It has been a fairly busy week, more babies born, four running at Pontispool and I popped over to France for a fleeting 36hrs to try my gorgeous new boy.
Babies, We've had a colt by Utopian Opposition out of a Carnival mare - He really is gorgeous. The girls have named him Austin and Classic Opposition as his show name.
Also very excitingly we've just had another colt born this evening by Fleetwater Opposition out of a full TB mare, photos to follow tomorrow of him, he's a little sleepy as is gorgeous Tracy after giving birth to such a big boy.
Its very exciting to have some colts born as the first lot have all been fillies. So far we have 2 fillies by Opposition Heracles, 1 colt by Opposition Supremacy, 1 colt by Utopian Opposition and 1 colt by Fleetwater Opposition and a filly by Fleetwater Opposition out of the Heraldik mare. We still have two left to foal so fingers crossed.
Tregoodwell had a great run in the Intermediate thanks to Dan, slightly off the pace after the dressage but a good steady double clear saw them pick up 9th place which was fantastic.
Opposition Angel One had her first outing since Portman, running in the novice with Chris Burton. She was a little fresh in the dressage but still scored 33.5 which was very respectable in the section, unfortunately still a little bright going into the Showjumping so she had 8 faults due to greenness but not bad at all considering she hadn't jumped a course since the beginning of April. However, she fly around the xc just adding a few time faults, she looked like an old pro. Opposition Sky Law, my princess. Unfortunately due to my injury she hadn't been out since Aldon at the end of March, but like always she came to do her job. A lovely test left her in 2nd after the dressage on 31 although still lots more marks to be gained. She showjumped very well for a clear round, showing some green moments in the treble which I must say was jolly tricky for a first novice. Unfortunately her and Chris were not on the correct line for a b element and Chris thought it better to come around again rather than make an uncomfortable jump. She popped around the remainder of the course just picking up 7 time faults, so very promising for her next run.Budle Beach ran in the PN with Chris on the Saturday, he did a lovely test which we were very pleased with scoring 34, a very unfortunate 2 down showjumping but showed he had matured a great deal cross country and came home inside the time very happily. Big thank you to Chris and Dan!!
I had planned to go back to pontispool on the monday to school around the course to give my ankle a test but at 6.30 on the saturday evening I had an erika moment and asked whether I could do it that evening to which they said no problem. So I tacked up Opposition Heracles who had just come for a trip in the lorry for company and off I set around the course. I hadn't walked any of the course but I have jumped around pontispool a few times, and watched the guys go so I knew the rough direction. I started with the novice course for the first 3 jumps then went around the intermediate taking all the straight routes, we had a fantastic ride by far one of the best rides together so far. Both of us came through the finish with a big cheeky smile. Good news was the ankle wasn't too bad. I just really hope everything is going the right way now as having an adrenaline rush every now and then just isn't enough.
I popped over at the beginning of the week to have a sit on my new boy. He is a gorgeous Anglo Arab 5 yr old gelding. I'm not going to say to much about him until he's passed the vet. So please all keep your fingers crossed as I am very excited about him.
This week is an exciting one for me my first run back since my operation albeit very early, hope everything holds up. Eridge with Tregoodwell for the NRF and Opposition Eclipse for the ON, then off to Little Downham on Monday and Tuesday for Opposition Angel Two in the OPN, Opposition Sky Law in the Novice and Opposition Heracles in the OI.