The latest news from Emily Cariad-Nicol Eventing
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So finally the event season is in full swing for us, although it is already nearly at an end! Over the past few months I have completed my GCSE's, whilst staying extremely busy with the horses.
Simba is now comfortably competing at BE100 level, and has been extremely successful: ending on his dressage score of 26.5 at his first ever BE100 at Tweseldown to place 3rd and subsequently qualifying for the regional finals at Firle in a few weeks. He also placed 3rd at his first 5yo class, just one placing away from qualifying for the Young Event Horse Championships at Osberton.
Lander is now sound (thankfully!) and has been competing at Novice level and above for the past few months. Just after my exams had ended he competed at Keysoe in late June in the Novice. A fantastic dressage score of 26.5 in a very harshly marked section meant that we even had a pole in hand going into the showjumping, which was handy – as he was slightly lazy over one of the fences! He then gave me the most fantastic feeling x country, and was easily inside the time. We led from start to finish, taking our first ever affiliated win! I was extremely pleased with our performance, and hopefully this win wil be the first of many more to come!
Just last weekend both horses competed at Chilham Castle in the international horse trials, this was my first ever time competing two horses in separate classes on the same day, and it was definitely hard work! Lander competed in the CIC*: we gained a good dressage score of 48.6 on the Saturday to put us just outside the top 10 overnight. We then returned on the Sunday with both horses to complete the CIC*, and for Simba to compete in the 5yo class. However, we took one horse in the trailer whilst the other travelled in the lorry! For anyone who know my two horses, they'll know that they are the best of friends; and although we have taken them both out in the lorry together many times without an issue, I did not want the added pressure of knowing that one of them may not have performed to their full potential because they knew that their brother was only 100m away - so we had to hide them from each other all day, just in case! Lander proceeded to have 4 faults in the showjumping (over the first fence as the jockey didn't get enough canter!), and then a fantastic clear x country over a technical course with just a few time penalties, eventually ending in 11th place!
Simba then gained a 31.3 dressage, and as all of the horses were within 3 penalties of one another all was to play for in the jumping phases. He then cruised around the show jumping and the x country effortlessly, ending on his dressage score to come 6th place. So overall we had a very good weekend!
Recently we have been taking the horses to an aqua treadmill for fitness work, as the ground has been far too hard for fast work, and we wanted to see if the treadmill could improve their overall way of going, and it certainly has! After only one session both horses' walks had so much more purpose, and they're both gaining plenty of muscle at the same time – which is always nice to see.
We now only have 3 events left in this season, and then both horses will be going on a holiday to have some down time and relax, Simba will have 3 months off whilst Lander is having 7 weeks off. Hopefully both of them will come back into work raring to go!
The fields are also looking in fantastic condition! Although there has not been much rain, they are still very green; and, as well as being grazed on by the horses, we are having to mow them every month due to the grass growth! I love the summer for the simple reason that everything is so green, and that there are no muddy gateways!
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August 4, 2017 | Share: