With the new season just weeks away now we are delighted that Lucy Bednell has joined the team as blogger in the run up to The Mitsubishi Motors Cup. We look forward to sharing the trials and tribulations of the preparation!
I first went to badminton in 2014 with my Mum who was riding at the Grassroots, in total I went 3 times to watch her compete and to watch the BIG BADMINTON. After watching mum ride I have always wanted to go.
I am Lucy Bednall and my amazing pony is called Mylo ( My Grey Melody ) he is 143cm and a 12 years old Conamara . I am 13 years old and this will be my 3rd season eventing, I have had Mylo 3 1/2 years and we have been through a lot together.
In my first year eventing we did BE90’s all season, I had a lot of luck and got 6/10 top ten finishes and a win at Bold Heath, which I was very pleased with. That year I had two regional final tickets. The first I went to Skipton and went double clear and came 12 th. the 2nd regional final I went to was at Weston Park; we had a great dressage of 26, then the SJ which I had 8 faults and that was the end of my try to get to Badminton although Mylo did a great XC to finish 18th.
After Weston I was annoyed about our SJ so I spent all winter doing ALOT of training, we changed Mylos feed which made a big difference to him and made him less reactive . Mylo is a very spooky pony and with his new feed it seems to just control the spookiness which is Fab. – I came out of winter feeling great, out first event was Oasby where I came 2nd finishing on my dressage score, this was just the perfect start of the season. We then thought we would move up to 100. We went to Stafford and let’s just say the Ground was difficult!. We did a good dressage then 1 down SJ and then Mylo just ran out of energy on the XC, we think due to the deep deep mud. We did a few more 100’s completing all of them but we just felt Mylo wasn’t as confident as he could be so we put him back down to 90. –
Our next event we went to was Brand Hall, the day was amazing because I had some friends in the Pony Championships so we watched them aswell. Mylo did a fab dressage of 28.3, then double clear to WIN the class. This was the most fantastic day, we followed this with a run at Speetley where I came 7th and then Frickley where I came 12th due to me not wanting to push Mylo in the Mud. –
Our regional Final time arrived I had 2 tickets. My plan was to go to Dalston Green although this event was a long way away it meant I didn’t have to go to Weston Park where my demons in the sj still lay, we were going to go up to Dalston and stay over. Unfortunately the event got cancelled the day before, due to bad ground. So after a lot of thinking and wondering which RF I was going to do we decided I would go to Kelshall Hill and Weston Park. – The day of Kelshall arrived we only live 1 1/2 hours away so it wasn’t too bad a start. We arrived and walked the course, although it looked big there was nothing that petrified me. We warmed up for the dressage and although having a wet and boggy arena Mylo did a good test to get 35.5, then 1 down SJ then a stop XC. This made me think I would never qualify for Badminton. I had a few weeks of intense training before Weston Park. We later discovered that Mylo wasn’t eating the hay so we put him onto Hayledge and this made a big difference . –
Weston Park arrived it was a 4 am start, we arrived in the dark and we were a bit surprised to find we were first there. We had no time between phases so had to walk the course in the dark, using a torch to see the fence numbers. By the time we finished it was light. Mylo warmed up fantastically so much so I only had to do a 15 minute warm up. Mylo did a great test for 28.0, he then did a fab show jumping round, jumping an amazing clear to put my demons behind me, although Mum still had to hide behind a trailer as she couldn’t watch. Then to the cross country I did everything I could, and we managed a clear within the time to finish on my dressage score. Due to being very early in the section we had a long wait but finally we discovered I came 4th, and we were going to Badminton,It was the happiest time EVER!!!! –
So that was my journey up to qualifying for Badminton