September ended positively with a lovely judging appointment at a local unaffiliated show at Mill House. Well done to Emma Gordon for organising events at this new, super venue. - and thank you for inviting me back to judge again 23rd October.
I also moved yards with my Highland colt, and he will now winter out and mature throughout his four year old year. He will not show under saddle until 2016 as a five year old - but I couldn't resist buying him his first bridle from the talented Anna Pennell!!
I am looking forward to lots of exciting dates in October: XC schooling and taking part in the Hurworth Hedge Hop with an ex-point to pointers. I am also excited to spectate at Countryside Llve - a show I have not competed at before, and October will end with my good showing friend Miranda Wallace's 21st birthday party!
The main thing that will shadow October in the year marker since Stevey lost his life on the way home from HOYS. It is very touching to receive messages from people already who have acknowledged this very tough year, via my website (I do not run/ never have ran his memorial page on Facebook!), and it is warming to understand that people are thinking about him and his achievements at this time of year. His Youtube videos have has several hits in Septemeber, and it was lovely to hear from HOYS, who have made reference to him on their dedications page. I will be throwing an orange themed party to celebrate his happy times with my close friends who new him well, and hopefully, now the year marker is here, it will be a time to reflect and move forward at last, as this is something, in my eyes as his rider and retrainer, I would like to put to rest as a good send off to a special horse, rather than a tragic story. If you would like to access his videos, please click on the links below:
Good luck to all of my friends competing at Horse of the Year Show this year!!
Update: On 5th October, I completed my next bucket list challenge - tackling a large hedge on horseback... several large hedges actually!! I had a really fun round at the Hurworth Hedge Hop, riding 18year old ex point-to-pointer Owen's Invasion. I have posted some photos below of some of the jumps we did... and I managed to stay on - despite being catleaped out of the saddle quite a few times!!
Although I did not attend the show this year, it was fantastic to hear such brilliant news from some close friends.
Firstly, a huge congratulations to Kimmy Nicoll and the beautiful Firefly, a mare which I feel very honoured to have ridden at the start of the season, who went on to gain the ISRT Championship.
Secondly, I was delighted to hear the news that my close friend Kirstie Caister was placed 3rd in her first season on Epic Tale - again, another horse I am grateful to have shared a small show ring experience with this year as a 5 year old.
I was thrilled to hear the news that Faye and Flay Gray bagged the Racehorse to Riding Horse title. What a stunning horse and combination. Well done, Faye!!
I was very pleased to see the success of some of the Search4aStar competitors that I judged and qualified at Houghton Hall, with David and Richard. A massive well done to Rebecca for taking the riding horse title, after qualifying on a 3rd place in Cambridge. I was also pleased to see some of the partnerships that I had judged finish in the top two in the cobs, riding club show horse and working hunter. Well done to all amateur competitors enjoying their first HOYS rides...
I guess the biggest congratulations would have to go to the Wallace family, and to their beautiful large riding horse for taking supreme.... something I look forward to celebrating with them at Miranda's birthday party this month...
Here is a clip of Time Out and I at HOYS 2012:
On 26th October, I judged at Mill House Show. There was a great turn out and it was lovely to judge some new combinations. Thank you to Emma and Sarah for inviting me back to judge for the second time this year; I had a lovely day.