Starting out.

This past week I have mostly been on chauffeur duties whilst Steve recovers from his shoulder surgery. It’s been a great way of having an introduction to the practice and meeting lots of you!

I’ve had a fun introduction with lots of Veterinary First Aid talks for Pony Club Camps. We have been to Mid Surrey, Surrey Union and West Kent Meopham. They have all been very enjoyable thanks to some lovely and very enthusiastic children (and their parents!).

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I have been all the way through the Pony Club up to achieving my A test, as a member of the Sandown Chase, loving every minute of it so it’s fantastic to see so many children also having an amazing time in their respective branches and feel like I can give something tiny back!

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It has also been a busy week on the eventing front. I had three horses running at Wilton Horse Trials in Salisbury on Sunday. Dan was in the Novice and jumped another storming double clear, popping round making it feel easy! He is quite big and gangly still so dressage  in a 20x40m arena isn’t very easy for him so there is plenty of improvement to come in this phase but he is such a trier.

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I was also riding Tommy, a lovely 6 year old, in the Novice. I started riding Tommy for his owner earlier this season to give him some more experience and hopefully get him established for a junior rider to be able to take on in the future.

Wilton was our first Novice together and he did a smart test of a 26 followed by a much improved show jumping with one down and a super round cross country just marred by a green glance off at the second part of a double of corners. He is an absolute pocket rocket and very flashy on the flat so has a very exciting future ahead of him!

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Last but definitely not least was Fable in the BE100. She had waited very patiently on the lorry all morning and was ready to get going! She really felt like she has grown up a huge amount already since Little Downham with a much more settled test followed by an unlucky pole show jumping. Again she absolutely flew cross country, loving every minute of it. I think that feeling of the horses loving the cross country is what we all event for!!

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It’s full steam ahead to the next events at the moment with Dan’s first international, the CIC* at Biscton fast approaching. It’ll be amazing to be riding back in top hat and tails again.

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Pony Club and other camps that seem to also be in full swing at the moment!

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