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The third SRNC of the season was held in beautiful Lund, Sweden. It was a brilliant weekend with perfect weather to top it off. The team of Rosie Alcorn, Laura Birley and myself (Sophia Ramsoy) represented team GB.
Laura and Rosie arrived early in Lund and set up the British camp in a classroom in a school about 15 minutes from the venue, Lunds Civila Ryttarförening. My flight from Edinburgh was delayed which meant I didn’t arrive until 2am when the party was very much in full swing and I had to find Rosie and Laura - who I’d never met ... Read More
I was going to start this blog with a rant, but decided to look at the issue in a measured, reflective and sensitive way (me?) rather than shouting loudly. So I am not going to bore you with a ‘we went here and did this, aren’t all the ponies wonderful, I must be a brilliant rider’ instead I am bent on explaining my anger at the narrow-minded insensitivity of the BE rule book.
I went round the CIC3* at Barbury in 30 degree heat and ended up 6 seconds over the optimum time for ... Read More
A test of my love of volunteering – that’s what a 4am alarm call is!
But I love it, so the duvet covers were swiftly thrown back and in the shower I hopped. Funny, I don’t get out of bed with this much spring in my step on a drizzly Monday morning?!
Hartpury is favourite of mine. I know I say that about them all, but it really is. Hartpury could in theory run two days of cross country, but they manage to squeeze it all into one day. And that’s why I love it – Read More
With just under a week to go until the Land Rover Blair International Horse Trials, Eventing Worldwide caught up with Event Organiser Carola Brighenti to talk about course preparation, entries and what it takes to put on an event of this scale.
Blair Castle is the proud host of one of Scotland’s premier Eventing competitions. Each year, the Blair Atholl Estate in the heart of Perthshire becomes a hub for the sport, attracting hundreds of riders who compete for top honours in international competition with spectators flocking to watch them compete for top honours.
This ... Read More
Regrouping and Nunney International.
June and July have been very quiet as far as competitions are concerned. June was very much a quiet month spent replanning and mid season tidy up in the yard and also the fields which looked great to start but now look brown and when the horses go out they all seem to enjoy having a dust bath in the gate ways!!!
We went to Nunney with V.I.P Vino who did well in dressage and sj - the sj was particularly pleasing as it is the most consistent he has been yet and we were lying 5th going ... Read More
Onwards rolls the volunteer journey and this week Monteberry (still wearing his #WearGreenForJonty ribbon) and I headed down the M5 to Gatcombe for The Festival of British Eventing.
One of my favourite events, the Festival is everything that there is to love about volunteering. To be in such beautiful parkland without Eventing you wouldn’t get to roam; fabulous gracious hosts that have a genuine love of the sport and wonderful hospitality before, during and after.
Thursday’s briefing is always a treat – this year we were in the hospitality marquee – a touch hot in ... Read More
Well it’s been a while since I last shared my volunteering adventures, so I shall bring you up to speed.
Way back in May; before this beautiful run of sunshine, ice creams and aftersun lotion; before we all forgot what rain looked and felt like! Monteberry and I popped along to Shelford, always a pleasure as it’s a BEDE event and the Buntine’s hospitality is always legendary. So legendary in fact that I had a call from Anna the night before, she found herself with more volunteers than she knew what to do with, so would I mind heading to show ... Read More
So the week had come where everyone in the equine world faces Gloucestershire. Badminton!!!! Grooms and riders always feel the pressure leading up to this event and this year was no different due to the lack of runs. I was grooming at Giovanni and Kathryns again and they had one horse ‘Cult Rewind’ heading there, unfortunately as mentioned last month Kathryn lost her top horse who was due to compete. The stress levels were all low until ‘Hero’ pulled a shoe the Tuesday morning!!!Gio and Sophie were meant to be leaving in the afternoon!! Luckily they have a great farrier ... Read More
It was Einstein who said "in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity". This is certainly apt for Jo Marsh. Jo's story is a seismic tale of triumph over adversity and I am lucky enough to be the story teller for you all.
Listening to Jo, it instantly struck me that her modus operandi is passion and hard work. She is pugnacious and hardy when her game head is on, but she is also a warmblooded human being whose heartfelt interview was a breath of fresh air. Success will ... Read More
If you read my blog around this time last year, you will note that I said I would never, never go on the sunshine tour again. It is late Jan, early Feb and it is damp, grisly and boring. Follow this with a nice email -or two, lovely to see you, hope you are coming and of course the bags are packed and we depart. Well, we tried to leave but the lorry was having other ideas and after four hours waiting for a repair man, currently still lost in the mists of ... Read More