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At the end of August we took Lander to Millstreet as part of the GB development squad in the CIC*. He was fantastic all week and pulled out all of the stops, even with the 34 hour round journey! He started the event to be inside the top 20 out of 72 combinations after the dressage phase with a good test. After a fantastic clear showjumping over a big track of fences he moved up to be in 12th position overnight. The next day he gave me the most incredible ride x country to be clear inside the time, finishing in 8th place! I couldn’t fault him all week, he was just amazing! Meanwhile I opened my GCSE results in the morning of our first day competing, and I’m very glad to say that I was very pleased with them, as they could’ve played a huge part in how I rode at Millstreet.

Unfortunately, with the arrival of a new livery horse, a week before the BE100 RF at Firle International Simba caught an air bound hoof on his chest and it became a little swollen. Luckily they’re good friends now! Although he would probably have been absolutely fine we decided to miss out on the event, which was a great shame as he had an opportunity to qualify for Badminton grassroots. However he was due to go on a 3 month holiday after the event anyway, so now he has an extra week with no work! He’s currently very hairy and dirty and just enjoying life as a normal horse, and we will be bringing him back into work at the beginning of November. At this rate he may need a new saddle, as in just over a month with no riding he has already grown a huge amount!

We ended the season by moving up to Intermediate, which was both mine and Lander’s first time competing at this level. We competed in the OIu21 at Little Downham and had the most fantastic day. We started with a 33.2 dressage in a very harshly marked section to be inside the top 10 after this phase. He then jumped a fantastic clear round showjumping which made me even more nervous than I already was going into the x country phase! It was a huge track of fences and I'll admit that I wasn't sure if I was going to cope with it, but we came back having had the most fantastic clear round, he was so bold and so scopey over the biggest fences on the course! We did however get a fair amount of time penalties, as I took one alternate route just to be on the safe side, and made my life extremely difficult by accidentally going around one of the judging cars after the jump, so I had to do a very tight turn slowly, which wasted a huge amount of time!! We were dropped down just out of the placings because of this, but it doesn't matter at all – we had the best experience that we could’ve asked for with our first time at this level, and now I’m extremely excited for next season with this fantastic horse. Lander is now enjoying a very well deserved 12 week  holiday, and his Connemara side is starting to show as he’s already extremely hairy!

And I’m thrilled to say that 2 new 3yo’s arrived at home a few weeks ago! Both are completely untouched mares from the Netherlands, and I must say they are quite beautiful! They both come from showjumping lines but have more than enough blood and movement to event. They’re currently being backed at Jason Webb’s and I am so excited to go and see them being ridden. They’ll come for a break in a couple of weeks and then go back down to Jason’s, at which point he will show me how to ride them. Then at the end of November it’ll be all hands on deck – so I’m looking forward to a very busy winter!


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October 18, 2017  |   Share: