Last event of the season was a very busy one for Team Opposition. We were at Aldon from Thursday - Sunday with Opposition Angel Two and Opposition Sky Law for the CCI*. The remaining team travelled too and from each day. Thursday saw the trot up for the CCI and Opposition Sky Law's dressage test, we arrived in time to give Libby a little walk around before the trot up as her dressage was straight after I thought she maybe a little interested to see what was going on, but out the lorry she came like a true professional. Both horses looked beautiful for the trot up thanks to team groom Cayley and passed with flying colours. Libby had her dressage very shortly after seeing as we were number two to go. She was absolutely superb no big mistakes just unfortunately rested a hind leg in two halts giving her 4's from both judges each time, so very very costly but scored a great mark of 46.2, seeing us in 2nd place after the first day.
FRIDAY - was very busy with Tregoodwell coming for the Intermediate, Sporting Opposition for the BE100 three-day and Opposition Angel Two's dressage. Tregoodwell was 1st to go in the intermediate so an early morning test saw the best of the ground. This was his first time out since blenheim and he produced a solid test just with a few minor errors whilst trying to pull his feet out of the mud, he then jumped a super clear showjumping putting us into the lead going into the XC phase, having walked the course I was very happy, however he jumped in very large into the first water and I think scared himself following blenheim as he was not keen on the 2nd. This is not unlike him as water has been known to be scary fence for him. Seeing as it was at the end of the season and I know him inside out to which days he likes to play, today wasn't one so I walked through and will practise lots and lots this winter. I was very very disappointed but he really has made huge improvements this year and can not wait till next year with him, I'm very excited and think he could be my first 4* horses very soon! Sporting Opposition just had her dressage today, considering she did her first test in June the BE100 championship test was actually quite complicated. She was super very rideable in the arena and did some super work to score 37, this left her a little way down the leader board into 32nd it was very close. Opposition Angel Two was near the end to go in the 1* so unfortunately had the worst of the ground and couldn't really cope with all the mud, although an accurate test she struggled to stay balanced and active.
SATURDAY- The busiest days of all..... not only the two girls in the CCI, purdy in the BE100 three day, I also had my super 5yr old in the BE100 national class. Opposition Nirvana was 1st to go in the BE100 and again had the best ground, he did struggle with the mud but again produced a fab test for 31. After walking the SJ very early I thought it must be for another class as it was huge for a 100 but know it wasn't!! Ollie however is the bees knees and jumped a super clear round. Following this up with a clear inside the time saw him to be the winner!! I was truely over the moon with this result only his 3rd event and he's taken it all in his stride.
The three internationals all had fab XC rounds all clear inside the time and made their courses feel very very easy.
SUNDAY - with an early morning trot up for the CCI and 100 they all trotted beautiful if not a little tired. Sporting Opposition was first on lying in 13th after XC, I was a little nervous before seeing as all her background is in SJ I didn't want to have a pole. She did live up to expectations and jumped a cracking round. The two CCI's had a little lunge in the morning seeing as both weren't jumping till late afternoon. Opposition Angel Two the first to go lying about 20th after xc tried very very hard but seemed to be a little tired following her XC and had 3 down which is very unusual for her but seeing as it was her first CCI format I was very pleased with her attitude throughout the weekend and she's got a very exciting future. Finishing in 24th. Opposition Sky Law was 6th going into SJ, although the most talented horses i've ever ridden she's very nervous SJ so was very worried. She was AMAZING gave the fences feet, confident and easy to ride in the ring. She finished on the dressage scored and remained in 6th but the BEST 6yr OLD!
What a way to finish the season, I really can not wait until 2013.