I had a fantastic week in Compiegne. Jack and I gained invaluable experience and I really enjoyed watching the 5* nations cup where some of the world's best riders were competing. We were there until Sunday morning, meaning we only got to watch the first round of the nations cup, the riders all rode the Grand Prix. Then they went through to either the Grand Prix Special, or the Freestyle which I got to watch on live stream whilst in the lorry driving to Germany albeit not the best connection!
There were at least 8 arenas at the showground, and I took Jack into all of them to ride around and desensitize him. I felt it helped him a lot to have to go and get on with his work without getting distracted and it really helped in his tests, so some real progress made there!
We did not achieve our best scores at this show, due to some rider errors (losing stirrup in the middle of the changes) and also some surface water on the arena which made for a bit of tension. However, it was a great success for his first international and hopefully many more to come. Thank you as always to Anna Ross for giving me the opportunity to travel with you and taking me to the most amazing shows.
Alex Baker, 25 year old Irish international dressage rider; works for Anna Ross. Competing International Grand Prix. Keep up to date with my progress!