I have an action packed December planned, starting with a judging appointment for Patrington Mill and Bromley, Sheffield. The following weekend, I am heading back to Sheffield to the Winter Woolies Show to donate the Stevey's Lad Memorial Trophy, for the second year running. During the third week in December, I will be spending a weekend in London, with my good showing/school friend, Rachel, and we are most excited to watch the M&M at Olympia...
Reflecting on 2014, my highlights have to be:
1. Starting the year by selling Major Dance (Bud) just 48 hours after offering to help rehome him! This was followed up with the sale of Court of Kings in the summer...
2. Being nominated for the BETA International Sponsored rider award by Equilibrium products, and winning, in February!
3. Gaining sponsorship from Brightside's Equestrian Transport - who have transported my ponies throughout 2014.
4. Starting to write articles from Horse Magazine, as well as a monthly blog for Pony Magazine.
5. Enjoying some results with my little novice M&M team including picking up tickets for the NPS Picton Novice on two ponies; NPS Intermediate and NPS 4,5,6 year old open class on two different ponies, as well as tickets to NCPA and Equifest, in their first two outings under saddle.
6. Passing my ROR Ride and Conformation judging panel assessments, and being invited to judge Hickstead Derby qualifiers in 2014 - most enjoyable!
7. Being invited back to ride judge for SEIB Search4aStar for the second year in a row - my favourite judging appointment of the year so far.
8. Completing my first ever showing clinics for TSR and ROR, which was well supported.
9. Taking my Highland, three year old colt to four shows and him winning each time out, including at county level.
10. Being accepted on to the SSDL judging panel for 2015.
11. Completing my bucket list challenges: to ride a horse abroad (which I did in Turkey), and also to jump a hedge that was bigger than me, which I did on Owen's Invasion at the Hurworth Hedge Hop!
I hope 2015 is just as exciting and successful. I am most looking forward to breaking in my Highland pony - Talisker Bow Bells - who will turn four next year, and starting some native pony dressage with him - which is the main sphere I want to compete at with him...