It started with a trip down to Bicton Arena which is always a pleasure! The facilities are great at Bicton and the course was lovely, the team had put a great deal of effort into the ground and it was very much appreciated by us riders!
We had a great dressage, with a score of 26.5. We seem to getting more consistent in our relaxation now, which is really helping to bring those additional marks in. Unfortunately the cross country was another matter!! Rhingo was very strong and pretty much pulled me 80% of the way round the course, with a ... Read More
What a month June was, I hardly feel like my feet have touched the floor. From Luhmuhlen to Hickstead to Strzegom to Ireland with the odd wedding or two along the way I can safely say I feel like I haven’t stopped to take a breath.
Cool Investment ( Monkey) achieved something I never thought possible. He’s had so many problems throughout his career from being kicked badly as a young horse to Kissing Spine with the odd niggling injury along the way. For him to compete at four star level was an absolute dream come true for me. It just ... Read More
Whilst we are all sat in this unbelievable heat, I can’t believe that 2 weeks ago at the Riding Club Horse Trails at Moreton, I was wearing a coat and complaining about the cold!!
It was cold, wet and pretty miserable, and for our team not the best circumstances for us. We were down to 3 riders, my lorry had decided it didn’t want to start anymore, and with heavy rain that morning the ground was not ideal. However, for Rhingo, the edge to the weather made him more compliant and he went really well. A great score of 23.3 in ... Read More
My June blog sees me 3 weeks post injury. I will be honest and say this is not quite where I thought I would be mid season, but, thats life as they say, so there’s no point getting down about it, instead I have been busy in other areas of my life.
In addition to riding, I also coach riders and I am also a fully qualified Sports Psychologist. I love being able to teach from the ground but I also love being able to help people with confidence and performance issues, which maybe stopping them from achieving their best.
This month, ... Read More
I can’t believe we are half way through the 2018 season already! June has been an amazing month and has passed so quickly!
Last month was all about prepping the 2 horses H.D.Bronze and Ramilo for Bramham International, and Wow, what an amazing time we had!
Bramham has got to be the best course I have ever ridden around. The atmosphere, the crowds, the top riders that were there, it all made it into probably one of the top highlights so far in my eventing career. When I walked the course I did think, this is a big and bold and square ... Read More
It was a mixed day for Charlotte and her team at Nunney.
The Emerald Lily was entered for the OI, her first event since competing in the 2* at Rockingham last month. Lily was on super form producing a smart dressage and jumping a double clear to finish 6th in a very competitive class.
This was great preparation as she now heads to Barbury to compete in the CIC***.
Biscuit was in the Novice Regional Final seeking a place at the championships. It was his first Intermediate dressage test. ... Read More
I was competing at Bramham horse trials doing my first CIC*** with Ramilo and HD Bronze.
In the dressage both horses did nice tests. Ramilo was first to go and I’ve been working a lot running through the test with him to get him ready. And all the work paod off. He was a lot more rideable and relaxed. He is quite a show off and when he realised everybody was there to watch him he tried to do the best he could and did really well. HD Bronze did his test ... Read More
Someone wise once said: ‘The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.’ As a seasoned equestrian I would like to add a third; ‘No matter how well laid the plans, the road ahead is never straight.’
Earlier this year I was privileged to be asked to join the EWW supported rider scheme. It came with the perhaps spurious honour of writing a monthly blog. As someone who has always shied away from writing public blogs, you will dear readers hopefully bear with me, as I flounder through the early days of blog writing, until I perhaps one day produce ... Read More
Houghton International Horse Trials has always been one of my favourite events and I have been going there every year since they held their first event in 2006.
I took Cool Investment, aka Monkey, for the CIC***, which was also the Nations Cup class and very competitive, as his last prep run before Luhmühlen.
I was really pleased with his dressage and he had a personal best score of 35.8 which was an improvement of ten marks from his last dressage.
In the show jumping he jumped ... Read More
It was a fabulous few days competing away at Brand Hall International Horse Trials.
We were competing Redbarn Lux Ury Biscuit in his first One Star which was a fair ask seeing as we have only had him for eight weeks. But he has proven himself more than capable and he certainly rose to the challenge. Dressage has been his weakest phase and something we have been working on at home. He produced a smart test which scored 31.1 and left him in a strong position in a competitive field. In the show jumping ... Read More