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2012 Spring/Summer - Bonnie Fishburn

A Soggy Start to the Summer

Well I can safely say that this has been one of the most depressing seasons for eventing. Due to the soggy weather events have been dropping like flies. It’s so frustrating because it’s hard to plan where to go next if your event is cancelled. But I will tell you about the events that I have managed to get to.

Frankie headed to Weston Park in April for the Intermediate. He was a good boy from start to finish. We had 35.9 dressage, 8 faults Showjumping, which I was pleased with because he had jumped his little heart out over a huge track that was causing no end of trouble. Then cross country he sailed round with just 11.6 time penalties. I was thrilled with his performance for 12th place.

It seemed ages then before I got another run because of all the rain, but at the beginning of June we finally got to Brand Hall International for the CIC*. I was once again over the moon with his performance but unfortunately the dressage judge hated us and despite a really good double clear he was only placed 18th out of 55 competitors, quite disappointed although I was happy with Frankie.

Two weeks later we went to Catton Park for the Intermediate. His dressage was much improved for 32.7, we had an unlucky SJ fence down and were then clear XC but picked up 18.4 time penalties. Unfortunately with the ground being so wet I didn’t feel I could go any quicker on such a hilly course. The main thing was that we went clear.

Next was a trip to Solihull Riding Club, which isn’t his favourite venue. It was the qualifier for the Riding Club Horse Trials Championships. Unfortunately he finished 4th on a 37.8 which was one place off qualifying. How annoying!!!! Never mind we’ll just have to crack on with the BE Intermediate classes.

Florence has been a little star all season so far, let’s hope she carries on. At the beginning of April we went to Hartpury College for the British Riding Clubs Winter Novice Show Jumping Championships. Riding for Shropshire South we finished 3rd as a team which was a great achievement.

Then only 4 days later we went to Sapey for the BE100.  She finished on her dressage score of 36.5 for 6th place. She was awesome XC, which I thought was going to be quite big for her.