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This page has somewhat been neglected over the Summer Months but Cut the Gossip has had a very successful season and so far has picked up 3 trophys. Two were for X-Country events and another cup was for Showjumping.
With Jill being pregnant the riding duties have been carried out by Susan Mitchell, who gets on so well with the Horse and can get the best out of him. He has improved so much this season and he really is enjoying his jumping.
Thanks must go also to my Dad and Tessa Dodd for keeping him fit and schooling him.
We will probably let him wind down now before he gets out for a few days Hunting and maybe some Winter Showjumping. We had thought about qualifying him to Point To Point next season but with him doing so well this year eventing we will likely give that a miss and try to step him up a class next Summer.

Well 2006 started slowly on the "Horse" front as we spent most of the Winter away snowboarding then Jill found out she was pregnant after staying at Chalet Les Lanchettes in Morzine ( it was Paul and Ingas great food that did it !).
We sold Frankie to a girl from near Hawick and then it looked like Amie was very ill with a liver infection/disease but since the fresh grass has come through She has made a remarkable recovery and is now looking quite well.
That left Charlie to concentrate on and Jill was soon in contact with Susan Mitchell to see if she would compete on him this Summer while she was out of action. It got off to a great start on Sunday 21st May with a win in his class in the Hunter Trials held by the SW Scotland Riding Club at Hartwood  near Rammerscales, Lochmaben. They had a time of 7mins 8secs against an optimum time of 7mins 10secs to win the Shield.

Sunday 23rd October.
With the amount of heavy rain that had
fallen the previous few days there was
a chance that the last x-country event of
the season at Kilmaurs,Ayrshire might be
cancelled. But on Sunday morning the
weather looked favourable. Jill and
Cut the Gossip shared a lift to this Eglinton
PC run event with her friend Laura. She
was on her way early in the morning and
as we were driving up later it gave me time
for a nice breakfast and a read at the Sunday
papers before setting off in the car. It was a
lovely drive through the Dumfriesshire
countryside with the trees looking stunning
in all their Autumnal glory. Arrived in plenty
of time to see Jill getting the horse warmed
up. It was quite a long novice course today
with some well built fences which would
be a fair challenge to them. There were 31
competitors in the class and they had a good
round to finish 12th. Faults mainly coming
from doing the "learner option" at the ditch.
We were pleased with the way things had
gone today and look forward to the pair
stepping things up a bit next Spring after
doing some indoor Showjumping this

Sat 2nd Sept
Today was the Dumfrieshire Hunt Pony Club event at
Whitehill,Kettleholm near Lockerbie.
This was open to Horses and Jill took Charlie. It was a
lovely warm sunny day and there was a decent
turnout of competitors.
Cut the Gossip (Charlie) was in a lazy mood today !!
In the Showjumping he had two stops which is not
like him but it may have been something about the
course as lots of people were having similar problems.
The X-Country course was very flat but on really hard
ground due to the lack of rain recently with some fair
fences for Novices although Jill did not like the gravel
which had been put at the take-off side of some of the
fences.....and neither did the Horse as he had a couple
of stops. He was not fluent today and was pulling to the
right at each fence which would indicate he was
feeling the ground not to his liking under his feet!
Anyway it was a nice day out and we were home to
see Scotland get a well deserved draw with Italy at
Hampden in the World Cup qualifier.

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Sunday  August 28th 2005
It was the One day event at Auchenhay
near Borgue today. Jill took Charlie where
they hoped to have an improved Dressage
score but although it was ok there is still
lots of room for improvement.
In the Showjumping phase they went well
and were unlucky to just knock the top of
the wall.
It was then the X-Country where there was a
fairly difficult Novice course. On a very windy
day they got round but had problems at a
couple of fences. He just does not like ditches
and also the 4th last which had a bit of a drop
on the landing side.
So no prizes today but a good workout in
preparation for the Hunter Trials at
Whitehill next weekend.

Sun 11 Sept
On a lovely warm September morning
we drove up to the magnificent setting
of Drumlanrig Castle for the Nithsdale PC
X-Country competition. Jill had Charlie
entered in the Novice event. It is a fair
course which they have competed on
before and looked as though it would
see most of the horses get round clear.
Jill and Charlie started of well and after
clearing the first 5 fences they came to
the "Coffin" which is a fairly deep and
wide ditch. They had a refusal there but
then got over and completed the course
without further incident. We were pleased
by how he jumped today and he has been
improving over the last few weeks. This is
the 3rd weekend in a row he has been out
and this seems to be of benefit to him.
Showjumping next weekend at Dumfries
but i wont be there as i have a date at the
Cleyhole to watch QOS v Stranraer.

Sunday August 21st 2005
Today was the 33rd Dumfries & Galloway Horse Show which was held at
Dundrennan. This is the site of the Wickerman festival which is held each July and is growing in popularity and stature each year.

Jill took Cut the Gossip (Charlie) to do the first 2 Show jumping classes.
The Novice class with a max height of 80 cm and the Intermediate with a max
height of 90 cm.
In the first class he had one jump down but only 3 went clear so they ended up
4th equal out of 15 competitors. This was pleasing as it is a while since they
have competed.
In the Intermediate class they went very well but had the top pole down on the
narrow "style" fence. They were quite happy with today and it was a good warm
up excercise ahead of next weeks One Day Event at Auchenhay.


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