At last the season has got underway and Emily and I started with a win each at Aldon which was lovely, hurray! The ground dried up just in time and it was fab to get all the horses out eventing.
Archie won the AI, Lottie was 4th in the novice and Jay was 7th in the OI. All 3 did good dressage tests and jumped lovely double clears. I decided to speed on with Archie which he thoroughly enjoyed, and he felt like a 7 yr old, not a 17 yr old!! He has a big run at Belton Horse Trials this coming weekend which may be his last event before Badminton, so hopefully all will go well! Jay is doing his first CIC*** at Belton, (and Emily is doing her first CIC*** on Brookleigh!) plus Emily has her first Junior Trial of the season, so lots to look forward to! We took a lorry full to Gatcombe Horse Trials, the week after Aldon, I rode 1 and Emily 5. I did the OI with Jay where again he went well for a lower placing, I am not going too fast XC with him at the mo as he is pretty feisty to ride and want to try to keep him calm for the bigger events ahead.
Socially March has been fun. David, Emily and I had a lovely day at Cheltenham races on World Hurdle day thanks to a kind invitation from The Jockey Club, and also a day at Exeter races the following week. David follows racing closer than me, its nice for us to spend a rare day together. I was also invited to The Country Life reception at Claridges, and a black tie Equestrian Dinner for Spinal Research, for whom I am an ambassador, in Piccadilly. Both were the same evening in London, so that worked out well! I was the speaker at a ladies lunch in aid of South West Hospice, plus did a couple of evening talks. With the first 2 events cancelled I got time to watch Freddie, my son, play rugby in some matches in Devon’s U15 squad… v proud Mum!!
Emily and I have some VERY exciting news of a new sponsor for us both. Verdon Grey www.verdongrey.co.uk are luxury outdoor furniture experts who had a stand at Barbary Horse Trials last year which is where we met them. Please see the separate post to read all about it, including a competition to win a day with Emily and I.
Barney, our lovely brown and white collie started to wander and I heard of Freedom Fencing www.freedom-fence.co.uk (Peter Gifford Tel: 01666 860375) through a friend. We have had it fitted around our property and it is so brilliant. He can now romp around all day without being shut in, and quickly learnt where the boundary was. The collar peeps when he gets near the boundary, and I just take off his special collar when he comes out hacking with me. If you want your dog to have plenty of freedom I highly recommend the product!