My first win on the circuit…

My first win on the circuit…

Posted on 11. Aug, 2011 by in Rider Development Programme

Some exciting news from one of last years Scotts Rider Development Programme winners.

Hard work, good performance and a bit of luck!

These three work hand in hand to secure a good result; I had all three on Sunday 31st July to steal BE100 section J, at Carlton Horse Trials, which was my first win on the circuit.

A big thank you to everyone who has put time, money and support into me and my horses.  Also, to everyone at Carlton Horse Trials ~ Sara & Nick Tusting and not forgetting the many family members. A thank you to Julia Berrie for great support, smiley face and continued interest from Scotts of Thrapston.

A fantastically FUN event Carlton was, yet again, and I have next year in my diary already!

The day started well when the sun came out and lit up Carlton, shining over the fabulous course. I was on in the morning for dressage and when I got on, Bobby felt really relaxed and started with his mind in the right place. Bobby warmed up really well; moving with a forward but consistent rhythm.  I went on into the arena to perform an accurate and relaxed test. I would have liked a slightly more energetic test, however judging by the mark of 32 putting me into 3rd place I was extremely happy and it was a huge improvement.

Next was Show Jumping just after eleven.  I have been working on my Show Jumping in particular as I wasn’t happy with some poles I had down earlier in the year. I warmed up getting Bobby forward and bouncy, jumped a few fences to get his co-ordination together and went in with a positive attitude. It all slotted into place and he jumped a faultless round feeling great!

I went into second place but at this point had no idea whether I had a competitive score. I swapped tack and headed off to go cross country. I left the starting box in a forward gallop which set me up well for the course. It was a course with a question at every fence so there was no room for hesitant riding you had to be ready to kick every stride into and away from the question! I rode the course at a fast rhythm but made sure I was pacing Bobby conserving energy to cover the course.  I finished with a great clear and 1.6 time penalties to slightly reduce the lead I had now gained moving me into 1st place!

A double clear with time to spare is always the most stylish win: so it was an amazing feeling when it had happened to me! It is such a rewarding result, making it worth the extra hard work put in.

The exciting news doesn’t end here as I have the U18 Area Finals on 27th August where I shall be in it to win it! And two slick clear rounds from Vinnie today!

You can follow the progress of Bobby and Vinnie by joining their Facebook pages under:

Rosinic William Wallace – (Bobby) Here you will be able to find his up to date competition results and how he is doing in the run up to his next Horse Trials.

Varachi – (Vinnie) There will be some exciting news coming up I expect as Vinnie launches further and further into his career.  He had two double clears (6th Aug) and he will be a horse ready to win next year for sure!

The Future is clearly bright!

Henry Beasley

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One Response to “My first win on the circuit…”

  1. Janet Hammond

    12. Aug, 2011

    Henry, it must have been such a huge thrill, and I was so glad to be there to share in the excitement. Absolutely agree about getting a double clear!

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