A lot has been going on since the excitement of being selected to represent Team GB at the Blair European Championships.
It is said time and time again what an amazing place Aachen is and it feels special every time I get to visit. It really was a privilege to be asked to compete there amongst the elite riders from all disciplines with facilities second to none. Being first to go was never going to be easy but “Smokey” did the team proud, with a very respectable dressage, an unlucky pole showjumping and foot perfect around what proved to be a very influential cross country track. I couldn’t be more pleased with his performance and am feeling very ready and prepared for Blair (10th to 13 Sept) with him.
Cavalier Venture also contested his first advanced with me at Aston Le Walls back in July. I was over the moon with how he tackled the cross country track and he cruised around giving me a great feel. He will now head to Blenheim CIC3* 8/9 year old class in September to take the step up to 3*
Gatcombe is always a highlight in the summer and I was thrilled how Derries Blitz stepped up to the plate at the Novice champs. This was his first big occasion and he really enjoyed the atmosphere, trying very hard in his test and jumping a fantastic double clear to come in the top 20. I am looking forward to him stepping up to 2* star level next.
I also have some very exciting young horses coming up through the grades and all of my Novice horses are really starting to show their potential and quality. DHI Hope over experience came 3rd at West Wilts, having recently stepped up to Novice Meanwhile his stable mate DHI Evento not to be outdone came 5th It’s important to give these young ones time to learn their trade, I really enjoy working with the younger horses and taking the time to see how their journey with me unfolds.
Back at home, I am very fortunate to have a strong team working in the yard. This is important while we are away so much at competitions. Camille my 2nd rider and Kizzy my working pupil were keeping all the other horses in work while we have been away. The Saracen team have been ensuring that my horses are nutritionally sound and advising on the energy levels that each of them need.
Now the autumn three-day campaign feels closer than ever, with the big horses heading to Burghley, Blair and Blenheim. The next few weeks are going to be very busy!