Hello everyone and welcome to my second blog post! As usual, the Great British weather has provided us with a spring that leaves a lot to the imagination, with events being cancelled left, right and centre. For the first time since being at University, I haven’t felt completely left out by all the people eventing at the start of the season!
On days where the horse lorry wasn’t barricaded by snow drifts and the water buckets weren’t frozen through, I have managed to take Raf to a few things and she is on fantastic form. We’ve been working on the show jumping till we are blue in the face, which has included a trip to Allenshill to do some clear round show jumping and also hiring the arena at Lyneham. Raf is showing real maturity this year, and despite a rather long winter holiday, I feel we are starting to pick up back where we left off at the end of last season.
A Pol Roger team trip to Gatcombe was meticulously organised, yet rain and a late cancellation shattered our hopes of all getting together for the first time this year!
Over the next couple of weeks, I have the small task of finishing and submitting my dissertation – no pressure! As well as a final year exam looming, and many more to come in May! However, it is not all doom and gloom. Whilst at University I ride on the Equestrian Team and have successfully qualified for regionals as an individual next week. From there onwards, Raf and I are going down to Nick Gauntlett’s yard for a 3 day residential clinic which consists of dressage, show jumping and arena XC training, which will be great preparation for our first event. Then the big day is set for the 25th April where Raf and I will be strutting our stuff in the BE100 at Whitfield for our first event of the season! We are then aiming to do the Novice at Tweseldown at the end of May.
Good luck to everyone still attempting to get their first run of the season under their belts!