Having finished the season on a incredible high at Osberton International with Harry coming 11th in the 5 year old champs, Hugo completing his 1st CCI1* in real fashion, and with Lily and Darcy finishing well in there age classes, the pressures as a rider to contuine this form is hard, but it’s something I thrive on, always wanting to achieve more and gain even better results.
Event riders say the winter months are meant to be quite? But for me it’s a brilliant reason to go jumping big hedges flat out after a pack of hounds with great friends. Train my brilliant two pointers and enjoying playing around with lots of young horses. Whilst the eventers enjoy there much deserved holidays.
January has been as busy as ever for us. The event horses are all back in and have completed their road work. They are all schooling nicely at home and have begun jumping. We recently headed to The Grange Equestrian to hire the show jumps before heading to Summer House BS show were all 4 horses jumped double clears. 8 clears!! Let’s hope we can keep this up.
As well as this we are regularly competing Dressage at Bicton and The Grange. All horses are gaining some super scores and a lot of red rossettes.
We took a lorry load to Pontispool all weather XC and they were all very excited to be out. Jumping beautifully as if they had never had a break. Canter work has began and it’s now the final tune ups prior to our 1st event at Moreton on the 4th/5th March. We head there with Hugo, Harry, Roly and Lily and my 2 new rides Florida and Lucy.
Just when you think this doesn’t sound busy enough, the pointers Trev and Mini are due to run before all this even begins! Trev’s first run was at Buckfastleigh on 18th of Feb in the WestCountry Champion Chase and Mini heads out on the 26th to Great Threthew in the Maiden. They are both in super form and have had a really good preparation for there 1st runs.
That brings us up to date with all our happenings over the winter – be back soon…