Last week I arrived back from a brilliant trip to Hickstead CDI. Worldly Wise passed trot up on the wednesday preparing us for what was the best international result I have had in the Junior Team test. We came 4th with 66% (two judges having us on close to 68%) which was a massive achievement for both of us considering our hard training over the past few months to better our ability. Certain circumstances meant the individual test on the following day did not go quite to plan (mainly because of the shocking weather), however this did not dampen the high spirits from Thursdays achievement. It was an exciting, memorable and fun experience for myself and everyone behind me where I managed to move up 127 places in the Junior FEI world ranking and became the 8th best Italian Junior rider. Thank you to everyone for their priceless amounts of support, onwards to our next competition...
May and June sure have been a busy and stressful two months involving my final exams to end college. Now they are finally over, I have a very exciting season to look forward to and into my gap year before I attend university.
During the last few months (and following Keysoe CDI in March), our partnership has grown greatly. Last week we competed at Hickstead Premier League coming 3rd in our first Young Rider Individual attempt. Over my exams, my normal training routine was challenging, however Will tired his best for me and I was very glad we had a go!
In June, myself and Will were told we reached the Italian European Championship short list. This was a massive achievement to be amongst some top riders in my field. Sadly we did not reach the core four team, however it was a dream come true to be in contention, putting us both in a positive position to aim for the Young Rider European Team in 2018.
Next week I have another lesson with both David and Alison in preparation for the Petplan festival competing at PSG level. Also, we have lots of local competitions coming up to practice my new music floor plan as I have been chosen to represent Italy at the end of July during Hickstead CDI.
A few more bits of news to announce over the next month so keep your eyes peeled...
Our first competition of the season was at Addington Manor High Profile. We came 6th in the Advanced Medium silver section and in the top 15 overall amongst a hot and large class on 65.2%. Despite a few blips, our training is definitely paying off in the arena by receiving positive comments from the judges. After a super weekend away, I used the comments I received to better my next performance. This was at Merrist Wood where we competed at a different level; Advanced. Will excelled all of my expectations and grew in confidence as we started our test. We finished on 66.4% coming 3rd by 0.4%. We gained some great marks that secured our position to start working towards and competing at PSG level.
With many more competitions planned in the coming weeks, I'm really looking forward to finalising my Italian qualification and to work towards my Junior International debut.
More updates to come...
I'm delighted to say I am now sponsored by KUDU!
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