We were lucky to enjoy a weeks Skiing the first week of January, I only started skiing a few years ago and from the first tine I went I loved it, We have been the last few years with friends and my Dad John, Elsie my youngest daughter is only 2 1/2 so she spent some of each day at nursery whilst we were out enjoying some skiing she obviously enjoyed it as when I took her back to normal nursery last week she asked to go to new nursery, I tried to explain France was a bit far to go for two mornings a week! Ila my other daughter is 7 and she has skied since she was 3 so puts the adults to shame, my Dad first skied 50 years ago but had a few years off after his knees began to give him grief but he enjoys coming with us and taking it slightly easier, he makes it look so easy! Leon my husband has skied a few times with the Army so is a good skier now so he can go off with our friend Harvey and have some serious skiing and then meet up with me, Ila and my friend Kate for a slightly slower pace and obviously a large beer or a mulled wine!
A massive thank you as always to Mum and Cherise who make it possible for us to go by looking after everything at home, also to Demi who came and mucked out every morning and Hannah for riding and helping out with all the other jobs.
Anyway back to real life, and we have certainly been busy this week. On Tuesday we had a lovely day with the Quorn Hunt unfortunately the saboteurs were out and were very threatening in there balaclavas, carrying spray bottles but as the Quorn hunts with in the law they had nothing to report. All the horses were great, I took Blinx, Cherise on Darcy and Hannah on Flo we had plenty of jumping and all three horses were brilliant, Cherise suffered slight brake failure but Darcy knows her job and next time will check her curb chain! The horses that hunted had Wednesday off but we have two horses in for holiday livery so they both had a nice hack and I schooled Lucy working on my lateral work and made myself ride with out stirrups for some of the session, Thursday we gave all our horses a quick jump as Friday we had a Caroline Moore training session, Lucy was first on joined by Hannah and Flo, Lucy warmed up really well on the flat and started jumping well but then decided she wasn't that in to discipline!! (see photo below!!!) she did improve through the session although she was a bit quick but she is always more difficult to train in the winter so we just have to ride the storm and look toward the event season. Hannah and Flo are gaining confidence in each other all the time, Caroline has given them lots to think about and work on. Blinx went for his first session with Caroline and he was an absolute star he just gained in confidence throughout the lesson, he has a brilliant brain and is so trainable. Saturday was another busy day this time I was teaching 6 hours my show jump clinic, which I hold at Graham & Holly Smith's Fox Covert Farm where they have a lovely indoor school, I had lovely day teaching lots of lovely riders and horses. To finish the week we headed off to Hargate Equestrian Centre to do the combined training, Blinx and Darcy were doing the Prelim 12 and Lucy and Flo were doing Novice 27. Blinx did a very green but good test to gain a good mark of 67% and jumped clear to finish 2nd, Darcy was just behind in 3rd. Lucy was a really good girl in her test and scored 72% and had some lovely comments, Hannah was a bit nice to Flo but still did an accurate test and jumped clear.
Next week looks a bit quieter but will keep you updated.
Looking forward to 2019
Well Cherise and I started the new year in style by taking Darcy and Flo out with the Readyfield Bloodhounds at Osberton. Its a beautiful estate with fantastic ground and we are very grateful for all the land owners who let us over there land. Also a big thanks to all who make the day happen as with anything like this it takes a lot of organising. Both horses were as usual complete superstars flying everything we pointed them at including a few of the 2* event jumps! Flo really is my superstar she is just fab, so mannerly but at the same time keen and loves her job flying every obstacle asked of her. Cherise and Darcy look like a real team together now and as long as Flo is just in front or just behind she's happy as long as no one dares to come between them!!
If all goes according to plan we have lots planned in 2019. We have had a new stable built at home just in time for two full livery's arriving on Thursday for the next three months, which might be a bit of a shock to the system after having 5 for the last few months!! Ringo and Maverick belong to some good friends of ours and always fit in well when they come to stay, both are lovely horses so we will look forward to working with them.
Lucy is back in full training for 2019 event season, we have got some training sessions set up in January as well as doing some training shows. We will aim to start eventing in March, starting with a couple of Novices then hopefully move back up to intermediate all being well, I would love to do a 2* which is now a 3* this year.
Blinx is going really well and he is also booked in for his first Caroline Moore lesson, and hopefully a combined training at the end of the month aswell as a couple more days hunting. He hopefully will be ready to do so 90cm events early in the season.
Flo is feeling on top form, our friend Hannah is hopefully going to do some events on her, she will certainly pleased to be out eventing again.
Darcy is going to make her eventing debut this year, she will start with some 90cm and go from there.
Finally we have Rosie my Daughter Ila's pony who is certainly feeling well at the moment, Ila is hopefully going to have lots of fun with the Quorn Pony Club this year.