WOW sponsored rider, Kitty King, has already been to two events this year and so far all is looking promising!
“We started the season with Aston Le Walls with all the young horses,” she tells us. “Most of whom were ‘first timers’ and we had four nice double clears! One of my new rides, Bondi Beach won his BE100 section, another new ride Caeleste had her first run and went nicely with a double clear in the BE100 and came 5th and Burtonhill was 6th.”
“We have spent the past two days at Tweseldown, and have another two days to go! Caeleste felt better for having one run under her belt, she was less on edge and did a 28 dressage and went double clear to win her section which is very promising. Today (Thursday 7th March) I took two older horses to do the Open Intermediate and was pleased with the results. Zidante, who is aiming for the Fontainebleau Nations Cup in a few weeks, did a really nice dressage test in a very boggy arena then showjumped clear in another very boggy arena! I didn’t take her too quick cross country because of the ground but she still finished 3rd without having to push her so it was nice to get started with a good run. Persimmon was a lot later in the day so the ground had deteriorated even more but he did a good dressage of 26 and was in the lead, but he had both parts of the double down having jumped a lovely round until then, it is very unlike him but he got totally stuck in the mud, he didn’t deserve it so it was a shame. He then went on to do a very nice clear cross country round and still finished 8th so I feel we have a good start to build on. He is aiming for Tattersalls 2* in May.”
In the first of our exclusive monthly blogs from sponsored rider Kitty King, she tells us how she is coping with the snow!
Luckily we have an indoor school so it is pretty much normal service at the moment! Although we are being creative with the exercise as we can’t go out hacking. To keep it varied we are mixing it up with lunge work, jumping grids, course jumping, dressage days and sometimes I do some stretching with them on the flat to keep them supple. I have also managed to do some fitness work – although obviously you can’t go too fast in an arena – but doing 5 minutes of canter work in the school and then having a break between is helping keep on top of their fitness work. Hopefully the snow won’t last and we can get out cross country schooling in February!
The initial plan – weather permitting – is to get the horses out to my local venues, Summerhouse and Rectory Farm, to do some clear round jumping. I prefer doing this rather than going to a competition because I can treat it more like training. I set the fences to the height that I want and if I need to educate a horse then I can do so. We actually have a few cross country fences set up at home and luckily before the snow arrived some of the horses had a pop over them, so we shouldn’t be too behind in preparation for the season providing the weather clears up quickly!
This season I hope to take Zidante to do a 3* in the spring and then hopefully Pau 4* in the autumn. I have some young horses that I would like to take to Le Lion at the end of the year for the 6 year old World Cup, and Persimmon will do a 2* three-day-event this spring to get his qualification because he missed out on that due to the weather last year, and hopefully then onto a 3* later in the year.
I am also riding at the International Eventing Forum at Hartpury College on Monday 4th February so hopefully I will see some of you there!