Life with horses will always have ups and downs; just now is probably a mix of both.
My top boy Cork's was injured in the field a few weeks ago so is off for the next few months with damage to a bone in his hind leg. He may need a small operation in the New Year but the long term prognosis is good so he should be back fighting fit for the start of the 2017 eventing season.
I was thinking back to everything I have achieved with him this year and I'm blown away. We have competed 8 BE90s with no XC faults, 2 double clear picking up our first foundation points. We also took the leap into British Dressage collecting 76 BD points, qualifying and competing at 2 PetPlan Area Festivals coming 5th up at the Cabin in the summer.
I'm missing riding the wee man so much as he always cheers me up and makes me smile after a hard day at work but the beauty of owning two horses is you always have a back up!
The lovely Lucas has now stepped up to be top horse and we have a busy few months planned. He had already bagged lots of DCs out at BS in 2016 so hopefully he can do the same in 2017.
Blue Chip Feeds
I have had a great year with my sponsor Blue Chip Feeds who have been so supporting and encouraging sending us some fantastic kit and top quality feed keeping the boys in top condition!
I've also recently joined the SESDG committee as their membership secretary for 2017 which is great! Nice to get more involved with a group who has already helped me so much with my dressage.
The final event of the year sees me heading down to London to go to the Olympia Horse show to see Valegro's retirement on Wednesday and the puissance on Thursday coupled with a lot of horsey shopping for me and the boys. Best way to round off a great year!
Oh and I should also say as you know I have been shortlisted to become an ambassador for PetPlan Equine who were absolutely fantastic supporting me and paying for Lucas' full vet bills when he was injured in 2013. If anyone hasn't been able to endorse me yet as a strong candidate for the role please take 5 mins to compete this short form. https://www.petplanequine.co.uk/ambassadors/
Many thanks and Merry Christmas from me, Lucas and Corks! Xx