Last Sunday Galahad and I went to a jump-cross challenge competition – a round of show jumping followed by a cross country course. Given our last cross country outing had involved a lot of stops I was feeling a little apprehensive. However, Galahad was jumping very well in training (barring some braking issues). That and the fact that his back was probably a bit sore last time gave me some reason to hope we would manage better this time.
We entered the 50cm class and the show jumping went pretty well. We had one stop – I still don’t know why – but the rest of the round felt really good and back up to our normal level. We made our way to the cross country course and actually managed to get over the first fence at the the first attempt. That was much better than last time – as you can hear if you watch to the end of the video and listen very carefully!
In fact, the whole course was miles better than last time. It was almost the same course and the only fences we stopped at were the quarry (which we had previously only jumped with a lead in the pairs class) and the chair (which was the fence we had to miss out last time). Everything else we just flew over. I was enjoying it, Galahad was enjoying it and it was so much fun.
We had too many stops to place in the cross country or the combined competition but as the show jumping was split into senior and junior riders we managed a fourth place for that which was very welcome.
We also entered the show jumping section of the 65cm class. Galahad felt even better and I was much more confident. I did however completely misjudge the turn into the double and presented Galahad with a horrible angle at one of the widest fences on the course. I was convinced he would either stop or just crash through it. He did hesitate slightly but popped over it and the second part of the double with no problem at all.
We did knock one fence down but in a completely unrelated incident. We claimed fifth place in that class which felt very good indeed.
It was good to feel that Galahad was enjoying his jumping – the rosettes were a bonus and we had a fantastic day.