Emily’s News 2011

October

Emily BaldwinDouble clear at Boekelo CCI*** ends the season on a high note with Drivetime joining the elite club of horses who have amassed over 1000 British Eventing points.

Typical wet weather in Boekelo didn’t dampen Drivetime’s enthusiasm for the Dutch event, which is renowned for its end of season fun as well as its testing course.

Photos © Michael Baldwin

There is a nations cup team challenge which runs along side this CCI*** event and 14 teams were competing from Europe, America, Australia and NZ. Emily and Drivetime were selected to compete in the GB Nations Cup team along side Zara Phillips, John Paul Sheffield and Oliver Townend.

Emily BaldwinFollowing a competitive dressage score, Drivetime proceeded to romp around the atmospheric xc which was lined with enthusiastic supporters who had reaped the benefits of the Grolsch tents being dotted all around the xc course.

Drivetime was second last to go, so followed 108 other horses around the course. Unfortunately by then ground conditions were so poor that making the xc time was impossible as they had to circumnavigate much of the badly churned up track.

An extravagant clear round on the last day gave Emily the best team score, however unfortunately problems xc for Oliver and Zara put the team out of contention.

It was a fabulous end to the season, and Drivetime has now joined the elite band of event horsesEmily Baldwin in the world who have amassed over 1000 eventing points in their careers.

September

Drivetime and Emily bounce back at South of England with a win

Drivetime seemed none the worse after his fall at Gatcombe, jumping a lovely double clear to win the Open Intermediate. The Piece of the Action’s Dassett Courage produced another consistent result finishing 8th in his Intermediate section.

Drivetime: photo © Nigel Goddard/KSDigital Photography

Back in action at Little Gatcombe

Dassett Courage jumped a lovely double clear in the Open Novice for 6th place,  

Emily Baldwin & DrivetimeAugust

Down to earth with a bang!

Emily and Drivetime headed into the xc at Gatcombe British Open best of the British, lying in 3rd place. Flying around the xc, they were enjoying their first experience of the Open course together. Unfortunately Drivetime made an uncharacteristic mistake at the infamous stone wall, leaving a leg causing them both to fall.

Drivetime: photo © Tim North

‘I think it was just one of those things, horses aren’t machines and sometimes they make mistakes. Drivetime is such a good jumper normally and for some reason he made a rather costly misjudgement! Most importantly he’s sound and completely unscathed. Sadly I’ve broken my collar bone, which is being pinned at the end of the week, so I hope to be back competing in no time.’

July

Riding down the centre line at Greenwich
Drivetime did what he does best and performed with flair as the dressage Guinea Pig for the test event in front of press, spectators and officials who were all keen to gleen the first impression of how the horses would react to this spectacular venue.

Mud, mud, glorious mud!
Luckily the appalling weather conditions didn’t deter Dassett Courage and Fox’s Urban Beat in the CIC* at Brightling. Both coped very well in the dressage arena and the show jumping given the Emily Baldwinhideous conditions. And fortunately as both horses are Irish they didn’t seem to notice the mud on the xc, they both stormed up the long hill at the end of the course which tends to knock the stuffing out of a lot of horses.

Dassett Courage

‘I was thrilled with both horses, Fox’s Urban Beat gained his qualification for a CCI* which was the aim here, and Dassett Courage put in another consistant performance to finish 10th in a huge class. He is gaining confidence with every outing.’

June

Arrivederci Werlando D!
Emily BaldwinVery sadly we had to say goodbye to Werlando D this month as he has been sold to an Italian Junior rider.

Fox’s Urban Beat

Fox’s Urban Beat makes a 3a.m start worth it at Milton Keynes
Fox’s Urban Beat continued to relish his recent upgrade to Novice level with another double clear to finish 4th.

Werlando D goes clear in his first Intermediate at Little Downham
Werlando D stormed round the xc to finish 10th in his first Intermediate, not to be out done by the lovely Dassett Courage who had a good run to finish 9th in his Intermediate section.  Both horses learnt a lot over an educational track.

