At last the ground conditions are improving and the event season has got underway. We had a great time at Burnham Market Horse Trials in Norfolk.
It is a long way from Devon but the excellent going made the long journey worthwhile. It was lovely to get a successful prep run with Archie and Tess before Badminton, and with Urco before Kentucky….I was getting nervous the big events were looming up, and due to all the cancellations I felt short of match practice. Burnham was Archie and Tess’s first run of the season, and what a treat it is to ride such experienced horses around a decent big course. That sadly will be their only cross country run before Badminton and Urco’s last before Kentucky.
The younger horses had only done 1 event in March due to all the bad weather….but have now had good runs at Larkhill, Weston Park, and Aston Le Walls. Eland and Hambledon Horse Trials are also in April. It is great to get going with them, and feel them gradually progressing.
Emily, my daughter, has been going very well with her horses. Patsy Mason’s Mr Hiho was 4th in the advanced at Weston Park, and she also jumped a double clear in the advanced with Nikki Harwood’s Brookleigh…pretty good for a 17 yr old… she is catching me up fast!!
Urco flies out from Stanstead to America on April 17th, its soon time he starts to pack his bags!! Lauren Reed is going to groom for me out there..she flies out a couple of days later and will meet Urco when he arrives at Kentucky Horse Park. I then fly out on Mon 22nd after competing at Hambledon… exciting times ahead!