The Vault Syndicate Horses……..
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The Vault Syndicate Horses……..
As we mentioned in the last journal Dom is recovering from his operation. He has been a very good patient on his 2 weeks box rest with 30 minutes hand grazing per day. He has the ARC Equine on 3 times a day and a specific program has been set for him to aid his recovery.
The vets have been out to change his dressing and as the wound has healed so well he is now in stable bandages, with a few hours a day without them on. This is so his leg gets used to not relying on tight bandaging for support.
As he is in the Vault Syndicate we have decided for the last few months of the season to add Ballycoog Breaker Boy (William) to join The Partner in The Vault Syndicate so that the members still have 2 horses to follow until our end of season.
He is super talented and has been very consistent this season and is stepping up to CCI3*S For the National 7 year Old Championships.
Training leading into competition.
Had a good couple of training sessions with V.I.P Vinnie and The Partner (Conquer) just before Conquers competition at Aston Le Walls. We specifically worked on the changes and lateral movements that were linked together in the Advanced test. This seems to be Conquers preferred method of training for test whereas if I did this with V.I.P Vinnie he would be second guessing all the way through the test, but Conquer likes to know what's coming up. Having had a good run at Upton in the Intermediate Conquer did his first advance competition at Aston Le Walls.
Immy came with me as Mum and Dad were on their way back from holiday and met us there.
We were all very pleased with his performance in every phase and for him to be 6th after dressage is a great place to be with him and shows how he is coming on. He warmed up unbelievably for the show jumping using himself so correctly and this is the best yet. He didn’t quite carry this through to the show jumping ring as he went slightly tense in anticipation but still jumped a mega round. His cross country was true to form and I let him run at the pace he was comfortable at. He had one moment where he took a few extra seconds to process what needed to be done at the owl hole but with my legs firmly on he jumped it. We finished with a handful of time penalties and ended the day in 10th place. So pleased for Conquer as he tries so hard and deserves to start getting more top 10 placings. It is so exciting that he stepped up a level with such confidence and look forward to more of this.
Show Jumping Competitions………………
We always talk about taking the horses show jumping and this time we actually did it. Vinnie and William went to Summer House in the boiling hot sun, but as it wasn’t very busy we did a quick one round each. Vinnie jumped really well, his first outing since Bramham at the beginning of June, just rolled the last pole, which was highly infuriating and really can’t see why. William jumped his first 1.20m which I was so chuffed with as for the first time he really felt ready to step up and jumped a great clear round.
Ted went to Rectory Farm for his first ever outing. He was really calm and unphased and I was really pleased how he coped with being out and about.
He had a couple of green poles which isn’t a worry as he is a great jumper and with more visits out his confidence will grow.
Ballycoog Breaker Boy competed at Wilton at the weekend in his last Novice competition before stepping up to Intermediate via and IN at Aston Le Walls next week. His test although a good result was not up to his usual high standard. He was wanting to bound on all the way through and therefore kept losing his balance - maybe he was still thinking about his visit to the gallops earlier in the week!!! He jumped a very good round SJ and felt very confident and easy in Cross country. We had a couple of time penalties as I wasn’t clock watching so finished 4th instead of second! It was also great to have Immy with us competing her horse Houdini VII. She also had a good day with a 28.5 dressage and good SJ but an unlucky pole and much more confident cross country round from her horse. Very exciting combination.
Next Competitions are Hartpury CCI4*S with Vinnie and Conquer - Vinnie will definitely not go cross country and we will decide on Conquer on the day as they are also going to Somerford the following weekend for an Intermediate run and Conquer will only XC at one of them. William will do his IN at Aston Le Walls the same weekend.
Ballycoog Breaker Boy (William) hiding under his new Noble outfitters fly screen