Katie Radzik at Keysoe CPEDI 1* and 3*
Monday morning, 30th September we set off to Keysoe CPEDI from Kent at 7:30am. Loui is competing in the 3* and Iba is competing in the 1*. This is our last international competition this year which I do feel sad about as I love competing, but it will give Loui a good break until February when we will be competing in the Para Winter Championships.
We arrived at Keysoe at about 12pm and took the horses straight off the lorry where they were both vet checked (a standard procedure) before going to the stables. This time I’m pleased to say both Loui and Iba are stabled next to each other, as they weren't when we went to Hartpury.
Once the horses were settled with hay and water, we gave Loui his Saracen Re-Covery Mash and went back to the lorry to get ready for the trot up. We filled our trolley with the grooming kit and bridles and headed back to the stables to get the horses ready to be presented. Before we took the horses to to the trot up, I took Iba to the lunge pen to lunge her as she was rather fresh, rearing in the stable is not required.
I ran both horses in the trot up myself, I must be getting quicker! I’m pleased to say that the horses were very well behaved and both Iba and Loui passed the trot up 😃.
Later that evening, feeling very tired, we made sure both horses were settled with lots of hay. Tonight I rode Iba and she eventually settled and was a very good girl, I am hoping she will be settled tomorrow in her test.
Tuesday 1st October
We had an early start this morning. We got the horses were mucked out and fed ready for the day to start.
First test was Iba in the novice test A. There were a few iffy moments but at least she didn’t rear, so that was a bonus. Our score wasn't great, however and unfortunately came last.
After riding Iba, mum and I decided give Loui leg stretch and get him out in the fresh air before his test this afternoon.
When Loui's test came around, he was a really good boy, did a fab test and we came 4th place in the team test with the individual test coming up tomorrow.
Wednesday 2nd October
Iba was first up this morning in the novice test A again. She was a good girl today and a lot more relaxed than yesterday. I felt more relaxed too as I had my physio, Georgie come to treat me early this morning, so I feel better.
Today Iba and I came 4th with an improved score in the novice with 65.69%.
Loui was up this afternoon in the individual test, and I was pleased with how our test went. When I went to get my results, I was right to be pleased as we came 4th with 69.73% which means we're through to the freestyle tomorrow!
Thursday 3rd October
This morning was an another early start, at 8:39am I had already ridden my first music test. It was chilly outside but didn’t seem to worry Loui and I. I felt the test was really good and we finished on time to the music.
It was Ibas turn in the afternoon. Getting ready for my test with Iba, I reflected on my test with Loui. I was really pleased him, especially when I found out we came 6th in our music with 69.00%.
Ibas test was really good and I was happy to come 2nd with her with a score of 67.34%.
After a long day it was time to set off on the long journey home. I am super pleased with the horses, but feeling sad that it’s our last international of the year. But looking ahead we can now concentrate on the winters coming up in February 2020.