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Bonnie Fishburn - 2016 Autumn

Our first outing of October was with Elfie, who had his first outing after a quiet 6 weeks. We were competing in the 80cm ODE at Valley View Equestrian. The weather was pretty horrendous and the ground was wet and starting to cut up because of it. But Elfie rose to the occasion pulling a 27.04 out of the bag, followed by a fabulous clear SJ. But a little loss of steering at fence 3 cost us the win!! He was awesome round the rest of the track. He behaved impeccably all day, took it all in his stride and showed plenty of promise. Not bad for a 4 year old, barefoot baby competing on the grass for his 4th time and in wet conditions.

Then my final event of the 2016 season was with Percy. We headed to Weston Park and had a very annoying final run. He was ace dressage apart from one break in medium trot for 31.5, jumped his socks of SJ but got stuck in the mud at fence 5 and had it down, despite his best efforts not to. Then XC we were second last to go and the sun was seriously low, there was a lot of talk in the warm up about it. Just so blinding, bright and creating nasty shadows. I half thought do I risk it but it had lost a bit of brightness when it got to me. He was absolutely flying until we got to the log drop into water in the wood and he just couldn't make it out. It’s always jumped well for me before on other horses but it was just so dark and he couldn’t work it out!!! He is usually so bold and confident with drops and water, we had two attempts then took the long route. I almost pulled up but decided to carry on to jump the next two waters and he was a star. Gutted as it was our last run of the season and he didn't deserve to end like that. If he'd have had his usual fast clear he could have easily been in the money and in the top 5. At least he finished well and jumped the second drop into water well. We weren't on our own, in fact there were only 11 clears in the section out of 36. We've had some fabulous runs and results this season but this wasn't our day.