After a mammoth day at Aston le Walls on Wednesday Tim had two days at Tweseldown whilst Jonelle just had Saturday. Friday saw Tim’s novices out for their first run of the season and he would have had his hands full with Chevalian Torpedo (Pistol Pete), Viscount Viktor (Viktor) and Chio 20 as they all have fairly big egos and are, shall we say, pretty confident in their attitudes!
Viktor was the best behaved on the flat with a 28 and a double clear with a few time for 4th spot which was pretty impressive and Chio was just one spot behind in his novice section for 5th with a 35 and another double clear. Pistol Pete also scored a 35 and just added a pole and enjoyed his first cross country spin for a while on Tweseldown’s sandy dry ground.
Saturday was cold again, some 18 degrees difference from the sunshine we enjoyed so much on Wednesday! The horses were pretty bright warming up for the dressage but the footing was great and Jonelle was in danger of seeing it very close up when Faerie Magnifico (George) decided that it was hugely exciting to be back out eventing and was plenty sharp enough in his Open Novice test. He made up for it though with a lovely clear showjumping before finding the cross country much to his liking. Jonelle then had a couple of hours before it was time for Killbunny Andy to make his 2021 debut and he was really on song with a 28 and a steady double clear in his OI section. At least the sun had made an appearance and if you were not up on the hill watching cross country it was almost just above freezing by this point.
Tim had a pretty spread out day and Ascona M (Ava) was his first dressage ride. Having competed slowly at Aston she was not best impressed to find herself back out again and pulled some of her favourite moves in the ring although without the drama of old… it was more of a “Really?” type of strop than anything else. She cheered up considerably once the jumping phases came around and gave her usual spectacular showjumping display with her feet up around her ears and testing Tim’s reactions as she switches moves with alacrity between fences. She had another canter round the cross country and I think all cobwebs have now been well and truly blown away.
Senza scored a 29 which was pretty impressive and she seems to like the double bridle very much she now wears for dressage. Another double clear was fun to watch as she really is a power jumper and loved her outing. Happy Boy had a long old wait by the truck for his turn but eventually got out to dressage in the late afternoon and scored a smart 28.9. He rolled a pole which is unusual for him these days but he is still knocking the winters rust off and pinged around the cross county with his usual verve.
So a pretty good birthday for Tim and for once a bit more local as it usually falls at Burnham Market! The hedges are starting to turn green but we have yet to see many leaves on the trees…it feels like although spring is round the corner we have one more week of winter ahead of us yet.