Well it has been an exciting few months, I sold my beloved Barney who I had for 5 years. It was a hard decision but he has gone to a lovely new home where he will be spoilt rotten. Soon afterwards I bought a new youngster, which wasn't intended quite as soon but it just happened! Her name is Kerching and I have started to break her in and she is progressing really well. Treasure and Jacqs are busy in training preparing for the event season. I have been having lots of dressage and show jumping lessons on them and they both feeling rather well! They have started fittening work and so its all systems go with them as well as having all their pre mot event season checks, teeth, physio and saddles all been checked. Another part of exciting news is that Treasure and I have been invited to a training and selection day for the 2* squad which will take place during April, really looking forward to it, hopefully Treasure will be on best behaviour! I think that is all the news for now. Will post again soon, Charlotte x
ps. I am potentially looking for a young rider (U16) to ride and compete my pony stallion, Herbie. If anyone is interested or knows anyone please email me.
May also be looking for someone to help me on the yard part time too so again please email me if you are interested or know anyone who may be interested, thank you.
Well the weather seems to have turned and it feels like winter is on its way but that hasn't stopped any training, just a lot of soggy clothes! over the past month Treasure and Jacqs have had some time off which meant I have been concentrating on Herbie, my homebred 5 year old pony stallion. He wasn't broken in very long ago as I struggled with finding the time during the eventing season however is now in full work and going brilliantly, he has started to jump and is already jumping 2'9" and spooky fillers. He has also been out hacking and thoroughly enjoys that, I have a feeling when we start canter hacks the brakes are going to go out the window! I have also been concentrating on Barney who is going out to dressage shows for the next two weekends and is up for sale. I have some exciting news... I have applied for the 2015 European CIC** championships with Treasure! The selecting process starts in the spring so its a bit of a wait but will keep you posted. Treasure and Jacqs are now back in work after their break so its all systems go on the yard now!
Well we have reached the end of the event season now. At the last few events of the season Treasure went brilliantly around the Intermediate at little downham, she did what I thought a lovely dressage but the judge didn't agree! She then had a couple of poles showjumping then gave me a fantastic clear XC ride with a few time faults. It was a tough track so was really pleased with her. At Jacqs last event at Pulborough she did a 38 dressage, she is definitely starting to settle in this phase and started off with consistant 7's but did a few flying changes in the first canter which she wasn't supposed to do so that brought her mark down. she then did a lovely confident clear showjumping round. on to xc and she was flying round. I actually had to hold her back! however she needs to listen to her rider as she had a cheeky stop at a skinny on a turn around a tree which she didn't see so it took by surprise but other than that she was brilliant. Winter plan is to give both event horses a month off then they will come back into work and will both have lots of dressage and show jumping training. I will also concentrate on lots of xc style fences and combination with Jacqs especially skinnies to get her listening more. Barney is competing at dressage and has been winning his classes so he will compete a bit more and then go up for sale. We had some brilliant news about Roxy so I can confirm she is in foal and should be due next July! Exciting times!
Sorry I have been a bit slow updating the news, have been rather busy. There have been quite a few events since my last post. Treasure went to Brightling CIC* where she did a lovely dressage and SJ and then stormed around the XC clear, she felt great. We then went to Aston le Walls Intermediate where she did a good dressage and SJ with an unlucky pole and went great XC but we lost distance between two uphill hanging logs and she couldn't get the stride which ended with us parting company but we carried on and finished brilliantly. It all good experience for us both. It was then off to Gatcombe for the novice championships where she did a nice test but was marked harshly and then her naughty streak took control in the SJ where she got half way round started rearing and backed out the arena and there was nothing I could do :( I think she got so overwhelmed by the whole experience. Treasure then had a little break and we had some dressage and showjumping training. I then took her to Felbridge BS where she did two super double clears, really pleased with her. She then went to Wellington Intermediate where she went brilliantly XC but had a green moment in the water where she lost impulsion to the big chest in the water but I was very pleased with her. Finally she went to Firle open novice at the end of September which was supposed to be an easy event for her but she decided to nap half way round XC, she got penalised but she shouldn't have done as we never actually presented at the fence. Jacqs, my 5 year old has also started going out and she has been amazing. She came 3rd in her first competition at a combined training. She then went XC schooling twice and then off to chilham hunter trial where she did a lovely clear. It was then her first event at munstead where she did a lovely double clear but dressage she got a little wound up by kids playing in trees! News on other horses, Barney is off to dressage soon and Roxy is Hopefully in foal to Weston Justice, an advanced event stallion. I have broken Herbie in too, he is such a quick learner and is really enjoying himself, he is now popping little fence. To get all the latest videos go to https://www.youtube.com/user/charlottemount and for the latest updates like my facebook page; Charlotte Mount Eventing.
