Simon Grieve’s eventing (and Badminton) blog: an absolute dream come true

  • The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has come around again really quickly. I’m so excited to be here and having the opportunity to tackle that famous course — it’s an absolute dream come true.

    Yesterday was dressage day for us and this morning I gave Splash (Drumbilla Metro) some work down near the main arena. I have tried to change my mind set in to not being intimidated by all the amazing horses and riders that are here, but instead be inspired by them, and I can assure you there was a plethora of inspiration down there yesterday morning. Happy with how he worked, Kevin and Maggie, who are helping me this week, got him ready while I panicked about polishing my boots and not knowing the test.

    At 11.42am we cantered down the most famous of eventing centre lines and I can safely say that our boy did us proud. He tried his absolute best, and I can’t ask for any more than that. Although he finds dressage difficult, as do I, he has come such a long way and I must thank his owner, Merna Merrett and our dressage trainer, Richard Davison for that.

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    With an easier day today, Splash will have a little ride and I have an official course walk for my sponsors Equisafety, which should be really good fun.

    The course is absolutely enormous, and technical and difficult, but in a way I’m pleased, otherwise it wouldn’t be Badminton, and we come here for the challenge. I am really looking forward to letting you know how we get on!


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