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In my last blog I was heading out to Spain for several weeks but before I left I received some exciting news…

BSJA Awards Ball

Spencer Roe - BSJA Awards

At the end of September I received a phone call from the BSJA informing me that I had been nominated for two awards – ‘Leading Rider (21 and under) of the Year’ and ‘Horse and Rider Combination of the Year’. My family were all very excited and keen to go to the ball, so we booked a table and headed over to the Hilton at the Birmingham NEC.

‘Horse and Rider Combination of the Year’ went to Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos who unquestionably deserved it, but I did win ‘Leading Rider (21 and under) of the Year’. As it turns out, I’m not very good at giving acceptance speeches. Put me on a horse and send me to a championship competition and I don’t get nervous, but stick me on a podium and ask me to say a few words and I fall to pieces. Never mind, you can’t be good at everything.

Furusiyya Nations Cup Final

Nations Cup Final Team GB

Nations Cup Final Team GB

The next morning I had to be up early as I was flying out to Barcelona for the Nations Cup Final, my horses having been driven out a few days previous. The first round went well for Wonder Why and I, as we finished with just an unfortunate four faults at the last fence.

Saturday’s final however couldn’t have gone better with us jumping a foot-perfect clear round. In the end The Netherlands won with three brilliant clear rounds, Team GB finished in 6th just behind Germany on time.

Oliva Nova Autumn Tour

SPENCER RoeFrom Barcelona I headed down to Oliva Nova, which is just below Valencia for their Autumn Tour. Having come straight from the final, I was a week early but the show very kindly let me stable anyway. It was the closest I’ve had to a holiday this year and Ballando II especially enjoyed being exercised on the beach. Alas we had to get back to work when the show started though.

We had a really good show with placings throughout the tour; Ballando II came 6th in the first week’s Grand Prix and Wonder Why had a great finish to the show, coming 2nd in the Gold Tour Grand Prix on the last day. Thank you to the show organisers and the stable manager who were very helpful to us the entire show, we will definitely be back next year.

Stuttgart German Masters

Stuttgart was a show of firsts for my horses and I. It was our first indoor show of the year and I was pleased with how well my horses went on the whole. Ballando II moved up a stage and is now jumping bigger tracks. He coped with it well until we came to the 1.70m Joker in the Accumulator, I must have had more confidence than he did as it was only me that landed on the other side of the fence!

Wonder Why and I both competed in our first ever World Cup competition, we had and unlucky couple of fences down but I was pleased with how he went. At least it was a British win though, as my friend and GB teammate, Will Whitaker, won the class – Congratulations Will!

Next Time…

Now I am back home in the UK and looking forward to the London International Horse Show at Olympia. This will be the first time I have competed there in the international classes, as I have only ever done the Under 23 Young Rider Competition. I’ll let you know how I got on next time.

Merry Christmas!