Well it’s been a ‘full on’ first half of 2017. My Man Mickie and I have completed our first Advanced event at Little Downham and then the 3* at Barbury International Horse Trials, both with super clear x country rounds. Well it’s been a ‘full on’ first half of 2017. My Man Mickie and I have completed our first Advanced event at Little Downham and then the 3* at Barbury International Horse Trials, both with super clear x country rounds.
So proud of Sarah Francis’s little grey horse, he can be quirky but he is an absolute dream to jump. Every time we have gone up a level he has taken the challenge on. Dressage is still a work in progress as ‘flying changes’ are very unsettling and we get very tense and silly! But there is always something to work on and I am going to call it my ‘Winter Project’ with the aim of a calm ‘flying change’ by the start of next season (hopefully)!
Heading off to Hartpury 3* this weekend and when we return Mickie is going to take a little well earned rest back with his owner Sarah and his best buddy Alma and chill out in the field for a few weeks.
Both All Night Dinah and Moonville have been performing well picking up some good placings, especially the 1st place Moonville gained at Goring and Dinah’s 4th at Chepstow, both have successfully moved up to BE100.
There’s nothing better than a little bit of ‘retail therapy’ to brighten up your day, with that in mind in April I bought a lovely little ‘Connie’ from Ireland that caught my eye, who has a super little jump and is very sweet natured. And I also couldn’t resist a 4 year old ex racehorse called Tuna whom I hope to start eventing next year - so my ‘Winter Projects’ are growing in number but I just love to be busy!
On the yard ......
I am in de-clutter mode which I hope in turn will give me a clearer and calmer mind. I have had one visit to the tip already and another pile of rubbish is ready to go and that is only from the Common Room!
Pride of place on the yard (apart from the horses) is an old Ford Tractor which my clever Dad has now restored and is in perfect working order – he won’t let anyone else but himself drive it at the moment so I am keeping him busy topping fields, moving trailers etc.
Coming up at White Horse Liveries we have the second of our Adult and Children’s Camps and a Fun Horse and Dog Show on 3rd September of which Saracen Horse Feeds have very kindly donated prizes for the Dressage classes – thank you very much.
So now I have to turn my mind to Hartpury 3*. Pack up the lorry, navigate the dressage test and tackle the x country course which will no doubt be the most technical we have attempted so far – fingers and everything crossed - wish me luck.