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Spencer’s Blog – April 2018

“Well it’s nice to be home for a while following a great six weeks out in Spain on the Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera. I ended up taking six horses out there which is quite a logistical task. I drove the big lorry with four horses pulling a trailer behind containing all our equipment, feed and, of course, our HorseHage; and my head groom took our smaller, two-horse lorry with the other two horses.

Spencer April 2018

The journey is just over 1500 miles plus the ferry crossing and we have four stop- overs on the way. We use a transport company to arrange the overnight liveries for us, which is a great help.

I was looking forward to making the most of a few weeks of sunshine whilst I was there, but we had a lot of rain as well this year.

I am thrilled with how the horses went throughout the whole show. Disney (Wonder Why) took 4th place in the Grand Prix and also had a 3rd place on the first day in the 1.45m speed class.  I am hoping to have made a good enough impression with him to be selected for the Nations Cup team for Linz, Austria in the first week of May.

Wonder Why jumping in Spain

I was also very pleased with Hero (Hero VD Akkerhoeve) who had a double clear in his final so I can’t complain at that and the younger horses all jumped well too. The whole show was a fantastic learning experience for them.

My girlfriend, Adrienne Dixon, was also competing at this show and on the last day she won the same class as I won last year – the Invitational Medium Tour 1.45m which is a World Ranking class.

My next big show will be the Eschweiler Jumping Festival in Germany towards the end of April. I am hoping to take Disney, Chacco (Chaccomo Agostini) and King (Gambler B). I have also just found out that I have been selected onto the team to represent Great Britain with Wonder Why at the CSIO3* FEI Nations Cup in Linz, Austria in May, so am thrilled about that.

Along with selection onto the Nations Cup squad, my aims so far this year are to qualify for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina, USA. I will also be bringing on the younger horses and competing them at home in the UK throughout the summer.”

Spencer April 2018

As a show jumper, it’s almost impossible to predict your plans for the season ahead as so many things have to be taken into consideration. Many of the big shows depend upon you either qualifying or being selected onto a team and then there is the fitness, soundness and general health of your horses to factor in. Just like humans, horses can have off days too, and for such a large animal, they can be pretty fragile, and sometimes plans have to fall by the wayside.

I’m heading up to Scotland now to see one of my owners and to hopefully bring back a couple of youngsters to start working with.