After a roller coaster few months, August has luckily simmered down and been far less eventful! After the heartache of Poppet (Carolyn) being retired and heading back up to Scotland, we have since been trying to get her in foal with the beautiful stallion ‘Amiro Z’. I am keeping everything crossed as she had a very positive scan a week ago, but we now need to be patient for a few more weeks until we hear a live heartbeat. I know there is a long way to go yet but this would be incredibly exciting for the future!
The first big event we had in August was Hartpury International. I only had Highway competing over the couple of days so it felt like a mini holiday for us both. I think he certainly loved the one to one attention! He put his best foot forward all weekend and produced his first double clear at 4* level and managed to climb 35 places after the dressage to finished just outside the top 20 out of 100 starters. I was so enormously proud of him and relieved I managed to show what an exceptional horse he is, as he can be quite tricky to maintain his enthusiasm in the show-jumping! He just loves to jump!!
Somerford was our next event on the schedule where I had two horses competing in the Intermediate and one horse in the 3*S. It was so nearly an awesome weekend as I was on route for 3/3 double clear’s, but sadly one of my horses tripped on landing after fence 3 on the XC course finishing our round just there!! Sometimes you have to laugh at these crappier times and not overthink them; which I know is incredibly easier said than done!
However, I have found it a huge comfort this season talking to lots of different riders and discussing their trickier times within the sport and the confidence knocks they may have taken. I found hearing how they overcame their negative thoughts or worries has really helped me realise that we can’t always be perfect and its ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them and don’t dwell on them. I am a HUGE perfectionist and love for things to run smoothly so the horses have happy and safe runs.. but realistically this can’t always be the case – that would be a dream world!
Talking to someone really helps, and gets you to look at a problem more rationally; equally realising you’re not alone and theirs lots of people behind you supporting you.
Wellington Horse Trials was my final run for Highway who will then head to Blenheim for his first 4*L. Although it wasn’t brilliant on paper as he was fairly wild in the first two phases, he finished the day off with a great spin around the XC in the Advanced. I am beyond excited to head back to Blenheim as the last time I drove out those gates I was in a complete blur and felt like I was in a dream as I had just won my first 4*L. So it’s fair to say Blenheim is up there as one of my favourite events!!! Keeping everything crossed my grey pegasus and I have an equally happy time again this year x