It’s been a while since our last blog but there been so much going on! I’m very proud to announce there’s a new four-legged team member too. Dupicor (or Danny to his stable mates) is owned and bred by Mandy Riley who has very kindly given me the opportunity to event Danny this season. He had a great season at BE100 last year so we will aim to step him up to Novice in the very near future. We have already completed two BE100 events where he has shown so much promise, plus we even got a bonus 10th placing last time out finishing on our dressage score of 37 at Richmond horse Trials.
We had hoped to start Kama’s event season as Burgham but unfortunately that was cancelled. We took the opportunity to polish up our showjumping and had a some great rounds and double clears at Newcomers (110cm). Kama then just didn’t feel quite 100% so we had to withdraw Breckenbrough. After a few days he was sound as pound but I knew I had done the right thing by him. We finally made out 2017 debut at Bradwall Horse Trials. He did one of his best tests to date but obviously the judge didn’t agree. I felt happy with it though so I was only disappointed with the score rather than Kama himself. We had two down showjumping (one can be explained, the other was sheer unluckiness!) but XC he just didn’t quite feel himself. We were very sadly eliminated after 3 refusals which is unbelievably unlike Kama, he has never stopped at a fence in his life.
After this we knew he was trying to tell us something. We got him straight to the vets where we came to the conclusion that he should be retired from all jumping activities. It’s absolutely gutting but we are going to dip our toes and hooves into the dressage world so watch this space! The most important thing is that Kama is comfortable and enjoying life but it did make this article particularly relatable. (http://eventingconnect.today/2015/08/18/misery-loves-company-so-eventers-are-never-lonely-the-eventing-9010-rule/)
I’m in the very fortunate position of having Danny to event too so I look forward to reporting on Danny’s development and how Kama and I get on doing some stressage (sorry dressage!).