Here is an update. Thank you all for your continued support this year. Its been a quieter year generally for me with my only four star horse Kings Temptress retiring at Badminton, so just having younger horses to produce. But Emily has made up for it by progressing well as a rider, and is gradually building up a team of lovely horses and owners. To be long listed for the Olympics was a huge excitement for Emily and Brook’s owner Jane, and a very proud moment for David and I. Badminton next year will be most exciting!
The beginning of January, when Nick Rule our farrier is booked to re-shoe the horses ready to start work, is creeping up fast! I can’t believe how the out of season ‘quiet time’ is speeding by.
Our horses are having a lovely winters holiday. The relatively mild weather is keeping the grass gradually growing, much to their delight.
I’ve been working two 4 yr olds over the past few weeks, one being my homebred Rosie (Tess x Grafenstolz), who is disappointingly small! For some reason, she is only 15.2hh approx – but Rosie is beautifully put together and has Tess’s lovely temperament. The other 4 yr old belongs to a friend. I’m pleased they are now beginning to work in an outline and jump a course of small fences. Hard work really does pay off!
Mum and I drove Emily and Currant “Cooley Currency” out to Germany mid November to Marcus Ehnings yard (the world class show jump rider), where she is working and training until mid January. I watched Marcus ride when I was out there – he is so correct, soft and balanced. His horses seemed to respond to this by working calmly with their ears forward and being very attentive.
Emily has been long listed with Brookleigh for the Olympics next year which is so exciting. She will be aiming for her and Brooks first Badminton in May, where she will have to do well to earn herself a place on the Olympic short list.
I have found a lovely new groom, Millie Walker, who will be joining Emma to help Emily and I next year.
Two days at the Southwest Equine Fair, and 2 days at Olympia gave me time to see some of my generous sponsors and to do signing and book selling sessions. After dinner talks, shop openings and other sponsors work has kept me out of mischief during the last month!
Have a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and successful 2016!
Thank you once again for all your support this year, and I am looking forward to producing my 5 younger horses to a higher level next year. I would love to ride alongside Emily at a major event one day (as long as I beat her!!!)
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!