleased to say our horses were fine with this, unlike some of the other
We asked the chap with the umbrella to take a pic for us, as
you can see, Cait's horse wasn't too keen on the others!
I put Gandalf's booties on for the ride as it's so stony round Beaumont, but it
was like he wasn't wearing them, he still kept to the verges to avoid any stones
and gravel. They stayed on though and after 14km hadn't rubbed him at
After all that we came.......second.
And on individual scores Ali
& Cait got more points than us first time out.......