Ascot Under Wychwood

Ascot Under Wychwood

Photo credit, Kerryn Edmans.  The “grown ups” go galloping at beautiful Manton while the babies go to Ascot U Wychwood today.

Of course today, which should have been Burghley Saturday, dawned with perfect cross country weather.  Sunshine but not hot, a cool breeze, no rain….sigh.

Instead we found ourselves on the top of a hill looking out over miles of the Cotswolds at an event we don’t normally go to. It’s a lovely event to be fair, a decent and testing cross country and a fantastic view.  Not sure I would want to be on top of that hill in January!

In an unusual turn around Jonelle had picked up a catch ride whilst Tim just had Efeba (Kanga) which made a nice change for him! Kanga scored a 30 on the flat and then jumped a round of showjumping in three bits…started off great, jumped 2 bad fences in the middle and then ended up great so definitely an improvement!

Kanga has always loved the cross country and she had a lovely round picking up just 6 time.  Jonelle and FaerieFifty Shades of Jarsay (Frenchie)  had smashed out a 23 on the flat, executed a very grown up clear over the poles and added 10 time on cross country to a smart round of jumping.

Jonelle was also piloting Sammi Birch’s MGH Capa Vilou (Pattie) as Sammi had a crashing fall at Wellington when her novice ride fell and rolled all over her. She has a fractured scapula which she claims is “much better already” then she nearly passed out when her 2kg dog jerked the lead which she was holding in said injured arm.  Pattie obliged with a 27 dressage, just the last fence in the showjumping and a clear cross country which has earnt her the the honour of Jonelle riding her at Dauntsey and Moreton Morrell.

Tim enjoyed watching Jonelle catch ride and they were all finished up by 12.15, a spot of rejigging the eventing calendar for Draft 357 for 2020 and they were off to spend the rest of the weekend “Glamping” in the cross country field with Otis and Abel.  As Jonelle says, a rare Sunday off and it really does feel like the end of the summer…