So with Dan well and truly out of action and a couple of the other horses I event for people having holidays for one reason and another I’ve suddenly found myself needing to find other ways to get my eventing fix!
I have been avidly following the new Event Rider Master’s series, which is an innovative new way of trying to broadcast our fantastic sport to a wider audience (http://eventridermasters.tv/). The whole series has been streamed live online and I think the aim is to try and move it on to TV next which would be quite exciting!
The final of the series was held at Blenheim and by happy coincidence my boyfriend was jumping in the charity high-jump so we went and combined the two over the weekend. He was riding Leo, his super 7yo who jumped beautifully to be knocked out at the second last height, jumping a very respectable 1.72m! The class was held in aid of the Willberry Wonder Pony charity which raises money for bone cancer research as well as granting horsey wishes to seriously ill young people. It was set up by the incredibly inspirational Hannah Francis who passed away recently after fighting a very severe bone cancer herself (https://www.willberrywonderpony.org/).
If anyone has experienced having a horse on box rest and starting a “controlled exercise” plan you will be able to relate to the (?!)fun I’m currently having starting walking a rather keen Dan. As much as I am thrilled that he is on the mend and starting work again is finally on the horizon… I think possibly having treated his leg from the beginning only makes me more on edge as he decides the tree on the yard has turned into some form of horse eating monster!!
Sorry for the brief and competition free update. I watched Bicton and Gatcombe pass us by feeling quite left out. Hopefully there will be more excitement to report on shortly! I hope the end of everyone else’s event/summer competition seasons have been going more to plan.