Blog 21: A very tricky time of year
Well Happy New Year to you all, I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas. Now itís back to work starting with a big thankyou to Simple System Horse Feeds for agreeing to sponsor us again in 2017. Such lucky girls!
We are all fighting frozen schools and trying to keep the horses in work with pre-season XC schooling and the Winter BD Regionals both on the horizon. Ehren hasnít been out for three months so we are planning to knock the dust off at BlueBarn in a few weeks. This could be a spectacular car crash but needs doing with the Regionals looming. I also think a practice run at Merrist Wood is in order. Last time I competed her there I very nearly fell off!
The Black Bomber and Ginger Rocket both had a Christmas trip to Duckhurst BS with Martin. The Bomber was amazeballs jumping clear around the Clear Round twice, and then jumping double clear in the British Novice. Lily jumped really well in the British Novice but not so well in the 95cm so we are back to the drawing board with her to see if we can get her happy again. With this in mind the Bomber is going to have to step up and be Martinís main eventing pony until Lily is back on form. Nobody tell her!! (And yes I shall have to steal her back for the odd day when he isnít watching).
We have SJ schooled at Duckhurst, Blue Barn and East Bysshe, and had the first clinic of the year at Four Elms. The Wobbleberries seriously have the bit between their teeth and we have been busy with flatwork and gridwork training at Louisaís. It is great to see the progress in these guys. I am so excited to be part of their challenge #kickingcancersbutt.
Millie is coming on really well. She was so slow to get the hang of a pole on the floor that we honestly wondered what we had bred. She is starting to look really smart now so we decided it was time to school around a course for the first time away from home and took her to Blue Barn. She walked straight through the narrow door into the arena and strutted round like she owned the place. She then warmed up with her Ďcome on then, letís crack oní face and jumped like a star. She didnít look at anything. Bless her, definitely a Groomsbridge Girl!
I am really looking forward to getting out XC schooling. I do hope frost doesnít get in the way of our plans. I find January and February are always such a very tricky time of year for me. You see, I always take some time off to do my accounts and sort out the paperwork in the first couple of weeks of the year. On top of this there is often very little work because of frozen schools, or worse if it has snowed. It can go on for weeks and my mind wanders. I am not good without focus! In 2012 it snowed. Whilst meandering about on the internet I came across an advert for a lovely looking bay warmblood mare going cheap because of some damage to one eye. Louisa was shocked ďbut you said you werenít going to get another horse?Ē Louisa dear I told you in 2006 when we came to the yard that it was only for three months, that I would do my best to help and that I wouldnít be any trouble. Still you believe the things I tell you?! In 2013 I bought a little Irish mare over the phone. An animal communicator that I had invited to a summer camp that year told me ďoh wow, you are in for trouble with this one! Nothing you canít handle but she is going to be very cheeky and take quite a few years to get goingĒ. Not what I wanted to hear, YEARS?! Then in 2014 a friend popped into the pub one Friday with news of a lurcher litter and I really didnít need another dog let alone a giant yellow antelope but we all know what happened next! So if you bump into Martin or Louisa it might explain why they have that look in their eye. Out of interest do you think Ehren would prefer a pig or a donkey for company, I have been wonderingÖÖ