15 Feb Jenna Hasting Update
2021 was a bit of an up and down year for Trusty and I. After a check ligament strain put paid to 2020 antics we started the year ready to go for the season. Sadly a fall off another horse in April resulted in me suffering a broken collarbone and put me out of action until our first event in July.
Our first event at Oxstalls also saw me having a problem with my confidence that I hadn’t addressed after my injury so it was a bit of an uphill battle to get back to where I was in 2019 with Trusty. Luckily we got our mojo back 2 weeks after this and finished a brilliant 3rd at the Barbury Castle Cotswold Cup qualifier over a very tough course that was catching a lot of people out. This was the absolute highlight of the year and for anyone who has seen my cross country video, the screaming, cheering and crying at the end showed how much it meant to me!
Our season continued and we had a great outing to Cricklands for the first time in Wales where we were finally getting some clear rounds. Trusty can suffer from a bit of 4 faultitis so it was great to get some good rounds over some tricky courses and wonderful to have a great stay away show with friends. Sadly September saw injury befall me again when I tore the cartilage in my knee after a fall off Trusty show jumping and stepping out of my lorry afterwards! This set me back a lot longer than my collarbone – they always say it’s better to break a bone!!!
It meant Trusty had an extended Autumn break which was actually really good for him and we have now spent the Winter and early part of 2022 training, getting our confidence back and trying to make sure we hit 2022 season running! I’ve been having some fantastic lessons with my local trainer, Callum Banfield and he’s put together an 8 week boot camp of weekly lessons where we are working on our show jumping and cross country technique. Trusty has been improving each time we go over to Callum’s yard and I’m really excited by the progress we’ve both made.
I’m very conscious this time round to focus on getting my confidence up before I try any kind of jump competing as it was a bit morale destroying last time. This is why the weekly lessons have been a huge boost as there’s no pressure and we can just work on making it better. We all know Trusty is a cross country machine so alongside this training we have been hitting the dressage boards hard to try and improve our scores there. Recently we’ve had some great results, scoring 70+% at the last 3 outings and winning both classes at our last competition. I’m really working hard on this phase as one of my main aims this year is to hit that magical sub 30 mark.
I’m hoping with all the prep we’ve put in together and keeping fingers crossed against any more injuries to either of us, we will hopefully have a great season. The plan is to yet again try and qualify for the Cotswold Cup finals which are at Cirencester this year as a 3 day event so this would be amazing to be able to go to. We’ve also got some services shows to attend and hopefully another fun stay away at Cricklands again.
I’m also excited to see what else FOMO is bringing forwards this year, especially for the shoulder protectors and other supports to complement their fantastic body protector.
It’s so great to see so many more people talking about the FAZE protector and the brand and I’m looking forwards to getting it back on for my first cross country outing of the year at the end of the month.
Keep safe everyone and enjoy your ponies!