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Combined Training at LMEQ

26th March 2015
Right well that's it, my first event has been entered!! Well actually the second has been too as I got balloted out from South of England so instead I am heading to Larkhill. No particular difference for Trad and I, I don’t think, but a lot more hills and walking for the support crew – sorry guys!


Seeing as my first event has been entered I thought I better step up the training so whilst everyone was eventing at Aldon, Swalcliffe & Lincoln we headed to LMEQ for some combined training. It was my first time there for an event and I was really impressed with how they organised it. Ok so the entries were only small but they had set up dressage on grass, had a full functioning catering unit and a photographer in the SJ who even supplies free small resolution downloads. Not sure what the business model for this, i.e. who pays but it's great for the riders!! Other nice little touches that the LMEQ team have added was that they emailed me the results before I'd even left and the next day they sent me a scanned copy of my dressage sheet as I wasn’t around to collect it.


For the dressage we scored 35.8 which was probably about average for us. Trad showed promise for some movements scoring 7’s but we also scored some 4’s. The aim of the season is to keep the dressage scores below 35. SJ was great, he warmed up nicely and we went in first, jumping a nice clear (despite) shying at some jump blocks in the arena!

After SJ we decided to take advantage of a discount offer on XC schooling… Another great idea from LMEQ. I'm very pleased to report Trad jumped his socks off, not looking at a thing and jumping everything we could throw at him – it was a real confidence boost for both of us!


As my dad was using our trailer elsewhere Jenny my super helpful friend / trainer / groom drove us in her little lorry which meant Otto had to share the middle seat with Hattie, Jenny's Labrador. This wasn't much fun for Hattie but eventually they both settled down and Otto basically led on top of Hattie – I think he thought her fluffy coat was nice and comfy!!


On Sunday Jenny is riding Trad at Addington in the unaffiliated dressage championship she qualified for earlier in the year.

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