May

The winning continues at Borde Hill

Emily BaldwinCalcourt Fox on the Run
Emily BaldwinWerlando D
Photos by kind permission of Nigel Goddard
KSDigital Photography
Emily Baldwin Fox’s Urban Beat

Werlando D and Fox’s Urban Beat both finished on their dressages scores of 28.5 to win their respective Novice sections.  Emily was particularly pleased with Sally Mariani’s Fox’s Urban Beat.

‘This was only his second Novice and he has really stepped up to the challenge very well. Clear rounds in the show jumping were few and far between, so I was thrilled that all mine jumped clear.’

Queen Emery, owned by Emily Erde,  jumped double clear to finish 4th in the Open Novice. While Calcourt Fox on the Run, also owned by Emily Erde, was 2nd in her BE100 section the day before.

Emily wins another World Cup round, at Chatsworth

Emily BaldwinBy kind permission of Nigel Goddard/KSDigital Photography
Emily BaldwinBy kind permission of Tim & Bev Nicholls/Optimal Photography 
Emily BaldwinBy kind permission of John Britter Photography

Emily and Drivetime once again showed their consistency by winning the CICW*** at Chatsworth. A polished dressage test saw them take the lead, with their nearest rivals four marks adrift. The test was the same one used in the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong. Drivetime was more consistent than at Badminton, gaining higher marks for his canter work and flying changes.

Ian Stark’s Cross Country course caused no end of problems for a number of riders. However, Emily and Drivetime made short work of the testing combinations and bold water complexes, leaving them in second place by 1 penalty mark before the final show jumping phase.

Following a post cross country horse inspection by the ground jury, riders had to tackle a large, technical show jumping track in reverse order. Drivetime jumped a footperfect clear round, well inside the time, to clinch the title ahead of Ruth Edge whose tired horse had two fences down.

‘The event was like a ‘Four Star CIC’ – the size and complexity of XC fences, without so many long galloping stretches in between. It was great for spectators as there was plenty of action and horses were finishing well. Currently we do not have any ‘Four Star CIC’s’ but I really think that this type of competition has an exciting future.’

Emily BaldwinPhotos by kind permission of Tim & Bev Nicholls
Optimal Photography
Emily Baldwin Emily Baldwin

Dassett Courage and Fox’s Urban Beat relish the challenge of stepping up a level at Aston le Walls

The lovely Dassett Courage owned by A Piece of the Action Syndicate jumped double clear in his first Intermediate.  A new ride for Emily Fox’s Urban Beat owned by Sally Mariani put in a solid performance in his first Novice, just rolling a pole in the Show Jumping, having done a good dressage and flew round a challenging xc.

April

Drivetime 5th after Dressage at Badminton

Emily BaldwinBy kind permission of Tim & Bev Nicholls
Optimal Photography
Emily BaldwinBy kind permission of Pam Adams
Emily BaldwinBy kind permission of Tim & Bev Nicholls
Optimal Photography

Drivetime excelled himself yet again in the dressage at Badminton to lie 5th over night leading into the xc. Unfortunately having flown round the first two thirds of the course Drivetime decided he didn’t want to play ball at the lake. Having got him in on the second attempt Emily decided to pull up and save him for another day.

‘It’s a huge disappointment, he has jumped far bigger jumps into water, having been super going into the big water at Belton on his last outing, but for some reason Drivetime seems to have an adversion to the Badminton lake!  I pulled him up to save him for another day, in the hope we can redeem ourselves somewhere else in the near future.’

3 out of Emily’s 4 rides lead the dressage at South of England

Werlando D posted the best score with a 20, despite losing a shoe in his test, he was given three 9’s and a perfect 10 for the final halt.

Two 2nd places in a week

Emily Baldwin

Dassett Courage continued his fantastic start to the season with a 2nd in his Novice class at Somerley. While Drivetime was just pipped at the post by .4 to finish 2nd in the Grantham Cup CIC*** at Belton.  He proved yet again his constistancy in this class having won in 2009 and being 5th last year.

March

Emily kicks off the 2011 season with a win

Emily and the ‘Piece of the Action’ syndicate’s Dassett Courage win their first event together at Poplar Park.

Photo Flash Harry