They ran. puffing, up the hill as they spoke. Anna had already finished and was walking Summer around to cool down as she waited for them.
‘The commentator said you went clear,’ Beth danced around. ‘Gosh, she is fast, isn’t she. You looked fantastic. That was so exciting.’
Anna made sure Summer was happily eating her haynet before she changed out of her damp clothes. As they sat on the rug eating their picnic Anna told her enthralled nieces about her ride on the cross country course.
‘I saw the horse before us refuse to go so I kept Summer away from the start box until it was time for us to go. Then we trotted into the box and set off at a canter. I had to hold her steady for the first jump as she didn’t really settle until the top of the hill. After that I just had to point her at the jumps and she did the rest.’
‘Did you see us at the water jump?’ Beth asked.
‘Yes, I hope you didn’t get too wet. Then she galloped up the hill like the wind, and took on the ‘hole in the hedge’ which arched over our heads. We had great fun.’ Anna sighed happily, before jumping up.
‘Right. Who’s coming with me to look at the scores?’