Alex Norris – a great start to 2016

What a good start to the 2016 season!

Junior training: I had our first training session with the Juniors. Minnie Moo produced some good work, and having worked hard on the dressage all winter with Mum it was pleasing to have a very positive lesson with Rob Lumb before our first competition.

Combined training: We then braved the weather to do a combined training as our warm up for the BE Open Novice at Moreton, and it paid off with an improved dressage and a clear XC within the time.  Just an unfortunate 4 faults show jumping cost us a place but we were pleased with Minnie’s performance even if we were towed in and towed out due to the wet conditions!

First Intermediate: After some more fitness work we arrived at Aldon for my first BE Intermediate and Minnie Moo didn’t disappoint. She flew round the XC with a great clear and only a few time faults.  4 faults show jumping and a little tension in the dressage meant we finished 13th, which was very pleasing for our first time. My sponsor Nicola Nicholls of WOW Saddles (in photo) came to support me which was lovely. I couldn’t do it without my WOW!  Our next event together is a Junior Trial at Weston Park in April.

Other horses out soon: Riki (Dassett Two For Joy) starts the seasons with a BE Open Novice under 18 at Goring Heath, so we have been working on his fitness and Mum has been helping me with the dressage which is steadily improving. He was in great form cross country schooling and he too has a combined training coming up to prepare for Goring. We are hopefully aiming him for a 1* this year.

Frank, rising 6, is the newcomer.  His posh name is Lexico, by Remexico out of On Probation, and owned by my aunt Judith Leggatt. He has been out to an evening unaffiliated dressage as a warm up for his first pony club event in the Easter holidays. He did a good test despite it being past his bedtime! He really jumped well when we took him XC schooling so we are hoping for a good result at the event.

And more opportunities: Another positive is that I have been selected to attend an assessment day for the Pony Club Riders Development Pathway. Fingers crossed it goes well!