I recently put the below together, going through my thoughts and ideas for getting a young horse ready to go out competing. Ably assisted by 5YO homebred Flo-Jo!
Harry, Delphi and Pickle after their makeovers, looking well and feeling super thanks to Spillers Horse Feed!
We had a really tough time last week as we said goodbye to the wonderful Fernhill Now or Never (Hugo to his friends). Having been out and about on him before Christmas, very sadly wear and tear caught up with him and he deteriorated rapidly, so saying goodbye was the kindest thing to do.
On a sunny day like today we’ve been looking back at all his highlights and I am feeling very grateful to have been able to ride such a wonderful horse. Purchased as a 5YO from Carol Gee, we rose through the ranks together and learnt so much. He gave me my first appearance for Team GB in former 2* Championships. We then went onto three 5* completions, with the highlight being Badminton in 2018, where we finished as best GB first-timers and had a cross country round I will never forget! He really was a jumping machine and gave me so many wonderful rounds at the very highest level, along with picking up top placings throughout his career.
The yard will not be the same without him and I wish we could have had more time to give him the retirement he deserved. I want to say a huge thank you to all my amazing team who were part of our journey and made it all possible.
I am forever grateful for all the brilliant and memorable times we had together. Thank you Hugo 💙
The team all feeling spring-heeled at Rectory Farm Arena yesterday - gearing up to the season ahead.
Milchem Sea Breeze
KEC Delicate Girl
Belle & Delphi putting their best foot forward today at Aston Le Walls – both jumping double clear and coping with the conditions really well.
Congratulations to Aston le Walls for hosting and finding the best of the going for the cross country.
We had a great outing at Calmsden Horse Trials on Saturday and hats off to the organising team for doing an amazing job to run the event.
Lecarrow Watermill (Belle) was 9th in the novice and Hazard Z (Harry) was 5th in the 100
Sad not to be able to run on Sunday, but the weather definitely took a turn for the worst!
It was brilliant to be at Osberton 5YO Championships with the lovely Milchem Sea Breeze. We have had a great season and she has taken to eventing like a duck to water, winning her qualifier at Wellington Horse Trials in great style.
Our dressage felt nice and I was so pleased about how relaxed she stayed with more atmosphere. However, it was one of those days where the judge was not quite on the same page as us and we got a rather average mark, but it took nothing away from the mares performance.
Onto the show-jumping and she jumped a mega clear which was awesome. She also went brilliantly cross country, bar one unfortunate misunderstanding.
However, overall it was such a excellent experience for her and I can’t wait to keep producing her, very exciting for the future!
Busy and great couple of days for the team.
Friday saw us head to Moreton Morrell, where Meridianway Grafs Pride finished 6th in the Novice and Osberton bound 5YO Milchem Sea Breeze also put in a lovely performance in the BE100 for 9th place.
Yesterday we went to the new event at Cirencester Park, which was a fantastic venue. Horses again where on form with Hazard Z picking up 3rd and I also rode Ultravox for the Hazell family who was 4th. KEC Delicate Girl did a great dressage and show-jumping but just green mistake cross country.
All in all a successful couple days! We are now re-grouping before heading off to Osberton for the Young Horse Championships
Great day at West Wilts with the team.
Meridianway Grafs Pride was 9th in the Novice, Hazard Z 4th in the 100. KEC Delicate Girl was brilliant but I had a sat nav failure in the form of a missed XC fence () keeping her out of the ribbons!! Piccolo V had a steady run for his first outing since Hartpury jumping a lovely double clear to finish 11th.
Beautiful Meridianway Ramzes Boy was also an absolute star with Alex Whewall Eventing 3rd in only his second novice with a cracking double clear. Well done to Alex and Brutus.