It had been another manic weekend; the day before I had spent an hour chasing a very reluctant horse around the field trying to catch it, which meant we left late to take Armani back to Aston-Le-Walls XC schooling. It was well worth going as he got the message and jumped some fairly big and technical stuff. However, we hadn't left until 7pm as Jess works during the day and by the time we got back and still had one to plait (thanks to the hour spent running round a field!), I didn't leave the yard until very late!
We somehow arrived at Twesledown with loads of time to spare, I didn't need to be back from the coursewalk until about 9:15, and at what I thought was 8:30, I set off coursewalking. Little did I realise my watch had stopped and it was actually 9:00! I started running (NOT my strong point!) and despite many trips to Twesledown I couldn't find the (newly moved!) start box anywhere! Really beginning to panic now with 15 minutes until I needed to be ON Squirrel, I just picked a random pink fence, number 12, great, and started walking the course backwards in the hope of finding the beginning or the end or at least somewhere to use as a starting point. However, anyone who's been to Twesledown will know it's a pretty complicated track in terms of 'guessing the way round' and I realised when I got to about fence 4 that walking it backwards was a bad mistake - when faced with 3 sandy tracks how would I know which one to take?! I walked to fence 15, found what looked like fences 13 and 14 in the distance and had to go back to the lorry!
It was so lovely to be back riding Squirrel and he loved the dressage, I think I was enjoying it a bit too much as he felt perfect but only scored 30. Tommy was a little tense but kept a lid on it and scored 40, which wasn't too bad as BE100 dressage is almost too straightforward for him.
Both horses then jumped lovely double clears with Squirrel finishing 6th. We didn't even get lost cross country! It was lovely to ride some older horses today as I could just sit quiet and let them do their job :)
We quickly dropped Squirrel and Tommy back off at the yard and put them to bed, did a U turn and went home to pick up Tiny and Leo from their holiday. Their next event is at Ascott Under Wychwood on the 1st June, so they needed to come back into work asap.
They arrived back at Boomerang at 9pm, unloaded them and their stuff and I got to work. By 11pm it was time to go home but everybody had been ridden and I felt pretty satisfied! It was lovely to walk off round the XC course in the sunset, I never stop appreciating our amazing base.
Good day's work - off to bed!