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Report on Caroline Geary’s London & South East Dressage to Music Adventures

Sunday 20 October 2013

Caroline Geary and Jaycourt represented Breakspear Riding Club at the Area 6 Dressage to Music Qualifier at BCA

in June, where they came 4th. We were later informed that they had qualified for the London & South East Championships held at Sands Farm near Horsham.

Jaycourt (Jay) is a 15.1hh, 19 year old grey Welsh Cob/TB, who was bought for Caroline 8 years ago by her husband, as a Christmas present.  He originally was intended as a happy hacker, but he and Caroline have done well at unaffiliated dressage for a few years and have recently been attempting elementary.  They did their first music competition in October 2012 and came 2nd at the Chiltern & Thames Rider Championships.  More recently they have been trying their hands and hooves at affiliated dressage to music with success.

Caroline thinks that coming from Wales Jay is naturally musical and his Welsh background has influenced their choice of music.

At the qualifier they rode to YMCA, Music to Watch Girls By, Andy Williams, Love Comes Quickly by the Pet Shop Boys and In The Army Now by Status Quo. Caroline reviewed their music before the Final and rode to a Tom Jones compilation.

The venue for the Championship is some distance away and as Caroline did not have anyone volunteering as a groom, she decided to hire transport and a driver (a lady she had used previously).  Apart from awful early morning weather everything appeared well organised, however there was a juddering of the wheel on the way there, so they took it very slowly and arrived about an hour before their allotted time. The lorry driver decided she had better call out the RAC.  They arrived very promptly and declared the lorry unfit as 2 of the 4 bolts that held the front wheel had sheared, so the wheel could have come off at any time!  It then became necessary to organise both a transporter for the lorry and driver to get them home and transport for Caroline and Jay.

All this was before Caroline was even tacked up!

Anyway Antonia Thoday (OBH) very kindly said that if nothing materialised by the time she was planning to leave (4.00pm as she was also doing the Costume Class) she could squeeze Jaycourt onto her lorry, although Caroline was not sure if there was room for her as well.

As Caroline and Jaycourt rode into the prize giving at 2.00pm they had still not heard back from RAC horse transport and at that stage Caroline had said to Antonia that she would be most grateful for a lift, however as they rode out 10 minutes later a huge blue 9 horse transporter had arrived just for them!  As soon as they were ready Jay was loaded into this luxury ride and they then sat on the M25 for ages, although they did arrive home at about 5.00pm.  The poor original lady driver did not get home with her lorry until 8.00pm

In spite of all this drama, Caroline and Jay came 3rd with a score of 69.4%.  Understandably, Caroline is very proud of her little horse and we are proud that she represented the Club so well in spite of such trying circumstances.  Real grit and determination!  She has put in a request that we arrange better weather in the future, as it rained both for the qualifier and Championship.