Posted by: rstor | November 15, 2011

Bristol-based event rider Polly Tucker, of PRT Eventing, shares her news and views in her first blog for Equine, Canine & Country Life

Hello and welcome to my column for Equine, Country and Canine Life.  Well, it has been an exciting few months since I last wrote! With my horse Blue, or Blue Rangoon, I competed at the Pony Club Open Eventing Area 14 qualifiers at Bovington Equestrian centre, where dressage star Jennie Loriston Clarke was judging – what an honour! Blue and I finished 7th individually, a great result.

I am also pleased to report that Blue and I have qualified for the Pony Club National Championships in the Open class, which take place in Derbyshire. I am so excited about the PC Championships, our first time in the Open class; I will let you know how we get on in next month’s column!

In other news, I have a new loan horse – Skywatch, or Sky to his friends, a former three star / advanced event horse. Sky was previously evented to this level with four star rider Joe Meyer, and our first month together has already seen us come equal sixth in the high-performance Badminton dressage qualifier at Burrows Court.

Recently, at Wilton Horse Trials, I competed both Blue and Sky in the Open Novice class, and gained qualification on both horses to The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe – very exciting!

Sky is definitely finding his feet, but also becoming quite headstrong in the show jumping – I may even try a stronger bit, so we have the accuracy that is required. Finding Sky was wonderful and definitely ‘meant to be’, as in early 2011 I lost my top event horse, Awesome, to heart problems.

I am pleased to be sponsored by the RS-tor rider safety aid, which attaches to the saddle stirrup bars; it is great when you are schooling at home or competing in unaffiliated cross country events to feel so anchored in the saddle. It could stop a rider having a very nasty fall. See http://www.rstor.co.uk. To read more visit http://prteventing.weebly.com

 

 


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