Yesterday Wanda and I were lucky enough to travel to Bury Farm, Bucks to compete in my first Baileys / British Eventing JAS competition.
We had entered the 100 class as this will be the level I will be eventing at this season.
The course consisted of 7 very twisty and strategically placed show jumps followed by another 11 XC style jumping efforts including a corner, 2 doubles and some skinnies. The Competition is judged on a style mark and then clear rounds and the XC section is timed so time faults can occur.
I was quite confident that Wanda would jump well as she thrives on this sort of challenge. My main worry was not forgetting the course!
I was lucky enough to have the round filmed by my friend Michael from http://www.mdr-photo.co.uk/
I was really pleased with how we performed and really enjoyed myself. You can watch the round by clicking on the link below.
I also filmed things on my hat cam which gives a very different sense of speed and perspective.
I was quite confident that Wanda would enjoy the course as it was right up her street. She was very confident and took the challenges in her stride very well. Our results were very pleasing. We had a style score of 11, which was in the upper band, a clear round but clocked up 6 time faults. The time was tight, I possibly could have ridden tighter lines but was very pleased with a smooth clear round. The time faults knocked us out of the top set but I was very pleased with our progress. Looking back at the videos I have loads to work on, including fitness and shifting baby weight 🙂
In hindsight I could have maybe ridden the 90 class first but feel that she doesn’t respect the fences at this level. It wouldn’t have really been a challenge for her and I’m glad I went in at 100 as this is the level I will event at, without a 90 warm up. Next year I plan to do the Novice and possibly the open.
So all in all a really fun day out and a great way to fine tune our jumping before the season starts.
Big thanks to MDR Photo and to Baileys and British Eventing for putting on such a great series of competitions. We will be back… and faster… next year!