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Spencer’s Latest Blog – October 2017

Spencer Roe

It’s been a hectic end to the summer. I have been looking for some new staff to help keep things running smoothly here on the yard at home, especially when I am away competing. This has been harder than I envisaged, with one person not even turning up for the interview! However we are now sorted and I have two new girls starting soon which will be a great help. We have eight horses here at the moment and some new ones arriving soon. One of the new girls is moving to our yard with the new horses which will be a great advantage as she will already know their little quirks and habits and it will help them settle in too.

I took five horses to the Arena UK Major Show Jumping Championships in Lincolnshire which took place from 18th to 24th September – two six-year-olds, a five-year-old and a four-year-old, plus my top horse, Wonder Why (or Disney as he’s known at home). I was very happy with how they all went and Disney took 3rd place in the Grand Prix. Robert Whitaker won the class and Rowan Willis was second but I was thrilled with how well Disney jumped. It’s always a really good atmosphere at this venue and there were some great show-jumping classes.

Spencer Roe

Spencer Roe

Spencer Roe

I will be heading out to Oliva Nova in Spain on 17th October for three weeks to compete with Gambler and Gusto (both six-year-olds), Wonder Why and also two new horses. We’ll be stocking the horsebox up with plenty of High Fibre HorseHage which is great for travelling as the bales are easy to handle and split easily into wedges plus I know they’re getting good forage whilst they are working hard. It will be a great opportunity to get to know the new additions both in and out of the ring.

When we get home the horses will have a couple of weeks off and another three new horses will be coming onto the yard so it’s all exciting stuff. We’ll be straight into the indoor show season, both local and national and then in February we’ll be heading out to southern Spain for the Sunshine Tour, but lots of work to put in before then.

Best wishes,

Spencer.