Well it’s so great to have begun the season at last! We started off at Aldon where I had all six horses competing over the weekend… the weather was great and they all certainly loved being out! I had Zara, Indie and Peter in the Novice on the Saturday - Indie was a little excited in her test so didn’t get her best mark, but jumped a great double clear, Pete did a great test of 26 and jumped a really good double clear but I just went slowly xc as it is only his 3rd ever novice, Zara was awesome and won her section on an impressive 24 double clear. Then on the Sunday I had Zip, Brook and Charlie in the OIu21… Brook and Zip were both a little exuberant in their tests to say the least but then both jumped very well! Charlie, who is the youngest and least experience of the three, did did a great test of 30 and followed it up with a super double clear (but only steady xc) to finish 8th. So overall a really great weekend which hopefully gave them all an enjoyable and confident start to the season!
Unfortunately Somerley was cancelled so our next event was Gatcombe. I had a mega busy day with 5 in the the Intermediate and Open Intermediate classes (Brook, Zip, Indie, Carlie & Zara), which was very exciting… and good for my fitness!!! They all did good tests and jumped really well (despite the sticky ground and torrential hail storms), I didn’t run them fast xc due to the conditions… Zip finished 4th and Charlie 9th.
I’ve also had quite a few social events on through March… Mum, Dad and I were kindly invited to Cheltenham for World Hurdle Day thanks to The Jockey club, it was a fantastic day with world class racing… but unfortunately I didn’t have too many winners!!! Mum and I also had a great evening in London last week… we were invited to Claridges for a Country Life reception and also Piccadilly for a Spinal Research charity dinner. It worked out really well that both of the events happened to be on the same night and very close to each other… so we were able to attend both of them!! I also had a very entertaining day filming at home with Ben Hobday for Elite Eventing… it should be released very soon, so like Elite Eventing on Facebook and Twittter and subscribe on Youtube, as a highly amusing video is heading there soon!!
Mum and I also have some REALLY exciting news… we’ve just signed a sponsorship deal with Verdon Grey, the luxury outdoor furniture experts. We are thrilled and very lucky to have them join our team… exciting times ahead!
We leave early tomorrow morning for Belton Horse Trials. We’re going via Ferdi’s for dressage lessons on the way and then start competing on the Friday. It’s a very exciting weekend as I’m doing my first ever CIC3* on Brook – eeeeekkkk!!!! Also Zara and Indie are in the OIu21 Junior Trial and Zippy is in the CIC2*… so everything crossed, I can’t wait!!!