Its pretty scary that my last blog back in November was bringing the 2015 season to a close and I was jet setting off to Sri Lanka, something that seems a distant memory… Now the next chapter begins.
It’s five more sleeps until the season kicks off for 2016. Thankfully I feel that my horses are very much prepared for the coming season. Well, more prepared than me for the 2am alarms!
The horses have all been going well, each one developing their way of going, on the flat and over show jumps. We have had a number of exciting XC schooling sessions, making the most of the lovely weather, a fair trip down to Tweseldown with novice and intermediate horses and several trips to local Swalcliffe Park with the less experienced horses. Perfect ground and over 100 XC jumps gave them plenty to think about. For some the excitement got a little too much with rather a lot of “ neck strap” moments!
I have some exciting new rides for the season, including three lovely 6yo’s and an unproven 7yo. All of which having great attitudes to their work and I’m excited for their progress this season.
Again, I am very lucky to have such a great team of horses, owners and sponsors. As well as existing and new members of staff. Mum, dad, and my sister being a massive part of the team, and help me so much in making everything run smoothly.
A winter of lots of BSJA and arena eventing. Endless training, exercises, and education has been done over the last few months. It will be soon be time to put everything into practice.
Together we have managed to notch up lots of rosettes, prize money and some great rounds around bigger tracks. Rather liking my transition into bling and sparkles.
About Time Too, supporting a very sparkly brow band which I suspect he may well keep, much to his disappointment for looking too girlie! Sadly my beautiful Conquest gatehouse with SPARKLES is no longer to be my lucky hat due to new rules, but thankfully replaced by the very smart Chelsea hat Thanks to gatehouse becoming a new supporter of mine.
Other goings on this winter on the horsey front includes some fun blood hounding with Hamilton, around Great Tew estate, which he very much enjoyed. It was lovely to see everyone again as it had been far too long.
I have done a number of clinic’s at Farley Hall, Crown Riding Club and Langshott EC. It has been great to follow everyone’s progress and help them prepare for their season to start.
Until next time.