Kelsey Rothery- Update
Our October started off with Equidays, where I was very busy trying to fit in a class per day as well as helping with the Beyond the Barriers competition whenever I could! I had a super show in terms of competition, we jumped a nice quiet clear in the 1.10m on the first day on Friday to set us up for the Amateur the following day, which was the main aim of my weekend. I was absolutely rapt to jump double clear in the Amateur class the next day, with a speedy jump off to finish 2nd! I was really hoping for a nice rug for the winner of class but had to be happy with 2nd as he jumped well and it’s hard to be competing against the straight showjumpers and it was my only SJ start of the season. I then had the 1.15 Derby the next day, which I won last year, but I decided to go a little quieter as it was the 3rd day of the competition and didn’t want to push him too hard so I was still rapt to finish 4th-only a few seconds off the winner on a clear round out of a big field! My daughter Harriet and I also had a chance to check out a few shops which was fun! It was a bright sunny day so headed to Equestrian Central to say hello to Lucy and buy Harriet a little Dublin hat which she was rapt about. My brown Galtymore boots got lots of comments, I just love how they look with the navy DB1 helmet as well.
The end of October I headed down to Arran Station to give my first 2* on Gaz a go-it’s been a long time since I’ve jumped that big and Gaz’s first start at that level so was pretty terrified! He was an absolute star all weekend, putting together a respectable dressage test (except for bucking during the canter-taking great offence to my tails!) and jumped an absolute super double clear, with just some time on the XC. I was over the moon to see I had finished 3rd, with both the horses ahead of me seasoned 3* horses with professional riders onboard!! So happy with the horse I have produced myself from scratch off the track-it makes all the long hours, sweat and tears worth it! Hopefully we looked the part in our all navy Dublin ensemble for the cross country too!
November was a quiet month with only Rotorua planned, I decided to drop him back to 1* level just to give him an easier run as he tied up very badly after the XC at Arran Station. I think it was our best dressage test to date, to sit in 3rd place. with him now feeling very established at this level. We continued our good track record in the SJ (we haven’t had a rail this season!) to jump clear. It rained and rained and rained the whole weekend so time was influential on the cross country and I was very pleased to be sitting on a speedy, light on his feet Thoroughbred. We skipped in bang on optimum time to take the win out in the CIC1* class! What a season we’ve had with two wins at 1* level and 3rd at our first 2*! I’m so lucky to have such a consistent horse who tries his best in every phase.
I was supposed to be doing the Waikato Showjumping in the start of December but unfortunately due to the inclement weather it was cancelled! Then Gaz hit his leg in the paddock so had to cancel going to the Christmas Class SJ show at Taupo which was a real shame, so decided to give him an early holiday and aim for the showjumping at Kihikihi in the New Year.
I made it up to the Weatherbeeta warehouse sale which was amazing-I spent far too much and completely filled up my car boot but it was worth it! I managed to snag 3 pairs of Dublin leather boots which was amazing, as they’re my absolute fave and kitted out the whole family in new gear. I also managed to grab a few pairs of the sample breeches at a great price which is awesome for home wear. Plus a black DB1 dazzle helmet too-the DB1 helmet is the best fitting most comfortable helmet I’ve ever owned so it was good to get one in black. Nice to be able to quickly catch up with the team as well.
Thank you again for your support this season-hopefully I’ve done the Dublin clothing justice! Looking forward to seeing the new drop early next year and seeing what goodies are heading my way!
Have a lovely Xmas and hopefully Santa comes with some Dublin gear-my pick would be the Galtymore boots and one of the Dublin Black helmets!