Bonnie and Fin represented GB again in early March at Keysoe CDI. Plans didnt go quite so well with results being 6th Pony Team Test, 9th Pony Individdual Test and 6th Freestyle Music.
Bonnie and Fin C WE had the most amazing show at Nice CDI, France winning the hattrick of the FEI Pony Team class, the FEI Pony Individual class and the FEI Pony Freestyle to Music class for Great Britain.
Pony Team Class s core 68% - Pony Individual Class 71.49% - Pony Freestyle Class 73.49%
It took us two days to travel the 1000kms to Nice. The first night we stopped over at Dijon and we were quite worried as Fin had not managed the journey as well as he normally would. After much walking and keeping an eye on him throughout the night, we soldiered on and reached Nice after about 8 hours.
The organisers were very understanding and the following morning Fin was allowed to stretch his legs in one of the lunge pens. Luckily he had spent a much better night and was absolutely on form after a roll and play in the sand. He floated through the trot up, with Bonnie having to make sure he didnt get away from her with his enthusiasm!
The Pony Team Test was a nerve wracking experience with Bonnie being extremely tense but Fin took her safely round and they won with a 3% margin. The following day Bonnie was on top form and managed a personal best score and again a 3% margin. Anyone that knows Bonnie will know how she particularly hates the Freestyle class and she was so nervous at the start of the class. However, her sponsor, Ros Emery-Kay, told her to listen to her music and watch a previous film of her riding to it which helped emensely and they scored another personal best with one judge giving them a score of 77%!!!
The trip home was quite eventful and Fin travelled much better. We decided to push on for home on the second day, rather than do another stopover and reached home at 4am.
To stay that it was cold at Leir was a complete understatement - minus 14 and snowy all week with frozen lorry water tanks and toilet all week!
Bonnie rode a safe Pony Team Test on the first day of competition, coming 14th overall - the other brits, Izzy Lickley and Lilah Gibbs, were 12th and 13th respectively and all on 65%.
After must discussion and looking at videos of the test, Team Bourne decided to take a chance and push the boundaries in the Pony Individual Test the following day. We were either going to do very well or bomb - unfortunately we bombed :( However, the scores that were gained on the bits where Fin decided not to have a complete melt down were much improved on the Pony Team Test - it was just very unfortunate that he managed to meltdown on one of the double marks sections.
Anyway, we all learned a lot and had a fabulous time and made new friends so no bad thing.
We are so proud to announce that Bonnie and Fin have been selected to represent Great Britain at Leir CDI, Belgium at the end of Feb/beginning of March.
Bonnie and Fin C WE wowed the GB Pony Selectors at the British Dressage Pony Viewing Day at the end of September to gain a place on the Pony Prime Squad - hooray!
Amazing results for Bonnie Bourne and Twyford Salamander at their international debut. An amazing 5th place in the Pony Team Test, another 5th in the Pony Individual Test and 6th in the Pony Kur.
The white saddlecloth (which I was saving for a special embroidery from the Winter Nationals) was finally embroidered with Bonnies first Union Flag. Lets hope it is the first of many .....
Twyford Salamander and 14 year old Bonnie Bourne achieved a fab 3rd place at the British Dressage Winter Champs in the Medium Silver section of the Pet Plan Annual Final. So proud..... just cant wait to get an embroidery on that lovely white saddlecloth........
FEI Test Riding in early February went reasonably well with a score of 64+% but no mistakes for dear old Mr So, being placed middle of the pack of 22.