After a few challenging months off dealing with the serious highs and lows of Eventing, July on the whole has been a fairly positive month with some great results.
We had an incredibly exciting time at Barbury Castle with the gorgeous DHI Trend Setter who won his first Intermediate Novice. This was an enormous result for this super talented 7 year old, who has taken a while to feel confident in his own ability. The best part was I had a number of his syndicate members there to watch him, so it was incredibly special to pull off a nice result when they were there to support us both.
The next event we went to was Upton House with three horses in the Intermediate section – Carolyn, Coolrock Cooley and Highway. All three horses were on complete fire and finished in the top 10 with smart double clears. When it all comes together on days like these its incredibly special and reminds you of why you love what you do!!
The final event of the month was Aston Le Walls, which was a busy weekend and included in not much sleep! The highlights of the weekend was Highway finishing just outside the top 10 in the 8/9 year old Advanced class. He was truly phenomenal on the XC and I think I had a smile from ear to ear most of the way around! DHI Trend Setter was competing in his first Intermediate and we had a great spin on the XC after he produced a super smart test to lie in 2nd after the dressage.
I had the handbrake on as I wanted to make sure he had time to see every question on the XC. I am enormously proud of how he is starting to mature and love his job – a very exciting young horse for the future. Coolrock Cooley kept up his consistent form with a lovely double clear; setting him up nicely for his next CCI3*S at Somerford.
I did make an incredibly difficult and very emotion decision to retire my beautiful one in a million mare Carolyn at Aston. She scored 28 in the dressage and then I withdrew her before the jumping. She’s finished happy and well and luckily had no clue what a useless emotional wreck I was on top!! She is now going to enjoy the life of luxury back home in Scotland and hopefully have a baby or two.
This mare has given me more than I could have ever imagined and I will always be enormously grateful for her massive heart that has always tried her very hardest for me. She has taken me on the most amazing journey and gave me the chance to achieve goals I never thought would have been possible. We have represented my country together on two occasions, become national junior champion, youngest winner at Blenheim 4* and many more impressive victories.
The yard already feels incredibly empty without her but I can’t wait to hopefully see how some of her offspring turn out in the future.