Our Season So Far – Charlotte Rowe

Well 2016 what a season it has been so far.

I started the season with some really lovely new rides and by far the strongest team of horses I have ever had. My new rides this season were the lovely Hugo and Darcy owned by Eventing Worldwide, the beautiful Stallion Langaller Starring Role owned by Charles Upham and finally the talented Harry owned by John Bevan and Peter Appleford.

At the beginning of every season I naturally like to make plans and have aims for all the horses that I hope to achieve, so on with the planning I went. Our big aim at the beginning of the year was to get Darcy and Lily to Tattersalls in Ireland. This meant at 6yo Darcy had a big task of qualifying. She had to complete 5 novices all with a good scores. So the challenge was on and she rose to the occasion at every event. It was a challenge for us both as we are a very new partnership, but after a couple steady novice runs at Portman, Bicton and Withington our partnership was cemented and the mare has just gone from strength to strength. She has been placed in every novice event since and she won our final novice qualifying run at  Twesledown with a sub 30 dressage double clear, a great way to head to Tattersalls.

Lily started this year with a steady run at Aldon in the novice, then she headed to Portman in the Intermediate Novice where she ran well and this set her up for her intermediate career. She took it all in her stride. She too had a great preparation run at Twesledown, so Tattersalls bound we were with the lovely Lily and her great friend Darcy.


Hugo, well he really was quite different.., he was a horse that arrived to me lacking abit of confidence on the cross country, so my plans for him didn’t really materialise until mid season.

We started the year with a lot of cross country schooling and again generally building a  strong partnership. We sadly lost our first run at Howick due to the bad weather, here he was entered for a BE100 open,  so in we went at the deep end with our first event a Portman being a Novice run. Hugo jumped a super double clear, but there was still work to be done and after some tweeking in all 3 phases and confidence building runs at both Portman and Bicton, we were now getting to know each other.

He went on to come 2nd at Port Elliot which was reassuring things where heading in the right direction but a trip to Aston Le Walls showed were we still missing the key to this horse…. So after a change of routine with him at home and change of feed we had him cracked! and my goodness hasn’t this horse gone from strength to strength ever since. He’s been placed at West Wilts, Trebrough then stepping up a level and winning the Intermediate Novice in amazing style with a leading 25 dressage and double clear inside the time around a tough track at Barbury. The future is bright for him and I.


Harry is a super talented 5 year old who has his own opinion on life. He started with a lot of winter training and he won every dressage test he competed in. Jumping has never proved to be a issue for this horse, he’s just a bit exuberant between fences!. His big aim was always Osberton 5 year old championship at the end of the season. So we got to work starting his eventing career at Portman then onto Bicton. He was very green at these events but still jumped as classy as ever, but control was a issue. Once we had that sorted we were off and flying! He hasn’t been out of top 10 since. He was 2nd at Port Elliot , Pontispool, and 5th at Mount Ballan, and 10th at Trebrough . Then we started contending the 5 year old classes. He was 7th in his first one at Nunney  then 4th at Bicton, but he recently showed his ability by coming 2nd at Dauntsey and qualifying.

Roly the lovely Stallion is a complexed character. He arrived with me with not the greatest showjumping record. So we started slowly. I took him to Larkhill where he produced a super tests of 27 and finished 5th. He then went to Bicton and had a uncharacteristic stop on the cross country after a super test. With work still to be done we stepped him up to novice and he responded well with some good runs at Aston Le Walls and jumped a super double clear at Mount Ballan, gaining his 1st BE point. Then he went to Nunney and jumped a good round with yet again a sub 30 dressage. He showed his ability finally at Trebrough where he finished 2nd in the Novice and gained some more points. a mere 0.2 points ahead of his stable companion Darcy who was 3rd.

Another horse owned by Charles Upham is the beautiful Diane. Her aim for the season was to continue  her good record from a couple events last season as she is for sale. She has had a solid season with good runs at BE100 at Bicton, Mount Ballan, Pontispool, Port Elliot and finished a really good 4th at Nunney before she stepped up and contended the novice at Trebrough. She made the step up comfortably with a nice test a couple green rails showjumping and a good clear cross country. This super mare has never had a cross country fault. She is still for sale, should anyone be looking for a super young horse.

Sadly with every high undoubtedly comes some lows. After a successful season last year Zebedee went home for his winter holidays with his owners John and Pete. When he returned 6 weeks later he looked amazing but after 6 weeks road work I started a scholing him and he didn’t seem quiet right. With some investigation from my super vets Stringer Equine we realised we had a problem. His  X-rays showed he had kissing spines.
Now he would have always had this but something we learnt is horses with kissing spines should keep working. The time off had unfortunately made him lose all top line and he was now suffering. He under went some back injections and hock and some rehabilitation he was back and going well again. So we were back with a plan. He was also aiming for Tattersalls and he started with 2 solid placings at both Portman and Bicton in the Be100 classes. We then took him to Aston Le walls were he did a super test in the Novice to score 28. He over jumped a oxer in the showjumping warm up and landed and proceeded to take off across the arena bucking, it was then we realised we still had a problem and he was withdrawn. After more investigation and talks we decided to put him through the operation to cure kissing spines. He had this operation in May and he is looking so much better and stronger but unfortunately this meant his season was over but that’s horses for you.
I also very sadly had to retire my own horse Delilah earlier this season. She is a horse that I owe everything to. She had a nasty leg injury 3 years ago but after recovering well and having a amazing season with her last year this year she just didn’t come out quite the same. When you have ridden a horse all its life you know when it’s right and when it’s wrong.
So we headed to Aston Le walls for the ON and after putting in her usual lovely test she went into the jumping in my opinion a bit backwards. After not feeling right I retired her half way round. So that was it she was destined to be a mummy. She has retired sound and very well and owes me nothing. I hope to have a couple lovely foals from her. She is currently  at stud now. Then she will go onto be my hunter,something she has always loved
So if this doesn’t sound busy enough we also had the pointers running at the same time. The lovely Trev came up trumps again this season finishing 3rd on his 1st run at Buckfastleigh, he pulled up next time out as the ground wasn’t to his liking but then came out at his home point 2 point at Cherrybrook and stormed home to win by 28L. He was truly class. We then had much excitement and took him to Cheltenham. It was a amazing day for the whole team and a experience we will never forget.
Unfortunately he pulled up on the home bend when traveling very well in 5th but he pulled his shoe and lost his action, a very sensible decision by his professional jockey Jo Buck. 6 days later he went to Exeter and was 2nd in the Hunter Chase and only beaten by a short head. Again an amazing day for all involved. He went on to finish 5th in the Westcountry Championship and 2nd by a head at Eggesford confined. He is happy chilling in the field and I’m looking forward to another fab season with him.
Our young pointer mini is new to us. She had a couple educational runs this season and is showing some real ability. Unfortunately she had a change of Jockey due to Jo having a nasty fall and after her 2nd run Mini came up a little sore. It was nothing serious but we decided to turn her away early as she had learnt a lot and at only 4 years old.
So that brings you a little more up to date with how well the horses are going, next time I look forward to sharing with you how our first event over seas went at the fabulous Tattersalls along with an update on our amazing July,
Thank you to my sponsors EWW, NAF, Sporting Hares, Racesafe and Fairfax and Favour
Charlotte x
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