Sorry for the delay folks, I'm a touch on the busy side at the moment (for the last 6 months actually) and my blog, I realise, has been woefully neglected. Sheepy photo updates to com very soon. For now here are the photos from my TREK attempts.
My kind friends at Brenfield Farm and Argyll Trail Riding allowed me to ride their horse Brenfield Alfie in a national TREK Qualifier competition held on their estate last weekend. Alfie and I have been getting to know eachother for some time now and I ride him a few times a week. He's an old chap at 22, but still looking in superb condition. He's a school master who is the perfect confidence builder since he takes such care of whoever is on board. However he knows all the tricks of the trade when it comes to getting his own way and is just a tad lazy!
Alfie and I tried our hands, and hooves, at the Level 2 test which comprises an orienteering course on the first day of up to 20km followed by a Control of Paces test and a "PTV" course on the second day.
It was rather a hot day for a very long and dusty ride and I was worried to push Alfie hard for fear of him becoming dehydrated. Of course this was just me being overcautious since when I had Alfie looked over at a check point he was of course absolutely fine. Apart from our lack of pace we did very well. My map reading skills are not too rusty at all and we got around the course easily.
jumping ditches and crossing bridges
And joyfully cantering for home!
I was very pleased with the scores that Alfie and I acheived for individual obstacles and they demonstrate how much my riding has come on. Unfortunately I made a silly mistake and Alfie and I completed one of the higher level obstacles instead of the easier one we were supposed to do. Despite the fact that we completed it perfectly this resulted in our losing all of our points for the PTV course. Ah well, that's just the way it goes sometimes! I was pleased to see that some of my friends made a rather better job of it than me!