Groomers Team Riders – Abigail Newbery’s Diary
It took us 5 hours to get to Cornwall on Wednesday, but eventually we got there safe and sound. For this event we just took Olympia and Fleur, my two beautiful chestnut mares. It was Fleur’s first county show, but she took it all in her stride coming 6th in the 1.25m on the first day despite the 70mph gales and relatively heavy rain! Olympia had a very unlucky fence down in the 1.40m in the evening, but otherwise jumped very well. They had to cancel the last class which was the 1.35m, which I was intending on jumping Fleur in, due to the weather.
On the second day they cancelled the International Trial and moved it to the last day incorporating the Grand Prix because of the state of the ground. We did however put both Olympia and Fleur in the Accumulator – Fleur had number two down because of a little buck after number one, and also just tapped the Joker off behind due to being a bit close, but I was very pleased with her as it was quite strong and she had never jumped anything the size of the joker before! Olympia went clear, but not very fast as we were saving her for the Grand Prix the next day.
The final day of the competition was Saturday. They rescheduled the 1.35m for 7.30am that morning and I was 8th to go, so an early start at 5.30am was needed to get ready! Fleur jumped well up until the combination where I had to retire. It is the biggest class she has jumped and the ground was very sticky and holding – when she jumped into the combination she tried to go so high to get out of the ground that she couldn’t make the distance, so not wanting to scare her I retired. There’s always another day! Olympia jumped the Grand Prix/ International Trial and unfortunately had 8 faults, I think again mainly due to the ground. The show organisers were very helpful and did all they could to ensure we were still able to jump but sadly there is only so much you can do when you are competing on grass!