We had a great day yesterday at the NSEA SJ Competition at West Wilts Equestrian Centre. My great team of Hattie, Alex and Maria helped us get the big blue lorry packed for the first time this year!
Sunfield Elspeth, Belaero, Mandorior and Britannia's Mail all looked amazing, thanks to The Pure Feed Company, and Ellie looked very smart in her Mark Todd Collection gear, Gatehouse hat, Freejump stirrups and Rodney Powell body protector.
Sunfield Elspeth's owner, Chris Emmett, came and supported me until Alex and Maria arrived in time for Mandorior and Britannia's Mail's classes. Sunfield Elspeth and the Dauntsey's Equestrian team finished 5th in a huge 85cm XC/SJ class and Belaero jumped a super clear in the 95 XC/SJ and just one pole at the second last in the 105 XC/SJ. We are really pleased with our new little pony!
Mandorior then did two confident rounds outside in the windy rain with a pole in the 1m (Ellie blamed herself) and went first in the 110cm and had the same pole down. We were still very happy considering it was his first SJ show since Bicton last October.
The best man came out last. Britannia's Mail jumped a perfect, fast, smooth clear in his only class to finish a very credible 4th in tough company. He really is so genuine, especially when the fillers under the last fence blew down on his approach and the two ring stewards were trying their best to sort them and everyone called out to stand back just in time for the coolest stallion to jump it confidently!
I was most pleased with Ellie who rode 6 rounds, 5 different courses and 4 completely different horses and stayed calm and focussed all day. Thank you to all our sponsors and thank you to the volunteer team at West Wilts EC for being so patient and helpful.
Ellie Fredericks & Britannia's Mail
Ellie Fredericks & Belaero