Since the last time I blogged, my life has been just as hectic but just as amazing! Unfortunately, we suffered a set-back when Bam Bam came in from what must have been a very exciting night in the field, lame with a badly bruised foot, which left him on box rest for a couple of weeks. You would think that he might be feeling sorry for himself, but he seemed to love the high life of being waited on hand and foot and he was a perfect patient! I am happy though to report that he is now fully back in work, and we have been working towards the Area Dressage Festival that we have coming up in September. I have also qualified my other ride, Commanche Z for this event to I will be competing both him and Bam Bam, which will be a first for me, so I have to get fitter too! Bam Bam and Commanche Z, who is owned by Jon Ball, are two very different horses to ride, but I feel hopeful and excited about the opportunity and honoured to be part of it!
My young horse, Phantom, who is only five, is coming along very nicely with his dressage and on our very first outing, we came home with a 1st and 2nd place, which was amazing as he can be quite tense at times, but our hard work is paying off and he seems to be relaxing more and enjoying his work.
I have also been busy when I have not been riding, as I have been at different yards as part of my training towards my UKCC Level 1 qualification, where I was also recognised by a lot of the kids and parents from The Blue Chip All Stars Academy, which I still find a little surreal – especially when the kids wanted my autograph and to have selfies with me! I am happy to be able to tell you all that I passed my UKCC Level 1 with flying colours at the beginning of August and will be going straight in for UKCC Level 2 at the beginning of 2017!
One thing I have discovered about the horse world and riding in my short time as part of it, it that is pushes you out of your comfort zone on a daily basis and that there is always something to learn which I love and embrace.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be competing with both Commanche Z and Phantom and preparing for the Area Festivals in September. I’m also heading off to Burghley for the weekend and will hopefully be catching up with the All Star Academy Finalists when down there, so please feel free to come and say hello if you see me down there!
Looking in to the future for the next few months, it’s looking pretty good from where I’m sitting – all my horses are doing well and my mind set is in a great place- I’m a very open minded person and just want to learn and make it In the sport I love!
All the Best
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