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.
Dear Mr So sporting his new rug with a large embroidery comprising wording and golden salamanders. A slight improvement made on his scores from the previous week so onwards and upwards.
Well, unfortunately things didnt all go to plan! Next weekend we need less time spent warming up, less nerves and hopefully no more very costly rider errors. On the bright side, our trot up was very good and we had a fantastic time meeting up with all the other British Squad pony riders. Mr So will be strutting his stuff at Addington this coming weekend and hopefully things will be better. Good luck Bonnie and Solo.