Our FFE Debut!

Things I learned today

Even half a mug of tea is enough to make me need the loo more often than is comfortable

Flurry is a great colour to hide dried mud

It DOES get colder when the sun rises – who knew?

Warm-up arenas in France are just like warm-up arenas in Ireland.  Except we had the added distraction of a jumping course being built as we warmed up

(Huge thanks to my LongSufferingHusband for fighting off the effects of jet-lag and a 16 hour journey to come along and take photos.  And get up at 6am.  And stand around in the cold all morning.)

Warm up photos (click for slideshow) :

More things I learned today :

After 16 months of not competing, Flurry will get a little excited at the start, but nothing scary (phew)

People warm-up on frozen arenas here without complaint (my SMD friends will understand)

Flurry is 100% comfortable cantering barefoot on a frozen arena (go Team Barefoot!)

Paying attention to your trainer is always worthwhile

Not only was I not allowed to carry a whip, but I wasn’t allowed to do rising trot, either.  Oops.

Entering HC in France does not necessarily mean you won’t get a prize if you’re placed.

Flurry now has minions.  Here he is with one of them :


More fab photos from the LSH :

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It felt like the best test I’d ever ridden, but you never know…

We scored a staggering 73.667%!!  When I looked closer, I saw I’d only received a 2 for Position and Seat, with trot elevé (rising trot) the first and foremost of my listed faults.  The other collective marks were 7s or 8s, so I can assume I should have had at least a 7 there – approximately 2% thrown away for stupidity!

On the other side of the coin, we scored a 9! for our half ten-metre circle down the centre-line to the final halt.  Nine!  All because I listened to Alexandrine when she told me to ride the half circle a bit bigger – I was essentially riding a half a 7 metre circle, making life much more complicated than it need be.  Hooray for listening to trainers!

Speaking of which, Team Alexandrine had three of the top six placings in out test.  Kanzi and Nero where 1st, Flurry and I were 5th and Slyvie and Tara were 6th.  Kanzi and her brother Chawgi also rode in the Equifun class and were 4th and 3rd respectively in that.

Team Alexandrine (except for Sylvie & Tara)

Team Alexandrine (except for Sylvie & Tara)

The final thing I learned today :

I’ll never be able to compete Aero at any level here unless I figure out how to sit to his trot.  That’ll be fun.  Not.


We’re off out for dinner tonight to celebrate loads of things –

the successful inaugural running of the LSH’s photography course

our friend’s new movie winning two prizes at the Bordeaux film festival

my FFE debut with my amazing little horse ♥

16 thoughts on “Our FFE Debut!

  1. Hurrah for Team Alexandrine and Team Flurry! Good for you–sounds like a fun day all around. What’s with the freezing weather there? It looks like the weather we’ve had here in Maine!


  2. You did fantastic!! Kudos to you! What a guy, your husband’s photography is exceptional with “canter the other way” being my fav foto. Flurry cleans up nice, he is gorgeous! Congrats to you & Team Alexandrine.


  3. Congratulations, what wonderful scores! Odd about the sitting trot. New winter challenge?

    “Not on your life!” is “Jamais de la vie!” according to my high school French textbook. “Trot eleve? Jamais de la vie!”


    • I think I’ll have to get more serious about yoga in order to loosen up my back in order to cope with Mr Bounce – I mean Aero. But I will remember “Trot elevé? Jamais de la vie!” for sure! Thanks!


    • It was cold.. -5C when we got to the farm, 23F
      But it warmed up quickly, by 9.30 it was quite pleasant. I think it’s easier to ride in this than it was to ride during the hot weather


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