Bow is sprouting winter coat at an alarming rate! He is going to stay living out through the winter and next summer. He will then be broken and ridden away and schooled ready to be shown as a novice as a five year old. I have decided to give him an extra year to grow... and to give me some more time to save up again, now that I am looking to buy a house and focus on my career a little more for a year or two. I decided not to take him to NCPA Championships and was disappointed that I had to miss out on the British Elite due to riding for Kimmy Nicoll once this season and it impacting on my amateur status, but I will certainly look forward to riding there again in future years.
Although I have been very lucky to have been blessed with HOYS rides for the past two seasons, I will be ending my season with a girly Christmas weekend break in London to Olympia this year instead. I hope to be lucky enough to ride at HOYS in the future but this year marking the year anniversary of the loss of Stevey will mean that I will not attend HOYS this year. It has been lovely to watch and hear about the results from each qualifier for the Racehorse to Riding Horse class this year - it really is a stunning line up of horses, all worthy of the top spot! Good luck to everyone competing. I was very flattered to have been offered the ride on Sister Gee this year, if she had qualified. Gee was 3rd at HOYS 2013 and 8th in 2012. Both times she qualified, I was stood next to her in the ring on Stevey, also qualifying, and so it was a meaningful and kind gesture for Jill Wormall to offer me the ride at the start of the season.
I must also give a huge well done and express how pleased I was to receive the news from Kirstie Harris that the beautiful Time Out who gave me my first HOYS ride has qualified as a large hack yet again!! Herbie is one of the most beautiful horses I have ever ridden and I am so proud of him for getting to HOYS again at 15 years of age.
My final judging appointment this season is on 28th September at Mill Lane. I am looking forward to giving some time back to my local circuit and friend Emma Gordon who has done a great job of promoting and organising events at this venue.
I should also take the time to thank my wonderful sponsors for their help in 2013 - in particular Equilibrium Products and Brightside's Transport, who have provided me with endless support, products, blogs and allowed great things to happen for me this year such as winning an award at the BETA Awards and becoming a writer for Horse Magazine. I look forward to working with both companies in the future, and of course my other sponsors (see my sponsors page).
With the showing season coming to a close, the hunting season is ready to begin and I am very excited to kick start the season with the Hurworth Hedge Hop on 5th October with my hunting buddy and her two trusty steeds. Let's hope the snow stays away and we have a mild winter so that we can get lots done!!