May 2014

Cassie’s Diary – May 2014

Cassie

Cassie

I’ve finally finished my exam at university and I’m looking forward to a nice summer which will involve work and as much riding as a I can fit in. I’m sure like most, the longer lighter evenings are what I look forward to every year!


Change in Plans

I have changed course at University onto Bio Veterinary Science. It became apparent that I was not able to put in the amount of time needed in order to study. The work load of the vet course was so intense and I always felt behind. Doing it as a mature student was never going to be easy- But trying to do it with a 60 mile commute each way and three horses was really tough. I wouldn’t advise anyone attempting it! I’ve been really enjoying my new course. It still follows a very similar path to veterinary science, in fact most of my lectures are still the same – but I now have a lot more practical classes and exams as well as time in the lab which is a lot less demanding than 9-5 lectures. Plus most days I now start at 10am so that’s made a huge difference. I’m going to stick with it for now and see what happens. It’s frustrating but the main thing is that all my hard work has not been wasted and the university very kindly offered me this option to enable me to still obtain a very good degree. I’d say for anyone struggling with study, don’t be afraid to go and seek help from your tutor because you won’t be the only one in that situation and there are lots of options available.

The horses have been going fantastically! Both Rupert and Patch have really started to take eventing more seriously. Rupert has finally got the cross country bug and his dressage is coming on nicely.


White board phobia nearly over!

Rupert at MIDARC Winter Champs

Rupert at MIDARC Winter Champs

We recently went to dressage to try and crack his white board phobia some more and I was delighted with him scoring a much improved 65.5%! A huge difference from his last test. He then went to a local unaffiliated event and placed 14th  which I was chuffed with.  We also had a nice outing to the winter MIDARC Championships where he took Reserve Champion in the 7-year-old & under class. I was little cross with him at this event though, as he decided to put in quite a horrible stop and I fell off! If definitely hurts more as you get older!


Patch is busy!

Finishing the cross country at Llanymynech Horse Trials

Finishing the cross country at Llanymynech Horse Trials

Patch has also been eventing. He also finished just outside the top ten at Llanymynech Horse Trials. We really should have been placed, but I choose to take him steady around the cross country because the weather had been dreadful, I made the decision it was better not to risk another lameness. Patch is now on the riding club dressage team and we have been attending lots of training that has been subsidised by our riding club, Vyrnwy Valley, which I am very grateful for.

The show jumping section at Llanymynech Horse Trials

The show jumping section at Llanymynech Horse Trials

You can see how seriously Patch is taking his dressage training a 'Sleep!'

You can see how seriously Patch is taking his dressage training a ‘Sleep!’


Poppy’s started jumping

Poppy is now getting ridden most days again, she’s cantering, galloping and has even had a little go over the jumps I set up in the field! She’s very similar to Patch to ride – they both can be quite forward going to jump and I have to remember to try and get them into a nice balanced canter – otherwise everything would be at cross country speed, especially on grass!


What’s next?

Patch is going to do the local Pony Club one day event and he is then doing the Area 20 riding clubs eventing qualifier, which I’m really looking forward to as it’s just down the road from us.

Rupert will next be eventing at Stafford Horse Trials in July where he will do his first BE90 now that his cross country is stronger.

Patch will then also be going to a three day event which again is being held down the road from us in July – I’m really looking forward to this! However once again both Simon and I have agreed to work at the event so as usual, it will be a bit chaotic.

That’s all for now!

Rupert

Rupert

Cassie, Poppy , Rupert and Patch