Hi everyone! When I last spoke to you I’d had some huge highs and tough lows, but I think I can safely say the last six weeks have had more highs then lows.
In the middle of May I was lucky enough to take on a new ride, while his dad was off with a broken leg. John decided to send Santi, his youngster, to me to carry on his education as he is only six and John is going to be in plaster for a while yet. So far he’s been a real pleasure and considering he’d been off work for seven weeks he’s come back really well.
My first event since I last spoke to you was to the wonderful Chatsworth with Percy and the dogs Betty and Dolly. It is truly one of the most beautiful settings for an event on the British Eventing calendar. I’m not sure Percy had seen crowds like that before but it didn’t seem to faze him.
Our day got off to a fantastic start with a 25 dressage… yes that’s right, my cow coloured pony scored a 25! In the showjumping he was super, but jockey error by fiddling caused him to have a fence down.
He felt fabulous across country and I think I pretty much grinned the whole way round but we had a silly glance off at the corner, which was on a turn from a big table – he was just a little keen and landed running. Looking back I should have taken a pull but I let him bowl on. Still I was thrilled to bits with him.
What made the day that extra bit special was having a lovely chat to Mary King whilst walking the cross-country. Also Sir Mark Todd asked me in the warm up what the fence order was… I said to him it’s not every day Sir Mark Todd asks you where he’s supposed to be going!
My next event was with my big man Frankie. We headed to Beaver Hall, a venue that uses Equo for their entries, for a spot of dressage. It was his first time out in nearly a year due to injury, and we only went and won the Veteran Dressage Championship with 74.16% and the Open Novice Championship with 69.42%. Not a bad return!
On 28th May we had a great day at Field House Equestrian with Elfie and Santi. They both did the Prelim 7, which I entered through Equo. Elfie was first to go in the section. He had never been to this venue and the arena can be a little spooky but he coped well and did a lovely confident test for 68%. Only to be beaten by Santi, who got 68.25%. It was fab to take home a 1st and 2nd.
My final outing in May was to Beaver Hall, which I found on the Equo page and we decided to try something different… showing! However, I don’t think we’ll be making a habit of it… Frankie thought that the whole thing was just one big prize giving and was far too excited! We were 2nd in the Hunter class and 2nd in the Veteren class. He’d much rather be out eventing to let off some steam on the cross-country course.
Cupid’s Arrow made her first appearance at a show on 11th June. She had her first ever bath the morning of the show, travelled on the lorry for her second ever time, had her first plaits in and went in an indoor school for the first time. So it was a massive day for her. She behaved beautifully and trotted out with plenty of elegance in her class, the In Hand Youngstock at Reaseheath, to take top spot. A 1st at her very first show! I’m as proud as punch.
On 12th June I had a super day out with Elfie at Field House Equestrian, which I entered through Equo. We did Prelim 7 to start and did pretty much a foot perfect test apart from one spook as we cantered past the cafe, where he scored a 6. The rest of it was lovely and flowing and he scored 73.5% for 2nd place.
So that is what I’ve been up to for the last five weeks – I love what I do and wouldn’t change my hobby for anything else. Don’t forget to check out my other brand ambassador blogs.
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