So in a blink of an eye, the event season has come to an end, we had a great last two events in October.  

Little Downham

Our first event was Little Downham where Hollypark Royale and Ghost Town GT had their last runs. The both did lovely dressage tests, although Mitch was very excited to be out Mitch Bimbleberrypartying again after Hartpury, unfortunately scoring high thirties but this seemed to be around the average dressage mark on this day. Both jumped a super showjumping round just to have the last fence down.  

Casper was up first cross country, and although starting out very well, if not a little strong, he took a dislike to a skinny after the water, this is only his second Novice and he has always been a little tricky. Not the finish we were hoping for, but there is always another day.  

Ginge was last to go and he proved just how much he took away from Hartpury, jumping a very bold clear he made it feel more like a 90, he finished 7th overall in his section. It was lovely to have a top 10 placing at his last event this year.   A winter full of training lies ahead for the big boys. We have big plans for them next year but at the moment they are enjoying a well deserved holiday.    

Bimbleberry

We feel very privileged to have had some company in the lead up to Little Downham, a certain little Bimbleberry came to stay. He is part of the Willberry Wonderpony charity which as many of you know was set up by the late Hannah Francis. She has inspired so many of us over the last year and a half and it was lovely to be able to bring a little piece of it to Essex for the week.  

During his stay he helped us with our daily chores around my full livery yard as well as having quite a few photos taken with some of our liveries.  

He came along to some of my lessons with Juliet Cottey and John Bowen as well as taking a trip out to see the new water treadmill at Shelly Brooks yard in Ramsden. We finished off our week together with a ride around Little Downham's Novice course aboard Mr Ginge.

 LITTLETON MANOR image4

Our last event was with the stunning Lucky Valentina, and we headed off to Littleton Manor. She was entered in the BE90 and did her best event yet with a 27.3 dressage score, double clear with just a couple time to finish 7th. She coped very well cross country considering we had torrential rain and she couldn't see very far in front of her face.   So with event season over its time for everyone to have a little break before we starting hitting the dressage this winter. We are going into next season with some really good horses and we couldn't be more excited.  

I can't thank Saracens enough for their support this year, a correct balanced diet really does make all the difference. All the horse look and feel fantastic, they have recovered from the events amazingly. Bring on 2017!

Lucky Valentina

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