Victoria Bax - Ending the year in style!

Alberta’s Pride completed his “part” season by jumping our very first double clear at BE100 level at South of England at the end of September and then did the same at Tweseldown BE100 at the beginning of October; however we managed to pick up a handful of speeding penalties which pushed us just outside the top ten.

Every day and every event he is making progress, growing stronger and re-educating muscle memory, but there is still a long way to go for this talented young chap. Sadly he didn’t make it to our final event of the  season due to lorry problems at 6am on the morning of the event which I sadly was not able to fix in time, so I went back to bed with the hump!

Overall an educational season for him as due to the wet weather at the start of the year he missed his first run therefore had to move straight up to BE100 level which he did with ease.  He became a sick note again part way through the year so enjoyed a couple of quiet months before coming back out again to prove he is confidently a BE100 horse now!

He will continue to be worked throughout the winter in more consistent work then will hopefully come out next season on fire!

At the end of September, Alberta’s Rose was “Hoodwinked” into being part of the Quadrille business again for a second time this year; only this time on behalf of Billericay & District Riding Club in their debut Quadrille appearance.  

After a few more team practises, we had an extremely late night arriving home at gone midnight following the Quadrille competition, but all was worth it as we did what we went to do and qualified for the Quadrille Finals in November at The All Star Gala Weekend at Bury Farm, which means poor Alberta’s Rose didn’t get to go on her holidays as soon as she would have hoped!

Two days after this, Alberta’s Rose completed her final event of the season at Little Downham where she contended the BE Novice again.  And what better way for her to finish her cracking 2018 Eventing season than by jumping a super easy peasy double clear but this time inside the time to finish on her dressage score and bag 3rd place in the Novice! Woohooooooo ????????????

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Alberta’s Rose my 8 year old, full thoroughbred mare, who I picked up from Ascot sales in 2014, backed and broke myself, has really come out this season with huge amounts of confidence and really upped her game.  She has finished in the top ten at all bar one of her events this season, and that was due to me encountering a Sat Nav error on course at Keysoe and bagging far too many time penalties!

She has finished first in two events, one BE100 at Brightling Park and one 100+ Area 8 Riding Club Qualifier at Little Downham.

She has made the jump up to BE Novice extremely easily this season with two 3rd place finishes out of 3, again my Sat Nav error put pay to that!

As a result of these two finishes I am hoping that she has nailed two Regional Final Qualifications but I am still awaiting confirmation of these.  Our aim for next season will most definitely be to qualify for the British Novice Championships at Gatcombe.

And if this was not enough of her talent, in November she became part of the SEIB Riding Club National Quadrille Champions Team on behalf of Billericay Riding Club at The All Stars Gala Evening at Bury Farm. Not only did our team win it, we absolutely smashed it by 11 marks!

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Finally I have recently spent the day with a journalist and photographer putting together a series of features which will be published in the not too distant future by one of the leading National Equestrian Magazines. I can’t wait to see the finished articles.

I would like to thank everyone; sponsors and supports too for their continued support throughout this year and wish everyone an amazing Christmas and an outstanding New Year.