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Bonnie Fishburn - 2015 Spring/Summer

So far this season has been busy and full of adventures for me and the team. My first event in April was supposed to be Llanymynech, but that was unfortunately lost to the rain, so we headed out for some dressage instead. Frankie went on his own after last times performance when he went out with all the others!!!!! Much improved in the Novice at Reaseheath for a 76.78% and 3rd place (last time he was so naughty cause his friends were on the lorry and he got a 60% and was beaten by his sister by a huge 11%!!!!!) Crosbie, Percy and Florence went the following day to Tushingham and Crosbie had 68% in the Prelim for 3rd, Percy 71.6% for 5th in the Novice and Florence 74.3% also in the Novice for 2nd, not bad considering it was 40mph winds!!!!

My next event was with Crosbie, we headed to Sapey for his first BE90. His dressage was much improved but in quite a harsh marked section he got a 39.8, so on paper it doesn’t look much better. The issue I’m having is him finding his balance on grass, on an arena he is much better but that is typical of babies. But he then went on to jump a fantastic double clear which put him up in 10th place. Delighted with his performance in his second ever event.

Lovely photo taken by Ciara Doone-Rush Photography.

A few days later we were off to Llanymynech for the BRC FOTH qualifiers. Crosbie jumped another fantastic double clear although we were a little bit quick xc in the 90, it’s hard to judge because you get faults for too fast and too slow,6.8 too fast wasn’t too bad and we were actually about 8th out of 64. Percy was loving his outing also putting in a lovely double clear in the 100 and was only 0.8 too quick for 4th place. Then Florence jumped super sj and was flying xc until we had a naughty stop at the second last fence, which cost our team the win and qualification. We ended up 2nd in the team competition. Had they chose Percy for the team instead we would have won….hind sight is a fabulous thing!!!!

The following week Crosbie headed to Kelsall Hill for his second BE90, massive improvement in the dressage for a 28.3 and jumped a beautiful double clear for 6th place. Couldn’t be happier with him, he has been a little star in his last few outings. I also went back to Kelsall Hill on the Sunday with Florence. Percy was supposed to be on board but he was slightly unlevel so I left him at home. Florence did me proud though in the BE100 Open with a 26 dressage and double clear for 4th place, such a little star.

The following week Crosbie and I went on a little adventure down to Izzy Taylors for a bit of a lesson. That was a nice experience. Izzy also had a little ride on him, it was great to see him go as I’ve never seen anyone else on him, he looked fab. On the way home we did make a little detour to pick up three new members for the Bonnie Fishburn Eventing Team. They are all young horses for me to bring on and see what we can do with them. So I add Roxy, Ginger and Louis to my team.

I didn’t have a great start to May, after a bit of an unexpected meeting with a rather solid road and some very painful ribs, but lots of painkillers kept me going as I had Broadway Horse Trials on the Saturday, only 3 days later where I took 3 horses for the BE100. I had planned to run Crosbie in the BE90 but the entries for that had closed so I entered him in the BE100 along with Percy and Florence in the Open BE100. I had hoped a space for Crosbie to move into the BE90 might become available but no such luck so we had to do the BE100 for his 4th ever event. But it couldn’t have gone much better for a 30.5 and double clear for 8th place, then Percy had 32 and double clear for 3rd and Florence had 33 and double clear for 2nd. A pretty awesome day despite the broken ribs.