Soooooo excited .....
Not only do I have a birthday this month to celebrate but one of my career dreams has now come true. As from 1st October I have taken over ownership of White Horse Liveries.This fantastic yard is located in Alton Barnes and has brilliant hacking on the Pewsey Downs on the doorstep. My head is full of plans and there is so much to do. Planning permission has been applied for, and the Parish Council have visited to look at the proposed site for a horse walker - fingers crossed! But the first priority is the new fencing which is being installed as I type for the winter paddocks up on the hill, so once the posts have been put in it will be all hands on deck with the electric rope.
My Man Mickie completed his first 2* at Gatcombe, i am just so proud of him and grateful to Sarah Francis for giving me the ride. Dressage was a big step up for him, and we need to continue to improve in this area over the winter. Cross country he was awesome, just so clever and quick with his feet. I opted to take a long route at the double of corners just to give him a better line. We completed the course clear, with just a few time penalties and Mickie finished full of beans, but the rider was most definitely ‘lame’ after having an awkward moment involving a jump and a big drop – thought I was going to hit the deck! Plenty of ice on hand and painkillers and my knee recovered slightly before show jumping – Mickie jumped beautifully over the show jumps with just one unfortunate pole down.The following day sees me limping around the yard unable to ride, desperately in need of a visit to the Physio to work on my poorly knee. Mickie is now going home for a well deserved holiday – I will miss you, but i am looking forward to next season with him.
Team ‘White Horse’ out in force!
September has been a busy month of competing not only for myself but for livery clients as well – we have all had had fun. Altogether there were 9 horses that went off to West Wilts EC Unaffiliated ODE from the yard, all looking very smart. First convoy of lorries left at 6am and several others coming along later. The day was planned with military precision and everything was kept ticking along with Cynthia and Amber doing a great job grooming. Yard Manager Louise had two rides MLP and Drifter both jumping super clear cross country rounds, and picking up a 9th place rosette with Drifter. Pandora and Lucie competed in their first ever ODE, and jumped a great double clear. Katie and April both competed for the first time at BE100 level and were very pleased with how they performed. I had four horses to compete, including the lovely Luna at her first ever event and Spider – both horses went very well and two fantastic double clears with Fina who was placed 8th and Dinah 5th in their respective classes. Lots of friends arrived to support and cheer everyone one on and the communal picnic was the highlight of the day! Finally all horses home, fed and turned out by 8.30pm.
I am celebrating my cousins wedding on Saturday and then on Sunday ‘Team White Horse’ were out on the road again to Tedworth Hunt Hunter Trial at Larkhill. Clear rounds for Luna, Fina and Dinah who picked up a 2nd place and Spider jumped well but just had a run out at a skinny.
“Cheers Saracen Horse Feeds”