I’m now six months into my partnership with Lara Edwards’ gorgeous Sir Donnerhall son Cyden Cadans M. He’s a 10 yo, KWPN gelding by Sir Donnerhall x Pion and I’m really thrilled with how it’s going.
We made our competitive debut together in January and since then have progressed from Advanced Medium to Prix St Georges. He’s the first horse I’ve ridden at this level so it’s been a big step and a huge learning curve. Following our first outing in March we’ve ridden two plus 68% tests, which is a great step in the right direction. We’ve successfully qualified for the Regional Championships at both levels. This summer I’m hoping to go abroad for our first International together at Young Rider level, post A-level exams – so there’s a lot to look forward to!
Whilst missing the International shows this spring has been a little strange, I’m hoping that giving Danny a little more time to develop will pay off in the long run. We’ve spent a lot of time getting his condition and strength right so it’s been a bit of a waiting game. He’s a really talented horse and I’m so excited to see what the rest of this year brings.
At the start of the year we moved our base to be with my trainer Gareth Hughes. Having the extra support with Danny has been fantastic and I’ve loved being based on a professional yard again, just as I was when I rode SL Lucci in my pony days. Lucci is of course still going strong and doing really well Internationally with his rider Anya Kolleth. I was really proud to see them win their first CDI test together back in April in Nieuw-en-Sint-Joosland. Lucci is such a star in the arena and it’s great to see him giving Anya the same experience as he gave me.
Whilst Lucci will aim for the Pony Europeans in Hungary this summer, it’s back to the training arena for Danny and me as we look to continue to improve. The PSG work is starting to feel really secure now so it’s onwards and upwards. Hopefully we’ll crack the 70% barrier soon and we can set ourselves up for a successful Young Rider campaign in 2018.