Missing Badminton on Kangasong (Joey) due to my broken leg was a major disappointment but on the plus side it healed extremely quickly. Never one to sit around I kept busy in the gym and swimming to stay fit. The team kept the horses going so as soon the doctor gave me the all clear I was back in the saddle. A few quieter weeks also allowed us to get our new kit sorted – thank you to my sponsors and Stitched Equestrian for our new jackets:
I took three horses to Little Downham for my first event back and jumped three double clears: Leighland Pearl (Pearl) and The Masters Apprentice (Archie) in the OI, and also Treloar (Theo) who put our minor blip at Ballindenisk behind him with a confident cross-country in the intermediate.
The Masters Apprentice (Archie) was very impressive at Bramham in the CIC *** despite our less than perfect preparation, which was very pleasing for his owners Deborah and Martin Toogood.
Nunney was another busy event for us– Gary Powers’ PSH stallions both jumped impressive rounds in the novice. Their stable mate PSH Blue Tango (Leyla) also went well in the novice section along with the other novices Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) and CSF Cool Guy (Guy). Kalimba (Special) also had his first outing with me in the BE100 and finished just outside the placings.
Sadly my busy schedule at Nunney meant I missed the fathers’ day race at Noah’s school sports day. I watched Charles Frampton (the Heythrop Master) via Facetime take the title again but I’ll be back next year – leg and race fit!
The PSH horses were also on top form at Carlton – picking up points for double clears in the novice. My Blenheim gate jumping champ Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) also finished 6th in his novice section.