Spring is finally here and the new eventing season upon us. A winter of training has paid off as the season kicked off in fine style. A pre-season riding club combined training (dressage and show-jumping) qualifier at Munstead in torrential rain resulted in a win for the Farnham Riders Club with Nicola and Monty leading their section so helping the club to qualify for the National Finals which will be held at Aston-le-Walls in June.
Last weekend was their first affiliated event of the season held very locally at Tweseldown and in much better weather than the previous weekend. On the back foot after dressage in 23rd position, a smooth double clear in the show-jumping and cross-country phases well inside the time limit saw them leapfrog all the way to 3rd resulting in a qualification for the Regional Finals later in the year. An excellent start to the season.
The qualifying quest continues this weekend at Swalcliffe Horse Trials in Oxfordshire. Fingers crossed for another good result.