I am so excited for this season!
January couldn't have started more positively:Amy Griffiths Photography selected me as the winner of their 2019 sponsorship competition. Amy has been in touch to discuss some of my prizes, such as a rug and jacket, I can't wait to arrange a photo shoot with Amy, Blue and Bow as soon as the weather gets warmer. Amy is such a talented and creative photographer. She has taken some of my most treasured photos including the head shot of Blue that featured on the front cover of the December 2018 issue of Equestrian Life Magazine. More news and photos to follow on this relationship throughout 2019...
Massage back pad for warm up and cool down.
Sport boots in blue for leg protection during exercise.
Simple Sunshine supplement for healthy coats
Magnetic hock chaps for stabling and to reduce recovery from harder exercise and long periods of stabling.
I feel so lucky to have Blue in my life; he is a very special, kind and calming horse. He is such a beautiful horse and I am excited not only to learn and progress with him on our competition journey but to enjoy time and home together too. This season, I am focusing on individual progression over rosettes. I will be competing in the SEIB Racehorse2RidingHorse qualifiers, which I am very nervous about but really looking forward to. I have worked hard with sport psychology to prepare for competing in these classes again as I view it as the most challenging this I have done to date in my life. Whatever the outcome of the classes this year, I just feel so lucky to have the chance to compete such a lovely horse at some amazing equestrian centres and most of all at Burghley! Wow!
Bow was not competed last year due to gelding and so I was keen to see how he would behave in company as a gelding. I entered him for some minor jumping and the whole way there he was whinnying with his nose out of the lorry! He finished 2nd in his class and was good as gold, confirming that gelding was the right option.
The following week, I took Bow to the Winter Woolies Show. Despite horrific weather, it was amazing to see how many people turned up to support the event. Bow won a large inhand class and then went on to stand champion of section and then overall inhand supreme champion. I then entered the novice pony class, which he won out of 11 forward. I was really pleased about this result as he has been a bit of a monkey in the past as a stallion which has prevented him from getting to the top spot often. He didn't put a foot wrong in this class!
I am currently working on Bow's fitness and jump schooling at home in preparation for some WHP novice classes in March and April. See photos of jump schooling at home and the show below:
Amy Griffiths visited us with a number of gifts this month after selecting me as her sponsored rider for 2019. Below are some of the photos she took during her visit, and some further images that featured in Equestrian Life Magazine April issue.
Blue took part in his first ROR Championships at Aintree on 24th August. We travelled through Friday night to compete in the inhand final at 7.30am. He was pulled forward in the top ten of his section. We joined the second group and 10 and were selected to make the top ten for the evening performance out of 48 entries. Blue coped well for his first evening performance and finished first reserve champion of the inhand open championship final, which I was thrilled with. I also took part in the novice ridden final. Blue was well behaved but a little tense for no working in due to the classes being back to back and moved to the indoor ring rather than on grass. He didn't make the top ten on this occasion and just showed how green he still is. Please see photos below:
2019 sign off...
In September, Blue was diagnosed with kissing spine and had surgery within days of his diagnosis. I am running a new blog to help others with horses suffering from the same condition.
I would like to sign off for this year by thanking my very generous sponsors: Equilibrium Products, Amy Griffiths Photography, MP Gloss, Mindful Riding, Need4Tweed and Saracen Horse Feeds for all of your support this season. I would also like to wish all of my friends competing at HOYS a huge good luck - I can't wait to follow your results.