- Fair Hill XC Schooling: Belles and Moonlight Stories
... We went down to the 'neck' between the two major jumping fields, and did a wee red coop, came back on a big right turn uphill over a three log pile which rode OK but not amazing, then continued on the right handed circle to go back down over a larger log pile which was weird looking. ... Gave her a spank with the crop, represented and she looked hard but went, did the three log pile again and then came around to do a much better but still studying it sort of jump over the weird logs. ... Now, I have an issue with Trekehner's being on Novice courses anyhow, but they are on at least two event courses I plan to attend, including Fair Hill in late May, so, I had best suck it up and teach Belles about the concept of a log or other sort of vertical being in conjunction with a ditch. ... I didn't ride my line strong enough and we drifted right over the fence, but did get over it and to and through the water; next time was not perfect by a long shot but much better. ...
- Belles Report: Novice at Amwell Valley Hounds Pony Club HT
... Belles is as fit as hell, on the assumption a big heavy mare like her must be very very very fit to cope with summer weather efforts. ... We roared out of the box, then did a left U turn to go down towards dressage/barns/parking along a tree line; fence one was a nice, inviting rail road tie thing that Belles ate for breakfast. ... You needed to do a right U turn to go back across the field on the other side of the trees to do the next fences and had the option to go all the way down by dressage, have a smoother turn, but jump an unflagged revetted mini-ditch or cut through the trees in a little S curve. ...
- Belles Report: Novice at Flora Lea
... We whirled like a Dervish, me trying to keep her nose in the back corner til 2, when I released her--she swung on her haunches and leapt out of the box, streaking off to the first fence like she meant some real business--it was a little Brush that was ramped, and there was no hint of backing off. ... BIG bold jump over that and off across the top of the field, hooking back with a sharp left turn in the corner to jump a red feeder fence, wide and long and invitingly framed by upper level jumps and trees. ... Belles started to raise her profile to look about six strides out, so I just did one spank with the crop to remind her looking does not mean 'crawling over from a deep place'. ... She balanced up nicely on the hillside, and I took her to the side which looks higher due to the optical illusion since I figured if we drifted any down the hill we wouldn't run out of fence. ...
- Belles Report: Novice at Oxbow HT
... Anyhow, tided up Belles, drove the almost two hours to Hamburg, did my warm up and a typical Belles test. ... I mean, I climbed up there and walked around on it, Belles had room to land on it and jump off, but it is less than a single stride. ... little conservative on the harder part of the footing in front of the second fence and inclined to swap a lead here and there. ... We galloped down the track with the road on our right and the woods with gallop trails and an upper field on our left, going around the big hill and into the woods path to the far side of the property. ...
- Re: Jumping surprise
... fence) and arranged the cones so that the spread was obvious to the pony (a ... approach the fence to make sure the pony had plenty of time to see the fence ... She told V to be ready in case Meeko decided this fence is just ... Due to the refusal factor that was expected, each jump had a point award, with the "panther" jump in the center getting the highest number of points. ...