Feeling a bit sad not to be competing at Wellington this weekend as it’s an absolute favourite event of mine! Although it’s been great to watch and support the Wiley Park team from afar! ———————————————————
We had such a great time there last year, despite the horrendous weather that day! ☔️ Although I believe it’s the total opposite at home right now! ———————————————————
Despite feeling slightly sad to be missing out I can truly say I’m having a great time settling in over here in Washington DC! Best of luck to those who are still competing this season! 🍀
I cannot even being to put into words how phenomenally proud I am of Ben and Dillon’s performance this season. Both horses have been on exceptional form and have truly shown me how genuine they are. There have been some exceptional highs, like qualifying for the Blenheim eventers challenge, but equally there have been the lows that inevitably come with Eventing, like falling off in the SJ warm up at Firle! Oh the humbling moment that was chasing a loose Ben whilst he galloped around the lorry park! ————————————————————
These horses have truly carried me this season, more than just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. They have scored PB’s in the dressage, taken me clear in the showjumping even when I doubted myself, and have given me some exceptional XC rounds. I will treasure all of these moments forever. It makes me emotional to write this, but in the best way possible, because all of these moments mean the absolute world to me and bring me so much happiness. ————————————————————
I have accomplished more than I could ever have dreamed of this season. I have placed at nearly every event I’ve been to on either horse, and have achieved a personal best with my lowest ever BE placing. There is so much more to come, and I am truly excited to keep working and keep pushing myself and my horses to be better. I cannot even begin to say how far I have come since last season. The progress has been beyond words. There have been wobbles, I have lost my confidence, but I have been determined to come back better each time. I haven’t given up like I have in the past, and I am phenomenally proud of myself for that. ———————————————————— I am so happy to be finishing this season on such a positive note. It is gutting to be leaving when I feel we are going so well, and when I feel there is much more to come, but I am also happy to be finishing feeling excited for what’s next. I will well and truly miss the horses, so so much. I just cannot say enough how grateful I am to have two incredible horses who make me so happy and proud every time I ride them. I love them so much, more than I can ever even put into words. Dillon and Ben, this season goes out to you. ❤️
It's good to be here
Long time no see dear
But I had to give it a go
Took the show on the road
Doin' it everybody's way but my own
Good to be home
Been gone away to long
Stickin' to my guns, makin' a good run
Takin' the right track
Hey y'all, it's good to be back.
He is just so photogenic, I can never resist buying photos of him! 💫
Both boys were great today as we practiced some polework in the heat! ☀️ Today’s focus was the canter, so I placed two poles 6 strides apart and adjusted the canter between 5, 6 & 7 strides. This is such a good exercise to help get your eye in and to practice being able to adjust the canter appropriately, which is particularly helpful for showjumping! We also did some work with poles in a circle, adjusting going inside on a shorter line and outside on a longer line. This one was pretty challenging at keeping the canter consistent, keeping the leg on and keeping my horses balanced. But I really enjoyed both exercises and will be incorporating them into my schooling a bit more! 💪🏼
A couple of sack the jockey moments today, but a learning curve and we can never be perfect!
I went wrong in the dressage so we ended on a 36, would have been a fair 33 without my error! 🤦🏼♀️ Then we had a pole SJ when I didn’t see a stride and panicked l- it’s time to get some training over striding poles done at home! But then he had an absolutely storming clear XC for just 0.4t, he’s starting to feel really MEGA in this phase and we have come so far since last year. Incredibly proud of our progress in the XC phase, it’s taken a lot of hard work and determination but we’re doing it! We ended up finishing just inside the top 10 🌟Now just to work on the showjumping! 👏🏼 ———————————————————————————
Wearing my exceptionally comfortable white competition Flexars from @laflexequestrian. I am so impressed with the quality and performance of these!