August feels like its gone on for ages. Can't believe Swalcliffe was at the start. My M.E. has been bad enough to the point that I spent a while debating whether I should go or not. It may sound daft but if I've promised to help I don't like letting people down. The week leading up to Swalcliffe I was in bits. From about mid Jul onwards things went abit crazy and my M.E. flared up beyond its normal levels. As soon as I realised what was happening I started doing what I could to try and sort things out. Short days at work ensued. I would say trying to get decent rest as well but I've found myself crashing out by 9pm whether I'd like it or not on a number of nights. Swalcliffe came up pretty quickly.
Thinking about things sensibly as Swalcliffe was going to be a 2 dayer for me an overnight stop was on the cards. With over an hour and a half's drive on the cards each way and needing to be in the marquee by 8am for the sign on it was a no brainer. The first day was dressage writing which finished by lunchtime. The class I had was not fully packed as I've seen some eventing dressage classes. A lovely lunch and then I just went and chilled out watching some of the show jumping before heading off for the day. The next day was the turn of XC fence judging. Its the first hilly course that I've done and I found myself out at fence 4 for the day for both courses. The day went well, the packed lunch is one of the best I've ever had and the age old problem that I'm getting used to is ... toilet breaks.
If you're going to be a XC fence judge get used to having to do long distance running in sprint distance times if you want to get to the loo that's around 2 fields away and back in the space of 20 mins and still get your lunch before the next competitor pops over your fence. I love volunteering, but that is the one gripe that I do have. My brain wasn't switched on though and I didn't think about driving myself down there .... grrr, lol. Come the end of the day I was more than ready to go home and that night slept very soundly.
I fence judged again on my own nearer home just last weekend. 2 courses a BE 90 and 80. It went on from 9.30 in the morning until 6.30 at night. I felt sad though as I realised that the season's now starting to draw to a close. It was a busy day. The left flag periodically got collected so I was spending time rebuilding and fixing it back into place. A few horses got to my fence looked at it and went ... err no. Considering it had been quite cold in the morning to the point where jumpers and rain jackets had been out in force, come the afternoon it was sun glasses, t-shirts and factor 30.
I've been out dressage writing a couple of times this last week. The first session was interesting as with so many competitors we had one that was nearly done in the dark as the light had faded. The other night was a complete mix from Intro A through to a 1*B eventing test.
There's still a little more to come too, another 2 days at a different BE event. This time I'll be out scoring. I feel abit more confident since a kind riding club member showed me the trick of how to score a sheet quickly. Guess I'll find out if I'm any good tomorrow.