The good weather all week had made working away so much harder — all I want to do is go and ride Sara and get ready for Badminton but I am stuck in a hotel room with nothing much to do other than paint my nails.
The release of the cross-country course pictures did alleviate my boredom and give me the eventing fix I needed for a little while. The course is running in the opposite direction from last year, and there looks to be some really good questions. I did get super excited when I saw the picture of the Samsung phone on the advert for the cross-country app of which you can use to download the course to your phone, but actually the app is still not available on android — grrrrr. Please, if the designers are reading this, can you make it available for android users, but for now I will have to settle with viewing the course online.
I was hoping to make it back from working in London with enough time to get Sara to Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre for some cross-country schooling and fitness work. Unfortunately the trains had other ideas! So we headed out to Delamere Forest instead. I am lucky enough to live within hacking distance and we now have a well-established route were we can get in some canter work up and down some hills. Plus the advantage that it was 6pm on a Wednesday was that I didn’t have to stop for push chairs.
I had Thursday off work and headed to the opening day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree. I don’t think it matters how hard I try, Sara will never be as fit and slim as those racehorses!
Entries are closed and the countdown to Badminton…
I had a friend’s wedding to get to on Saturday so Sara had to make do with a quick school before I headed up for a day trip to Cumbria (about two hours each way), although I did pass Hutton in the Forest which is one of my favourite events.
On Sunday we finally made it out for the cross-country school that I had hoped for on Wednesday. We hadn’t been cross-country since Stafford Horse Trials. I wasn’t feeling very secure to begin with — all the work on we have been doing on her showjumping has also shortened her up for cross-country so it took me a bit of time to adjust. But we found our stride and she was jumping really well in the end — it turned out that one of the fences we tackled was an intermediate fence!
Carrie (and Sara)