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Process of Elimination: Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Vets, Farriers & Dentists.

Every professional who works in the field listed in the title of this blog has seen Bonnie between August 19th, 2017 and September 18th, 2017 (yes, I have spent too much money. Let’s not remind me of my sad bank balance).

If you read my last blog, granted I posted it a very long time ago, so if you want to recap you can click here. Alternatively, the most relevant bit to this blog post is below;

“We had her booked in with our chiropractor before the event for August 21st – but I’ll make another post on what we’ve done since discovering that she is lame.”

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Our first go at Eventing Ireland – Topspec EI90 Maddybenny, August 2017.

I left you off on my last blog with an update of how our first go at a 1m course competitively went, and at the end mentioned I should’ve known something was up (you can read that blog by clicking here).

We set off on Wednesday, August 16th and headed up to stable at Maddybenny in time to settle for the Eventing Ireland on Saturday. Having been there several times this year, it was like going home as the entire yard, the liveries and staff are so lovely and welcoming. We had a great ride on Wednesday and Thursday and were looking forward to a lesson with my amazing instructor on Friday morning at 9am (maybe not so much the time of the lesson!).

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Our first 1m competition (it didn’t quite go to plan).

A bit of a different post today, or rather the same with a different outcome.

On August 13th, we headed to Laurel View Equestrian Centre for their derby held in their playground field. After schooling extremely well the day before, I had hoped our outcome would be good. In ways, it was. But in so many it wasn’t.

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Our first 85cm Two-Phase event.

We are thankfully all caught up on the blog posts now, so it is time for our most recent competition. Our second two phase (Bonnie’s third as she did one as a 5 year old), and it went better than I could ever have hoped.

I was first to go on the start list for the 85cm class. We’ve been schooling around at least 1m for a while now so I didn’t want to drop back to the 70 class (which the the one we did in April, but I hadn’t started this blog at that point). We had been schooling the week before around a mixed track of 85cm-1m (which you can read about on my last post here).

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Going As We Please at Laurel View XC.

July 23rd was a day destined for XC schooling. Of course it couldn’t run smoothly and the day before (Saturday 22nd) when I retrieved Bonnie from the field she was minus a shoe. A message to my farrier was off immediately and I am lucky that he came out early the Sunday morning on his day off to put it back on for us.

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Turning a hoof to stressage – our first Prelim Tests at the Laurel View Charity Show.

Between my blog post about the LV Jump X win (which you can read by clicking here), Tobias had to be officially retired from ridden work – no hacking, just a field ornament.

This led to us having a major tack sale including his saddle…and my mum very kindly let buy a dressage saddle with the money (see the Facebook post by clicking here).

After numerous lessons, and lots of preparation, we were ready to hit the Laurel View Charity stressage dressage raising money for Aware NI on July 16th, 2017.

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It’s official. He’s a field ornament.

My most viewed blog post on here is my “Retiring your horse of a lifetime”. In that post I explain the decision process we went through having to retire Tobias from competition, explaining how he hacked.

As of June 28th, Tobias was officially retired to the field. He can no longer be stabled.

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A belated blog: a WIN at Laurel View Jump X in June.

Slap on the wrist for me for my absolutely AWFUL time management skills at updating this blog. In my defence, a hell of a lot has been going on. But you will find out all about that over my next few blog posts.

Catching up, on June 11th, Bonnie and I headed to the Jump X Challenge at Laurel View Equestrian Centre. The weather was to be desired for with periods of gale force winds (so much so that the X fence had to be changed from planks to a skinny, as the jumps were falling down before people even got to jump them) and bursts of heavy rainfall. Your average summers day in Northern Ireland.

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I MET MARK TODD! TATTERSALLS 2017

As you can probably guess, I was more than a little excited.

I quite literally ran. I don’t run. Ever.

We had made the 104 mile trip down to Tatts to watch the cross country on the Saturday. It was great – we went to the shopping village, I took part in a dog show with Cody, and we were having a really good time. Even got an icecream. But the highlight of the day was, of course, meeting and talking to Mark Todd.

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Our first win – SJI CCCS Final

Our first competitive outing with our new mascot Schuberry and he certainly proved lucky..

We were originally intending to skip the final of the SJI league we have been competing in, when on Friday night mum received a text notifying her we had qualified for the final. She was working until 7pm.

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