Galahad and I recently got another chance to compete as part of a team, this time with the riding club. It was again teams of four with each person jumping a different height. Obviously with my little pony I was jumping the lowest height.
The warm up was again on rather damp grass and given our mishap on our last outing I was very careful over the practise fences and didn’t come out of a trot. We still slid into one of the jumps and Galahad was a bit wobbly trying to avoid the muddy take off spot so I didn’t over jump him.
Our first round went very well and we whizzed round clear. My team mates did the same so after one round we were in the lead and quite excited.
Galahad was also great in the second round but I messed it up for him. Between fences three and four we needed to change the canter lead but I got my whip tangled in my reins and was distracted by trying to untangle it. I didn’t even think about the leading leg until it was too late. We had to jump off the wrong leg so Galahad wasn’t well balanced and we knocked the fence down.
It was such a silly mistake and it really wasn’t necessary to untangle my whip – I felt pretty bad about letting both Galahad and my team down. The next two members of my team both got four faults as well and the last got twelve. We ended up eighth out of ten which wasn’t bad but was rather disappointing after our good start!