It’s been a very busy summer since my last blog.
Jardy was a fantastic event for us, Quicklook was a super 2nd in the ERM by just 0.1 of a penalty! So close! Santiago Bay was just brilliant yet again for another win in the ‘non ERM’ 4*S. We were getting closer to our dream of taking her to Burghley.
Aachen was our next stop with Jalapeño, competing here is always such a huge privilege, it’s just absolutely amazing. We were very pleased with Jala’s dressage and feeling like we are really making progress here. The jumping phases however did not go to plan with a few mistakes and plenty of homework to be done. This also meant no selection for the European Championships as the form was just not good enough. Completely accepted and mission now is to make it better.
Some jumping at Hickstead was such fun, the Royal International is one of my favourite shows, Chico Bella was also 3rd in the Eventing GP in some serious heat wave!!
Next was the VERY long trip to Millstreet in Ireland. Most definitely not my best week in the sport. Summer StarDust was great in the 6yo class but a very annoying and uncharacteristic mistake xc kept us out the placings; Quicklook in the ERM did a lovely dressage and clear SJ but hated the gluey muddy going and was not keen to gallop fast so I didn’t push, we ended up just outside the placings. Jalapeño was absolutely brilliant in the dressage and SJ to lead the 4*S going into the XC but a stupid annoying mistake cost us the win. We are very much still getting to know each other and need to cement our partnership. More homework!!
More jumping at Hickstead and brilliant to have MGH Candy Girl back out and on serious form. I love jumping this little superstar. Chico Bella came out again for a 3rd in the Bunn 1.35m Derby Challenge in the main ring. How cool is she?! She’s loving the Hickstead main arena!
It’s Burghley time, eeeekkk!! What a week - so good and so disappointing. Arctic Soul and I made a very rare mistake XC resulting in a tip up. Absolutely gutted for him and his very loyal owners, just one of those annoying things, margins for error at this level are basically zero. A very tough few hours after falling off and before getting onto Santiago Bay followed, with a few tears and doubts but my team around me were amazing. A special shout out to my boyfriend Gary Stevens who literally didn’t leave my side and basically told me to get on and go for it. Also, the ‘Eventing Family’ so supportive with pep talks from 3 quite simply awesome women.... Jonelle Price, Pippa Funnell and Zara Tindall. What an amazing sport we are involved in. We did ‘go for it’ and I had the most incredible ride on this very special mare, she’s so game and her jumping is just the best in the game. She was fit and well after the XC and came out to jump an incredible round of SJ with honestly the most unlucky rail (which she didn’t deserve) to finish up 7th. So, so chuffed and what a future this mare has.
Onto Blenheim with Chilli Knight for the 8/9yo class, he really did try his absolute best in all 3 phases with a fantastic and very fast xc round to finish up in 3rd place in this prestigious class, rising from 23rd after dressage and SJ. This horse is so consistent and always puts his best effort into everything. So proud of him, having had him right from the beginning. He is very very sadly for sale and I would love to retain the ride. Any ideas welcome.
Just a few events to go!