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
We had a brilliant two days of competition at Belsay where I was competing four horses.
On Saturday I took HD The One who was competing in his third Novice. He did a nice test in the dressage and we scored 31.8. This put us in the top handful of riders so I was pleased with how he went. The show jumping was causing a few problems and there weren’t too many clear rounds so I was pleased that he went on to jump clear. And he then flew round the cross country being one of just six riders to ... Read More
May got off to a great start with a trip to Badminton Horse Trials. I went up on Sunday to watch my old boss Alex Bragg show jump. Alex has always been a huge inspiration to me, he is a fantastic cross county rider and it is really good to see him competing at this level. Watching the last 20 riders jump in the grandstand was so tense, as we got down to the last 3 riders, everyone was on the edge of their seats, you could hear a pin drop!! So exciting and such a great result for Jonelle ... Read More
May has been a really exciting month with the addition of a new horse on the yard. Redbarn Lux Ury Biscuit aka Biscuit. Biscuit is owned by Eventing Worldwide so its a pleasure to have him on the yard and have the opportunity to compete him.
There is always much excitement when an owner decides to purchase a new horse. Its a relationship that has to work for both parties, the owner has to feel something for the horse and I as the rider, have to get a certain feeling when I ride and train it to make sure I can ... Read More