After getting back from WEG, it’s been all go to the end of the season - lots of busy events with many ponies! It was lovely to have 3 wins and placings at our local event - South of England - just 3 days after returning, even though the weather was rather a shock! My own lovely Billy Shania (Shania, pronounced like Shania Twain in case you are wondering!) won the CIC2 star, finishing on her dressage score, and Chilli Knight (Alfie) finished a close 2nd in the same class. Both Facari MG (Milli) and Chilli’s Prince (William) won their novice sections. These results are a HUGE credit to my team, who worked the horses whilst I was away for 2 weeks in WEG! Onto Dauntsey where we had again a few good placings as well as Quicklook (Pebbles)winning the Special OI section, and it was so lovely to have her back on form.
We were then onto Lignieres in France with 3 young horses. Let’s just say this wasn’t my event! We didn’t come home with any prizes! Lovely event, but let’s move on to the next .... this was then a big logistical challenge, to get to Strzegom (Poland) with three different horses. We had organised for the 3 Poland horses to be brought to Calais to do the swap, to save us going back across the water! It worked well and we arrived in Poland easily. Strzegom is a super event, and Chilli Knight (Alfie) finished a brilliant 3rd in his first CCI3 star, just knocking the last fence in the show jumping, which cost us the win (and allowed Michi Jung to sneak in!). Alfie is only 8, so we are thrilled with this result. Chilli’s Gem (Roo) was 8th in a very competitive CCI2 star. Quicklook (Pebbles) went and led the dressage but after having 2 down SJ and not feeling quite herself we decided to save her for next year. Home time and a few days in England before heading to Pau CCI4 star with Santiago Bay (Kizzy) and Pamero 4 (Pee).
A great but very challenging week! I managed to badly hurt my neck on the Monday, barely being able to get out of bed for 2 days. Thanks to my Mum and Charlotte (head girl) the horses were kept on top form and had every need catered for. They didn’t notice me not riding them! The dressage could have gone better with both horses (this is my winter goal - I need to get better!). Kizzy gave me an absolutely brilliant round XC bar one tiny mistake - she gave me such an amazing feel, galloped and jumped for fun around her first 4 star. Pee was simply perfect, finishing easily inside the time, recovering SO quickly, and climbed from 13th to 2nd! Both horses bounced through the trot up and jumped 2 incredible clear rounds round a very large SJ track, Pee finishing a super 2nd, which is my best ever 4 star finish, and by just 0.4 penalties! Pee was the only horse in the event to FOD (finish on his dressage score), which is quite an achievement.
Thanks to my two star girls who carried me through the week, Caroline Teltsch, owner of Santiago Bay, who provided plenty of support and bought most of the pharmacy!! Thanks to Rachel Greetham who kept putting me together! And thank you to Clive Smith (owner of Pamero 4). I am very lucky to have 2 such lovely horses at this level.
A great end to a long and successful season. Huge thanks go to all my sponsors and owners as well as my home team. Eventing really is all about “TEAM” and in my opinion I have the very best.