So it’s been a while since the last blog, it’s been a busy summer!
Both of the horses have improved so much over the summer.
Figi has gone from a very green 4yo trotting round British Novices to winning Discoveries and numerous double clears at British Novice- qualifying for all her second rounds for next year. The last three shows she has done she has won every time out including a Scope qualifier at Tall Trees Arena and two Discovery’s at grass shows. She has come on so much so quickly and I am looking forward to her career as a 5yo!
The highlight of this season was definitely Royal Cornwall with Ed. I entered him in the Grade C which was a big ask as he had only jumped a handful of Foxhunter classes before this. I would say he was definitely one of the most least experienced horses in the class but that didn’t seem to phase him… Not only was it a big track, it was a spooky buzzy ring with so much atmosphere but he seemed to love it! I was about 12th to go in the class and no one had jumped clear yet, and Ed pulled it out the bag to be the first clear inside the time! I was so surprised as I thought it was just going to be a round to gain experience at that height but it was no problem for him. This of course meant I had to jump off first. There was a lot of good experienced horses going into the jump off so I knew I had to go quick enough and clear to even get placed, and thats exactly what we did! We jumped a quick clear in the jump off to end up in a very respectable 3rd! I couldn’t have been happier with him – he is truly one in a million and my horse of a lifetime.
At the beginning of September I took them both to the All England Jumping Championships at Hickstead which was really exciting as I had never been there before. Figi jumped double clear every day like the little star she is and Ed jumped some really good rounds in some bigger classes and again I couldn’t have asked any more from him.
As winter is coming quickly its time to start winding down on the shows, Ed is having some well deserved time off over the winter and Figi is going to do some hunting and have a bit of fun before her time off later in the year.
2016 has been an incredible season where I have learnt so much and got two lovely horses which I am so lucky to have. I am extremely grateful to have such a good team of people behind me including my ever supportive family, my trainer, my friends and partner and my sponsors Griggs.
Hoping my next blog will have lots of updates on Figi’s hunting and more exciting plans for next season!