Becci completes Chatsworth Horse Trials on her young horse Candy - What a result!

Young Event rider Becci and her horse Candy do well at Chatsworth Horse Trials 

Becci continues.... 
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hotos credit Nick Gill Photography and Helen Slinn)
This month has been a total whirlwind; as I write this I have just completed Chatsworth 2013 horse trials with my self produced horse Candy Blue. I never believed that as a 4 year old she would be competing at my local prestigious event, but we did and she totally blew me away.  
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In my preparation for such a big event I got the usual ups and downs, work suffered, stress levels went through the roof and dressage became frustrating, but deep down I couldn't wait to tackle Chatsworth again. 
The week before Chatsworth I took Candy to Moreton Morrell for the Novice and a 33.5 dressage test put us in the top 10 for the first time, a personal best, Celebrations all round!
A double clear kept us in contention and we were placed 3rd, my best achievement to date and Candy's best ever placing. 
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Our performance at Moreton Morrell gave Candy and me so much confidence to the build up to Chatsworth, which was creeping up on us fast. 
Chatsworth is my local event being only 20 minutes away and the support we received was amazing, but with support comes pressure. 
Candy and I did our dressage on the Friday afternoon, unfortunately we both carried a little tension and consequently scored a 37.5, however everyone knows at Chatsworth it's not just about dressage, so I was really looking forward to the Saturday and the rest of the competition. 
Saturday arrives and the show jumping was causing the usual problems, however I was feeling quietly confident this being one of Candy's strongest phases.  We went in and she jumped out of her skin and she produced a clear round‚Äö√Ѭ∂. I don't think I breathed the whole way round.
There were only 10 clear rounds in my section which moved us into the top 10, I knew then we had a chance and had to really go for it in the challenging cross country course if we wanted to stay there. 
The cross country arrived and Candy never questioned anything and flew round, only 6 seconds over the optimum time so we had 2.8 to add to our score to finish on 39.9. 
At every fence we had someone cheering us on - It was lovely, the support we had was just amazing.  At the finish I immediately looked at the scoreboard to find we had come 9th, I was delighted. Candy's first Chatsworth and a top 10 placing was more then I could ask for.
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It wasn't until I went up to collect my ribbon, that I was informed that I had won the best local prize, Excitement took over as this has always been an ambition of mine and it had come true. 
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to support Candy & I that day, we loved every minute and cannot wait to go back and do it all over again next year! Thank you to my sponsors Blue Chip feed, Caviera Bedding, Emvelo, Super X Country, Little Chalk Horse Clothing, Hedcamz without your support my horses wouldn't be in the form they are. Rich Neale for his constant help, great photography and encouragement. My incredible mum and groom whom I wouldn't be here without, and any one in-between who has helped and supported me along the way.
So what's next?
With Candy feeling on top form and our partnership growing stronger and stronger, we have decided to tackle a 1 star at Brand Hall in June. Not forgetting my fabulous young horse Lady, who might not be getting the attention she deserves at the minute but she is coming up quietly and extremely fast behind Candy and I am very excited about what she has to offer moving up the levels. With a faultless record this season and placing at Bradwall (6th) and Llanymynech (7th) she will soon be stepping up to BE100 level. 
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