Last weekend saw Caoimhe Collery and Harper Seven tackled the first of the Eventers Challenge this season. Caoimhe was flying the flag for Sidcot at the Taunton Venue. Another early start for the Pair on an extremely cold windy morning.
This very popular event was an arena based competition, over a testing course of show jumps and cross-country fences with an optimum time for completion. Having warmed Harper up over some practice fences it was Caoimhe's turn to take on the difficult 80cm course. The first section of the competition was over a track of show jump fences which Harper took very much in her stride, Caoimhe rode an accurate course to guide Harper clear, then once the final poles were jumped it was onto the solid cross-country fences. It was time to alter her riding technique as the pair were now being timed so the pressure was on. The partnership between rider and pony was clear to see as Caoimhe guided Harper quickly and safety over each of the difficult fences. Fantastic riding, unfortunately the pair were hit with some time penalties for going a little too fast, but overall a brilliant skilfully ridden first attempt at a difficult course.
Having had only an hour to rest it was time to tackle the 90cm course. Caoimhe knew what was needed, a clean sheet over the showjumping course and a balanced evenly paced cross-country phase. The paring didn't disappoint. They rode such a fantastic round. The duo were awarded second place overall which meant they had qualified for the National Eventers Challenge to be Held next May at Hickstead.
A super well done to Caoimhe and Harper exciting times ahead for this Sidcot pairing.
Sidcot Equestrian Team