Happy New Year to you all!
We are now in full flow here, gearing up for the eventing season after a wonderful Christmas here at home with my family in Dorset. Emily 26 and Rosalie 22 have now flown the the nest and live in London, Emily for the past 6 years and Rosalie left just after Christmas to start an interior design course part time while working on pub interiors in Henley. I am thoroughly enjoying doing the horses full time for my gap year, thanks to the support I receive from Mum (Lucille) and Dad (John) and I recently received the news that my top choice Exeter University have accepted me to start studying Business Economics in September of this year.
Another piece of exciting news!! I have been given a lovely 3 year old filly bred for national hunt, by St des Saints a French Stallion who goes back to Cadoudal. A fantastic blank canvas that I look forward to producing alongside our own homebred 3 year old gelding. I cannot thank Shirley Bailey enough for this fantastic opportunity.
Ogue Caviar & Dialetto have got 2017 off to a brilliant start.
At the end of 2016 Dialetto finished the year with a clean BS record and Tickets to the Senior Discovery Second Round & 1.05m National Amateur Second Round, with one more double clear to go until he qualifies for the Newcomers 2nd round. Next time out he will be stepping up to 1.20m I am very pleased with how far he has come, a complete transformation! A trip to the fantastic Arena Cross Country facilities at Pontispool really proved this horses worth, he has such a bold attitude to everything earning praise from International Event Rider & trainer Nick Gauntlett. An outing to Tall Trees Arena for British Dressage resulted in 2 lovely tests despite the 1 hour delay to do our test we finished 2nd.
Ogue Caviar has been doing the same as Dialetto also getting good results BD, BS, XC schooling & enjoying a few clinics with the likes of Eric Smiley, Nick Gauntlett and Jo Rimmer.
Although It has been hectic one cannot forget the superstar ponies! Just before Christmas Greenhays Popsong qualified for the Dengie Debut & Dengie 2nd rounds, Kitty & JK also put their speedy boots on qualifying too. Meanwhile Euro Timex has been enjoying hunting and jumping huge hedges! As well as sprouting wings as usual here at home, he is a seriously special pony! Jk Kitty’s pony has been at Alexa boot camp as she knuckles down in her GCSE year at school, another incredible pony who is still flying 1.15m tracks & schooling at 2* level flat work. Sadly him & Popsong (Sonny) will have to leave us this year. Even though the daylight hours are getting longer fitting 6 in to ride as well as handling our youngsters is still a challenge!
To give those of you who are not horsey an idea of hours – on Tuesday we arrived back from XC schooling at 5pm with 2 horses, I then plaited the horses with Kelly who helps us (thank goodness!) cleaned tack, loaded the car and schooled a horse in the dark with fog so thick I could barely see 2m ahead of me, I got into the house after 7.30pm cleaned my boots & was gone again by 7.30am the next morning for a 2 hour journey to BD in Cornwall. Yes I have a faithful, probably mad mother!
After a year of putting solid foundations in these horses education who needed the time to develop we look forward to cracking on this year.
- After scoring 94% in the B Squad test at the BYRDS (British Young Riders Dressage) Inter-County, I would like to earn a place on the A Squad.
- BYRDS Home International
- Ogue Caviar & Euro Timex will aim for the Gatehouse 1* league.
- Dialetto will work towards the OIu21 classes, BSJA 2nd rounds and stepping up to 1.30m BS.
So far I will be at the following Championships in 2017:
- British Dressage Petplan Area Festival National Championship with Ogue Caviar
- British Riding Club National Dressage Championship with Caviar (team), Greenhays Popsong (individual) and Kitty with Jamiraqui (team)
- BD Winter Regionals with Caviar
If if you feel as though you could support me with horse power or sponsorship I would love it if you could get in touch so we could discuss what I could offer you.
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