Sunday, 19 October 2014

SWPC Spring Carnival - Toffee goes Show Jumpin'

This weekend we took Toffee to her second SJ competition where she did the 80cm & the 90cm classes. She performed a good clear in the 80cm and just the one (rather spectacular!) rail in the 90cm. We are very proud of her. She was rather overwhelmed at her last outing (her first horse trial, CNC80cm) and is quite a sensitive wee mare who can find some things quite spooky (like people on banks/judges vans/photographers 'hiding' around corners etc.) so this is fantastic mileage for her. The jumps are never an issue for Toffee, she just has to learn to get her head around the myriad of other distractions but she was hugely improved this outing so with more time and exposure, she definitely finds things easier to process. 

In other news, Ata (Winiata - Wynyard Nightowl x TF Life O'Reilly) had a great day at the Horowhenua PC ODE today, placing 3rd in the NZPCA80 class. First after dressage and SJ but a few time faults over the XC saw them slip back to 3rd. A pretty awesome effort for not quite 5 year old after, especially as it comes hot on the heels of his placing and great percentages at Central Districts Dressage Champs last weekend in the Registered Level 2 classes. What a star!

Below is video and some photos of Toffee's Show Jumping rounds yesterday:

Screen shot off video
 Another video still
and my photos:

I think now Toffee will have a few weeks of quiet hacking before the Sports Days start up and we'll take her along to a few of those where she might even get to play in the dolly classes, hehehe!