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18 September 2008 – Nationals Day 1

Today I was running in the Prix St George Championship. I wasn't due to compete until 2.27 so I rode Aristo out in the morning for a leg stretch thinking the longer he is out of his tiny stable the better really! After watching the classes for a bit and some lunch, it was soon time to get ready to compete. I went to get changed, psyching myself into the zone listening to upbeat music, usually it is Bon Jovi, but today I fancied listening to 'The Enemy'! I then bounced back to the stables to plait and bandage Aristo and after mum's usual nagging 'Have you thought through your test malarkey' we were ready to go and get warmed up. I was a little concerned as Emile couldn't really help me to warm up because he was competing at the same time in the Inter 11. Determined to stick to our usual warm up plan and not let it bother me, Aristo actually felt very good and really up for it! When they called me to go I was feeling surprisingly confident and thought 'lets just go and enjoy it'. Afterwards I was pleased as we had done a mistake free test and it was probably the most harmonious we have done. Basking in the loveliness of my test I was soon snapped sharply out of it by Emile telling me I didn't go for it enough! This in mind, I was still thrilled with our performance and feel Aristo's confidence in me is really growing. We ended up placed 4th which was an added bonus really! Of course the placings are important but my aim of these Nationals is to set Aristo up for the future, working on his confidence and ring-craft, and to be placed so high up was brilliant. Mum dad my brother and I had a nice meal in the hotel and then I was shattered so after a last check on Aristo, betty and I hit the hay for the night.

17 September 2008 – Arriving at Nationals

Was up early to ride all the horses and finish packing before we leave. I just walked out Aristo in hand because im going to ride him this afternoon when we arrive. We set off at lunchtime and thankfully had a very easy journey down to stoneleigh. Slight panic when we arrived as the warm up arenas shut at 7pm and by then it was 6.15! Threw the tack at Aristo and jumped on taking him straight round for a leg stretch. He was very well behaved and apparently totally by accident we had timed it really well as earlier there had been up to 50 horses all trying to work at once resulting in total chaos! He settled well in his stable, though we almost had to reverse him in as he is so large and can only just turn round with his head touching the canvas when he looks out! Thankfully he is reasonably laid back so is seeming to cope with it okay.

16 September 2008 – Getting Ready for the Nationals

Spent all day organising, sorting and packing as we are leaving for the Nationals tomorrow. Not sure we will have space to put Aristo in our huge lorry after all the stuff has gone in... may have to re-think tetrus - style packing! Then went out with my good friend Samantha Harrison and our mums for a double birthday celebration - it was Sams birthday a couple of weeks ago and mums is tomorrow.

20 August 2008 – Aristo On Form!

Aristo and I have now qualified for the National Championships at Stoneleigh Park 18th - 21st September at PSG and Inter 1 Level.

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27 July 2008 – Hickstead CDI Music time!

The final day and music time! We had never done a competitive music class together until today and its safe to say mum was a little neurotic about it! Its fantastic, she does all the stressing for me so I don't have to! I love doing the music and besides, all you have to do is make sure you are facing the right way on the centre line at the end, right?! The music I chose was all Oasis music and though made for my other horse Chunky, it fits Aristo well.

We had put together a reasonably simple floor plan, as I didn't want to put too much pressure on him for his first one. We were nearly last to go and bar a couple of communication errors, I was thrilled with how relaxed he stayed and how much he trusted me. We managed to just pip into the lead, which I was so thrilled about as a lot of the other combinations have done their music tests on numerous occasions! I really feel that we have grown together at this competition and it's a fantastic start to our competitive career together. I can't wait for what the future will bring, I am so excited! Though not so excited about the six-hour drive home ahead of us...luckily tomorrow is a very well-earned day off for everyone!

25 July 2008 – Hickstead CDI Young Rider Individual

Individual competition. Today we had to ride the Prix St George Test and I was drawn the opposite to yesterday, very early to go in the class! This was actually a bit better for us as it was before it got too hot. We went in and did a better test than the day before; it was clean and secure, though I think I could have asked him for a bit more power. We went into the lead and then all we could do was wait!

As the scores come up when each competitor competes comparing their marks to the leaders, there were some nail biting moments! After a torturous few hours we were victorious again, though this time in the prize giving I think Aristo had a good idea of what was coming next when it was lap of honour time!

24 July 2008 – HIckstead CDI Young Rider Team Test

I was drawn quite late to go in the Young Rider Team test, which meant I could watch the first few go and get a feel for how everything was running. By the time I got on to warm up, it was mid-day and very hot! We produced a good test, though with a couple of green mistakes as our partnership is still very new. this is still only our third competition together! I was pleased that Aristo is starting to trust me in the ring and that we had done a good first test to build on.

I was shocked when Dad came running over to me and told me we had won! We had a lot of fun in the prize giving, Aristo stood perfectly still for the National Anthem and pictures. We had a great lap of honour and I think Aristo was very pleased with himself back in the stable and enjoying his new superstar status. So pleased that he took a nice chunk out of my arm! He was politely reminded his head wasn't to get too large, just yet! We then spent the afternoon basking in the rare English sunshine resulting in some very dodgy tan lines.

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