Had a bit of a break at the beginning of May and then it started to get hectic. First off was Tweseldown where Treasure was doing her first Intermediate which was a bit of a disaster to be honest, did a good dressage but deserved a better mark, a few poles showjumping then xc she decided half way round she had enough and napped, reared, backed and spun around, naughty! Tweseldown was on the Monday then on the Sunday it was off to Borde Hill with Kathyrn Burn's Cavaliers Mistress in her first BE90 and went fantastically to do a double clear inside the time but unplaced as dressage is not her fortue! It was a big ask for her as it was big and bold but she rose to the challnege. Now she knows what eventing is all about she is going to carry on her eventing career with her owner, good luck kat! It was then Back to Borde Hill on the Monday with Poor Boy Z and What a Treasure. Poor Boy Z did a lovely 29 dressage test, 1 pole showjumping and annoying stop xc but very pleased with the way he went. What a Treasure did a good dressage and showjumping but was naughty again xc where she decided to nap again but only got penalised on time penalties as we didnt present at the fence when she decided to rear constantly however I managed to get her going again and finished the course on a clear. It was then off to Little Downham Intermediate with What a Treasure on the Friday which was a very early start of getting up at 2.45am but it was worth it! We did a 34.6 dressage test and double clear with 7.6 time faults to finish in 5th place, very proud of her especially with lots of drama before xc with a horse fall delaying xc by at least 30mins and then first combination on course again had a rider fall and then it was me and Treasure, an inexperienced combination at this level, it was very nerve racking! She went brilliantly, so pleased with her. A couple of weeks later What a Treasure went to Stratford Hills NRF, strutted her stuff in the dressage to get a score of 26.8, had 1 pole SJ and then flew around the cross country clear inside the time to finish 2nd and qualified for the Novice championships held at the festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe at the beginning of august. So exciting!
The weather has finally changed so eventing has got well underway and what a month it has been! First proper run for Treasure was at South of England in the Novice where she did a lovely test to get 30.5 and then jumped her socks off for a lovely double clear to finish 4th. Two weeks later it was Hambleden CIC* where she did another lovely test to lye in 5th place after dresssage then had an unlucky pole SJ and a super clear XC to finish in 11th. Then it was on to a busy weekend at Chilham where I was riding 3, the first was Kathryn Burn's Cavaliers Mistress (Daisy) where it was her first ever event and first ever dressage test and XC round. She was a bit distracted in the dressage but made up for it by doing a lovely double clear to finish 6th in the BE80. Then it was Barney in the BE100 plus and also his first event of the season, he did a lovely 33 test, 2 poles SJ and then a great clear XC. Then Treasure was in the Novice who was super, another double clear on a very tough XC course and 32 dressage but a few time faults meant just outside the placings in 11th. Very pleased with all of them, especially Treasure who has got points on every outing so far and is now officially a grade 2 horse!
Well its been a disapointing start to the season with the great british weather taking its toll on many of the events. I went to Tweseldown with What a Treasure and did the dressage in which was a mud pit (pictured left) but she was extremely good and actually did a lovely test to score 26 to put her in 3rd place which was brilliant as she had very fierce competition in her section! However the weather deteriated so badly I didnt jump, save her for another day. I was then entered for Goring Heath but that is now cancelled due to snow so next event is South of England novice and then hopefully Hambleden CIC*, fingers crossed the weather improves.
What A Treasure ends the season completing her first Intermediate which is amazing, so very proud of her. Next season hopefully she will be competing at Intermediate level and then on to 2* and maybe an advanced at the end of the season if all goes to plan.
Poor Boy Z finishes the season completing the Intermediate Novice at Pulborough (pictured left) with a fabulous clear xc round and a 34.1 dressage for his first intermediate test. It seems he loves is job again. Aims for him next season are to continue at Novice level and do a few 1*'s and then take him up to Intermediate.
Now its winter time where the horses will have a bit of time off and then bring them back into work to improve their SJ and take them out to a bit of dressage before next season starts.
Thrilled with Barney going clear around Gatcombe novice track. A few poles SJ from lack of concentration meant no place but very pleased with him. Very good boy.
Very pleased with Treasure last weekend coming 3rd in the Intermediate Novice section at Goring Heath. Didn't do the best dressage she has done but got a fair score of 34.1, just rubbed 1 pole sj and did an amazing clear xc round and just got 3.6 time penalties but would have been inside the time had we been able to over take the horse infront of us! We were still the fastest combination in our section. Hopefully entering our first Intermediate at Little Downham. Very excited!