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Massey ODE

June 12th, 2008 by Matt

I meant to post this ages ago but I have been waiting on the accompanying photos. In a recent post I alluded to Madeleine winning her last equestrian event (pre-car accident). In the last few years she has resumed her sporting interest in horse riding and when our daughter Sheridan bought her horse Trogdor the Burninator (Troggy for short) and had some behavioural problems with him, Madeleine took him on and got him sorted out.

Troggy appeared to not have had any jumping or showing or eventing experience and as Sherry wanted to do pony club Madeleine taught him how to jump and entered him in a couple of events. At his first event, a darby day which is cross country jumping mixed with show jumping stations, they were placed 5th. Which was pretty good for a first outing for Troggy and for Madeleine’s first outing in 15 years.

A few weeks later though at the Massey One Day Event (ODE) an event comprising of a Dressage test, a Showjumping round and Cross Country jumping round Madeleine and Troggy found themselves placed second in the Dressage. They went on to jump clear in the showjumping and clear in the cross country. The rider ahead of Madeleine at the close of the dressage did not ride clear so Madeleine won first place.

Here is Madeleine following the prizegiving with her Blue Dressage Rosette and her Red First Place Overall Rosette.

Here they are clearing the last jump of the Cross Country, securing their win.

Madeleine had hoped to compete on Troggy for the rest of the season and to have brought him up a couple of levels for Sherry but the car accident has put this on hold.

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  • “Here they are clearing the last jump of the Cross Country”
    Had it not been solid we may not have cleared it – he tried to walk across it naughty sod! He jumps a lot better these days… from what I can observe from the ground.
    .-= My last blog-post ..Madeleine on TV Tonight: Pacific Viewpoint on Abortion & Parental Consent =-.

  • helooked like he was having fun

  • He was nervy and go-ey in the dressage, he really had to be pushed and steered in the showjumping but he was very keen on the cross country, he was like a coiled spring at the start and when we were off he was forward, smooth, steady, relaxed and he sailed over everything for the first half of the course – he was really good. Then the course went past where the other horses were tied up… From there he kept trying to stop, kept trying to walk, kept trying to just step over everything instead of jump it.
    Still, I wasn’t having any of it and made him do it and we picked up the win.
    That was his first ODE so I hope he is behaving better than that for you!

  • yea he is we are going to a dressage day and are doing the hardest test well my sis is (im to scared)