We had what felt like a fairly quiet week last week. On Monday we went off in convoy cross country schooling with Lucy, Blinx, Flo and Darcy and met our Friend Jo with her horse Ditsy there. We went to Ansus Smales Eventing in Somerby, it is a fairly new training course and we have not been before but we will definitely be going again, as well as being a top class eventer Angus is also a course builder so there were lots of questions for all abilities all lovely built fences on good distances.
Blinx was a star as is becoming expected of him! especially as I forgot his bridle so he borrowed Flo's who goes in a different sort of snaffle and a grackle compared to his simple loose ring and caveson, poor boy! He's really getting the hang of jumping out of a stride and always trusts me I if I ask him to do something.
Lucy started of amazingly but then I was probably a bit cocky and so was she and we had a miscommunication at the jump before the water and we parted company, unfortunately Lucy is not at all forgiving to rider errors! which meant she then was a bit of a madam but I just worked on jumping out of a good rhythm and we finished as good as we started.
Cherise and Darcy look at great partnership together now and popped everything asked of them. Look out eventers they're coming to get you!
Hannah and Flo are looking better and better, Hannah is realising although Flo is almost perfect she will try you out if you let her! After starting a bit to sweet with not quite enough energy they soon got into gear and put the rest of us to shame.
Jo and Ditsy had a fab time, Ditsy is still green although you wouldn't have realised if you were standing on the sidelines. I'm sure they are going to enjoy a good season this year.
The rest of the week was spent at home generally exercising and schooling and enjoying the to good to be true spring weather.
At the weekend me and the girls headed down to see Leon (My Husband) in Windsor where he is based with the Coldstream Guards. A friend of his works at Knightsbridge Barracks as a Lifeguard in the Household Cavalry and invited us to a guided tour of all the horses and to see behind the scenes and as someone who never says no to anything horsey off we went. It was fascinating to hear how the horses are all bought over from Ireland every year and most work until they are at least 20, they can house up to 340 horses at peak times which is some going in central London, it reminded me a bit of a multi storey car park but all the horses seemed very happy and look amazing. They make sure they all have good holidays where they can just be horses for a bit. The girls, and me enjoyed feeding lots of them carrots including the enormous drum horses and Prince Williams horse he rides in parades. It was a really interesting day and one I will remember.