Tuesday, 13 January 2009
September- All about the Training and COMPETING AGAIN!!!
As I promised to report, September is all about the training. I had a fabulous set of lessons with Ricky MacMillan, where I took all 3 of my horses on the 7th September, and then later this month, Galanthus met the QLD State Dressage Coach, Carlos DeCleermaecker. I find I get so much from these clinics, and thoroughly enjoy my sessions. So much homework to do, but so on track for the end of year comps!
This year, Stuartholme Equestrian Team qualified their largest team ever, to represent the school at the QLD Interschool State Champs. The event was held at Maryborough from Friday 19th Sept, to Tues 23rd. I am so proud of ALL the girls! The team came away with a 3rd in the Show Horse, First Place in the Dressage, and 5th in the Show Jumping! Also, we have 4 girls who were picked for the State Team for the National Interschool Championships to be held next week! I have enclosed a picture of some of the girls below, thats me, second from left.
Now to the weekend just gone, the Sunshine Coast **Dressage Championships held in Nambour (26-28th Sept)... where I FINALLY got to compete again! Scarily, this has been my 3rd official dressage start all year, and my 4th in total for 2008. Needless to say, I was a little apprehensive! But I tell you what, it was great to be back out there strutting our stuff! My gelding, Latin Coda, was an absolute gentleman, gaining a very respectable 68.6% and a 3rd place in the Novice 2.3, and two very respectable 7th places in the Novice 2.4 and Elem 3.4 on Sunday. Very happy with his performances, and as with both boys, room for improvement, and two weeks to put some polish on them before the State Champs!
(Pictured below: Cody in the Elementary 3.4)
Galanthus also did very well indeed! He started the event with the Elem 3.3 for 7th place (my boys seemed to like 7th this weekend!), with a couple of silly rider mistakes. (told you I was nervous!) Then went straight in to the Elementary Freestyle. No nerves here! He won it with an awesome 70.3%! Such a GOOD BOY! Gally backed up the next day to come 5th in his Elem 3.4 class and was awarded the George Birch Memorial Shield for Highest Freestyle Percentage of the competition.
Feed wise, I make a point of boosting Gally's energy levels at a 3 day competition, with Prydes Energy Pak. Added to his normal diet of EasiResponse, I find this keeps him at peak performance throughout the competition. And he loves that little bit extra taste sensation too!
So with a very successful September now over, I am now looking ahead to October- the highlight of this being the QLD State Championships! Lots of training to do in the next 2 weeks to make sure we get it right! Galanthus will be contesting the Elementary classes, including the Freestyle competition, and Latin Coda will be doing the Novice....
Proudly a Prydes Rider!!!!