Following a successful July, I was excited to continue progressing forwards with Lasina into August. First up on the agenda was the Newcomer Second Rounds at Patchetts EC. We travelled down the day prior to the Second Rounds in attempt to gain a Newcomer First Round double clear, which we did, ensuring that Lasina has now qualified for the 2016 Second Rounds which is pleasing. This Newcomer also acted as a warm up for the Second Rounds the following day. The course for the Second Rounds was particularly technical with multiple complex lines and distances, including a combination and an open water. Despite being up to height and a technical course, Lasina did not struggle and aptly progressed throughout the course, improving with each fence. However, we were caught out when jumping out of a one stride double, due to Lasina’s forward canter I was unable to collect her back in time, resulting in the second part of the double falling. However, despite this unlucky fence she still jumped confidently, completing the rest of the course with ease. Overall, I was content with Lasina’s performance at her second attempt of a Newcomer Second Round.

Moving further into August we attended multiple day shows with the aim of achieving more Foxhunter First Round double clears. Both of which competitions were held at The Jays Equestrian Centre. Lasina gained two Foxhunter double clears at both shows with ease, adapting to the difficult courses, jumping them fluently and competently. As well as this, we also gained another 1.30 double clear which was pleasing.

Amidst the hectic schedule of August was my A-Level results day, therefore the rest of the week was dedicated to celebrations and partying!
Once having recovered from the previous weeks endeavours, Lasina and I set off for the National Inter-Academy Team Event at Weston Lawns EC, held on the 19th-20th. I was entered into the 1.20 class, in a team with 3 other members. On the first day of the competition we were the final class to jump, therefore we had the whole day to prepare and liaise, formulating a team strategy for jumping. Having walked the course and discussed the different lines and distances, we were confident that we could produce a respectable first performance. Having been drawn second to jump within our team, Lasina jumped a confident round, until the last fence, becoming slightly unsettled, resulting in the last fence falling, ending on a score of 4 faults. Despite this, she jumped well and I was pleased with her performance. The following day consisted of the same course which had been altered in height. Having had the last fence down the previous day, I was determined to produce a clear, therefore, I made certain that we did not make the same mistake as before, causing me to ride to the last fence differently. This strategy paid off as Lasina and I produced a clear round, resulting in a team score of 0. This therefore meant an overall result of the Norfolk Team winning the Gold Medal, which we were ecstatic about. The show was a great success and was a wonderful experience to win a team event alongside my friends.

After the Academy Teams Lasina had a well-deserved rest, which consisted of hacking out and light schooling at home until our next show, towards the beginning of September.

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