Upping the Anti


by Lisa Mancuso

Following a summer of taking it easy while I have been concentrating on Flynn, it's now Spider's turn to get back into the swing of things.

Spider has only been cross-country schooling once, back in May, and has only done one very small, low-key one day event in July at 70cm, which was run in a small grass arena. Therefore, this winter the plan is to get cracking with his schooling and jumping so we can get out and do some big boy arena eventing!

So, last weekend I took Spider cross-country schooling with a group of friends to see if he remembered what it was all about. True to form, he stepped up to the mark and, after a couple of leads, he was flying. We tackled steps, drops, water, hedges and a ditch, albeit slightly reluctantly for the latter, so we'll have to work on that one!

Spider XC Schooling October 2After being such a star, it confirmed my thoughts that he really is ready to get out and about now. To that end, I have booked him in for some unaffiliated dressage and will get some showjumping practice in at home with the aim of entering our first Arena Event at Keysoe on the 6th December. At six years old, this will be the beginning of his competition career as a grown-up, which makes me feel  very proud, having brought him on from a yearling.


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