6 September Oscar and Stanley faced 'absolutely vile' weather at the National Schools Equestrian Championships (NSEA), and this largely affected Oscar & Stan’s dressage. It became disappointingly clear to Oscar after the dressage that he probably wasn’t going to get placed even if he went double clear showjumping and cross country. With this in mind, and such wet and slippery conditions, without studs, Oscar took the sensible approach of putting his pony’s welfare first and he decided to just take it steady, and not risk any injury. Tying knots in his reins to stop his wet hands slipping, Oscar safely piloted Stan round the showjumping with some time faults, and then went on to have a lovely steady cross country run, clearing all the jumps to come back beaming.
The experience taught Oscar that sometimes you have to make some tough decisions, and that his pony’s welfare will always come first for him, even if it means sacrificing the chance of a placing or rosette. But he says he is looking forward to representing Brockhurst again soon at some more NSEA competitions….maybe some nice dry indoor showjumping!