28th May

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It was such a pleasure to compete at the weekend at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, I think the horses really enjoyed the change of scenery too.

Horses in the yard:

1. Imperial Cavalier: Stable name Archie – Advanced Level

Sire – Cavalier Royale

Dam – Gene Pool


Owned by Eddie & Sue Davies and Janette Chinn

15 Year old Bay Gelding and is my top horse

On the short list for the 2012 Olympics


2. Kings Temptress: Stable name Tess – Advanced Level

Site – Primitive Rising

Dam – Kings Mistress


Owned by Derek Baden and “The Mares Team”

12 year old Bay mare and is my second horse shortlisted for the Olympics, Tess is also the third horse I bred myself at home.


3. Apache Sauce: Stable name Caffery – Advanced level

Sire – Endoli

Dam – Saucy Secret


Owned by Gillian Jones

16 Year old Chestnut Gelding



4. MHS King Joules: Stable name Jay – Intermediate

Sire – Ghareeb

Dam – Gowran Lady


Owned by Eddie & Sue Davies and Janette Chinn

7 year old Black Gelding


5. Cavalier Venture: Stable name Chubby – Novice

Site –NewmarketVenture

Dam –NewmarketRATR Cavalier


Owned by Eddie & Sue Davies and Janette Chinn

6 year old bay gelding

Fixtures and results for 2012


Tweseldown 8-10 March

Cavalier Venture and MHS King Joules both ran really well finishing 4th and 29th respectively in their classes.

Aldon 17-18 March

I rode all my Horses at Aldon. Cavalier Venture finished a respectable 6th at Novice level after a great ride, Archie and Tess had a good first run out to start their year finishing 15 and 21.

This was my first competitive ride on Chilli Morning and we finished 10th in our class. I wasn’t happy with the way I was riding him but hoped that our next ride at BeltonPark would be better.

Somerley 27 March

Cavalier Venture and MHS King Joules competed really well, finishing 7th and 2nd in their classes.

Belton Park 30-1 April

I decided to withdraw my top horses as the ground was dry and running them would not have any effect on their Olympic preparation. Apache Sauce ran well in the CIC** finishing in the top 20.

Larkhill 7 April

Cavalier Venture gave me a great ride and I am really pleased with his progress finishing 6th

Sapey 11-12 April

Cavalier Venture was really on great form and had his first win at novice level, clever boy!

Badminton 3-7 May CANCELLED

Chatsworth 12-13 May CANCELLED

Aston le Wells 14 May

At last an event is able to run! I rode Cavalier Venture and MHS King Joules, and Emily rode Mr Hiho. Good smooth confident XC rounds on them all set them up nicely for their 3 day event at Houghton Hall the following week.

Houghton Hall

I took 5 horses to Houghton and really enjoyed the weekend, it was great to finally compete and the weather was fabulous and the ground good.

Cavalier Venture competed in his first CCI* and for a 6 year old he was fantastic. Out of 104 competing at that level he came 4th which was amazing and I am so pleased with his progress.

MHS King Joules competed in his first CCI** and he went really well too. He has only had 3 intermediate runs prior to this so I knew it was a big ask of him. I took him very steadily round the course but he performed brilliantly.

My two Olympic horses competed in the CIC** and were on great form. Yogi Breisner, our performance manager for the eventing team, advised me to ride them fairly strongly across country without racing them which I did and they both went beautifully. Myself and Kings Temptress were also part of the British Team in the Nations cup along with Piggy French on Jakata, Francis Whittington on Sir Percival III, and Sarah Cohen on Treason and it was a thrill to win. While on the podium we all hoped that we would be in the same position in two months time!!

I also took Apache Sauce to Houghton for the CIC*** and unfortunately I have decided to retire him from top level competition. He has not had a refusal since he was a young horse, but he refused at one of the drop fences on the cross country course. He has become a bit more reluctant about drop fences and galloping freely downhill so I spoke to his owner Gill Jonas and we made the decision to retire him which is very sad. However on a positive note Emily, my daughter, is going to try him. If she gets on with him she will compete on him at a lower level.

Emily also took Mr Hiho to Houghton to do both their first CCI**. They were 5th after a great dressage test. However they had one refusal on the cross country the awkward double of corners, and 1 show jump down. It was a great experience for them both, and not bad for a 16 year old! Emily is also busy revising for her GCSE’s so lots to do!


The team will be picked on the 11 June so it is now a waiting game to see who is chosen to be part of this great event. I feel quietly confident but we are very lucky to have a lot of talented riders and horses available so will keep you posted.

Don’t forget to look out for me on the Great British Menu finals on BBC2 on the 8th June. The show is to be based on a celebration of the Olympic Games and will honour the hopes and achievements of the country’s sporting heroes with food that captures the Olympic spirit.

Here is my eventing programme for the rest of the year:

  • JUNE:
  • 23-24 Salperton………Glos
  • 28-1Barbary…………Wilts
  • JULY:
  • 3-4 Nutwell………….Devon
  • 13-15 Gatcombe British Champs…Glos
  • 20-22 Aston le Walls…Northants
  • 27-30 OLYMPICS (I HOPE!)
  • More events through until October.






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