EQUINE- YOUNG RIDER'S BLOG AUG 2018

6 Sep 2018

ROSA ONSLOW FROM HAWICK. SOUTH OF SCOTLAND WINNER

August has been another busy month for me but not involving too much competing, as now the horses are mainly competing at international events, they do not do more than one a month. However, I have been training hard in preparation for competing, meaning I feel like I live in my horse lorry! I have had a couple of hugely beneficial Ian Stark lessons at ISEC, one dressage where I worked on both horses stretching over their backs and working on getting them soft and even in the contact. And one jump, where Ian made me jump a 130/140cm course – which was terrifying! I did this in preparation for Blair castle CCI2* and the Event Rider Masters 3* (ERM). You have to be selected for the ERM, so it was a huge compliment to be picked especially as it was for the only Scottish based leg of the series and it was the final. Blair castle went brilliantly although the weather was horrific on Sunday for my SJ on sunny (2*) and XC on Kaiser (3*). They both did personal best dressage at the level, to lie in competitive positions. Sunny then flew the 2* xc clear, well within the time making it all feel very easy round a long tough track. Kaiser flew the showjumping, just having one really annoying and unfortunate rider error pole, although he really did jump out of his skin flying over the 140cm joker fence. It’s a bit frustrating as he has been so consistently clear this year. He then flew round the XC in seriously tough conditions, it was raining so hard I could hardly see. With Blenheim CCI3* in mind (his next and final event) I ran xc slightly with the handbrake on and picked up 15 time penalties, meaning I finished 13th in the ERM – a result I am still totally thrilled with. He felt incredibly confident around the whole course but in-between fences I preserved his legs on the deeper going. I then had around 10minutes to be on Sunny and into the 2* SJ (I hadn’t walked or even seen the course) so in hindsight he jumped brilliantly! I had two poles but he has been so consistently clear all season I cannot be too disappointed. This however dropped him from 4th to 11th. I have just had two days at HorseScotland training which has freshened me up for next week where they both head to Blenheim (Kaiser to do the CCI3* - hopefully his final 4* qualification and Sunny to do the U21 combined training.) Kaiser will then have a well-deserved holiday whilst Sunny goes to Ireland to finish the season with Ballindenisk CIC3*. I still cannot believe how exciting and good this season has been and I think a huge part of this is thanks to my amazing Harbro sponsorship making them feel and look fantastic. I am currently lying 7th in the country in the U21 league of all event riders – which I am delighted about as I only have two horses competing when most of the top spots are taken by eventers with a string of 6/7 horses. Fingers crossed the next two events go to plan and then a well-deserved holiday for the whole team! I already cannot wait for next season where the ultimate goal may be Burghley 4*!!

Rosa x

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