Super Nova stole the show with over 90% at the British Dressage Youth Inter-County Challenge. A week later we scored 94% at our squad day in preparation for the next stages, that week I was told we had been selected for the Inter-Regionals at the end of May! Marks are awarded for rider position and effectiveness influencing correct way of going. It’s a fantastic feeling to be awarded like this on a horse I have produced from a weak and undeveloped 4 year old with a summer off due to my brain injury.
To follow this with Nova proving she’s certainly not a ‘one trick wonder’ was extremely exciting. At Bicton May spectacular showjumping she jumped clears up to 1.10m with fast jump offs resulting in winnings and qualification for the 6 year old championship in the main ring where she jumped fantastically. A day later she did another tidy double clear at Pontispool BE100 to finish 5th.
Partner in crime Greenahys Midnight Magic also jumped several clears on a ticket at Bicton and then stormed round Pontispool to finish on her dressage score.
We have had hugely exciting news – Nova and I have been selected for the BD Youth Inter-Regional competition and I have been awarded the Hannah Francis award for my recovery from brain injury and overcoming adversity.
It is very special to be recognised by the legacy Hannah left, she has been a huge inspiration to me. Her positivity helped me realise that you need to make the most of what YOU HAVE not what OTHERS HAVE. My attitude to recovery was shaped around learning and being motivated by Hannah and her achievements. If you haven’t read about or donated to Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony charity, please do.