After the Olympics it was straight back into the normal family life, but
with lots of press, media and public requests! It is at this sort of time
(when I am still trying to catch up with all my paperwork at 1 am each
morning!) that I wonder if I should have a secretary but I know it will all
calm down in a few months time.
Emily’s serious preparation for her Junior European Champs started in August.
She finished 3rd in her final trial at Aston Le Walls. She had 2 days team
training at Aston Mullins mid August then on my way up to Burghley I dropped
her, her horse Mr Hiho (owned by Patsy Mason), and 2 weeks worth of feed and
kit at her final team training. The horses were picked up 3 days later by
Parkers Transport and driven out to Poland (over 3 days). Emily and the
other 5 Juniors flew out 3 days later in time to greet the horses on their
arrival at Strzegom.
Before Burghley I had a surprising win with Cavalier Venture (Chubby) in his
2nd intermediate. He is improving rapidly as he matures, so much so he has
been selected for the prestigious 6yr old Championships at Le Lions D’Angers
in France in October.
Kings Temptress was in such good form for Burghley. She was fit and ready to
run at the Olympics in case Archie had a problem, but as that didn’t happen
I ran her at 1 Open Intermediate at Aston Le Walls where
she won before heading to Burghley. She produced her PB in the
dressage phase, but annoyingly I rode fence 7 on the XC course badly and we
got in a muddle resulting in a run out. My first thought was ‘thank goodness
I didn#t do that at the Olympics!’ I decided to retire and reroute her to Pau
CCI**** in France at the end of October. Imperial cavalier is also going to
Pau as he is very well after Greenwich and had the all clear from Liz Brown,
our team vet.
My mum and I are flying out to Poland on Wednesday to support Emily, David
my husband is flying out on Friday. Freddie my son would love to come but
sadly has school and sporting commitments.
Programme of events public can attend:
5-9 Junior Europeans…..Poland
10 Team GB Olympic Parade…London
11 Polo on the Beach… Sponsored by Joules at Watergate Bay, Cornwall
(Emily and I are playing in a celebratory match!)
14 Gatcombe Horse Trials…Glos
17 Talk…Westerley BMW Exeter (contact dealership)
23 Bricky Horse Trials…Dorset
26 Talk..Barnstable BMW (contact dealership)
11 Exeter Races… (There is a race named after me!)
16-21 Le Lions D’Angers CCI*..France
23-28 Pau CCI***
3 The Holiday Show…London (I am doing a talk for ‘In The Saddle’)
4 Lecture/demo…Falmouth, Cornwall (contact Lynn West: 07899696946)
10-11 Your Horse Live…NAC, Stoneleigh, Warks
23 Talk…Upton School, Dorset (contact Simon Thomson: 07791597339)
2 RDA Carol Service…Conquest Centre, Taunton
19 Olympia Team Parade…London