I have been a little lax in my report writing, but as I am now out of action (thankfully temporarily I hope) there is no excuse not to catch up and fill everyone in on Sunhill excitement! The last couple of months have been jam packed with training activities; we tied in a trip back north to Chris’s in February with riding at a lecture/demo to open Ian (Stark)’s amazing new equestrian centre, and have been spoilt again with another two days at the Unicorn Centre with World Class.
The new yard is working really well, and we are finding our feet with all the local amenities – Zul and Cruise have been thoroughly enjoying Kim Bailey’s wonderful Withington gallops, and we are benefitting enormously from having Rectory Farm arena just down the road to practise our show-jumping. It is also a huge benefit having my friend, dressage rider Andrew McNea helping me with the schooling – this sort of help, and yard organisation from Cara is a far cry from the situation last year so I am really counting my lucky stars!! It was lovely to see a good number of White Heather ‘members’ at the drinks party a couple of weeks ago, and I had a very successful trip to Ireland the week after, where I think I might have found the long awaited potential Rio star…… EXCITING!
Unfortunately as is typical with horses, just as I was congratulating myself on how well my new string were going, I had a silly ‘green’ fall cross-country schooling last week, which irritatingly involved my getting knocked out. It seems I have good strong bones – maybe my youthful hot chocolate obsession has come to some good! – but a flimsy skull…. the whole thing is pretty inconvenient as whilst i thought after a weekend of taking it easy i’d be ready to rev up for Belton with the big boys, it seems that is not the case. I am hugely in debt to my amazing team for keeping the show running without me.