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April 2014

It’s been a little while since I updated, Uni became quite hectic towards the end of term – but I am delighted to say I am now on Easter Break! I have lots of equine dental appointments booked in and also some part-time work as well as revision, but least its time off from commuting to Liverpool.

The horses have been going really well! Patch is feeling really fit, still sound and loving being back in a normal routine after some time off. We have been working very hard on our show jumping as this is his weak area. This has included some grid work and flatwork exercises using poles. His flat work I feel is his best yet and I’m very excited for our first event.

Patch at Sapey Horse Trials

Patch at Sapey Horse Trials

Rupert has been busy as usual. He had another win with Simon showing, which was amazing. Their rosette collection is making mine look quite inferior! Rupert also took part in a team show jumping competition, where we had a team second placing, although his favourite part was the lap of honour with his team mates! As well as this, elsewhere he also qualified for the MIDARC Winter Championship show-jumping final – clever boy!  We had our first outing eventing this season. The ground wasn’t really that great for him and he found the going tough, but he tried very hard. Dressage was fairly poor; having warmed up beautifully he exploded half way through his test, which resulted in some very tense and hurried moments – more white board bombproofing needed! Show jumping was lovely – he had one fence down which I was pleased with as he hasn’t jumped on boggy ground before.  He loved the cross country, but after a very dirty stop in the warm up, I was on extra guard with our approach to the fences and we picked up some penalties. So all in all I was pleased that we completed and were both back in one piece.

Rupert at Stafford Horse Trials

Rupert at Stafford Horse Trials

Poppy is really enjoying being back in work too. I don’t get to ride her quite as much as the other two – but I think this really suits her. I still manage a few times a week and she is fairly fit now. It’s lovely not to be just walking! We have started cantering and going on longer hacks which she loves. I’m looking forward to maybe going on a few pub rides with her with my neighbours now the nights are lighter – this is her favourite pastime!

The three horses enjoying the spring weather

The three horses enjoying the spring weather

What’s next….

Firstly I must make a revision plan; otherwise I won’t ever get started! For the horses, Patch and Rupert are going to Festival of the Hunter competing in a competition run by the riding clubs which includes show jumping followed straight away by cross country. Patch is representing Fyrnwy Valley Riding Club on their team and Rupert is also joining but in the pairs class with my friend Vicky and Rupert’s friend Queenie. I’m really looking forward to this, but as Simon is also duty vet I’m not sure how I will manage two horses on my own – oops!