Fantastic news for this week’s blog… I am very excited to announce that Unicorn Saddlery have just joined my team as a sponsor. Unicorn Saddlery is an online horse shop selling equestrian clothing and riding equipment from top brands and at great prices; they also have a warehouse based just outside Taunton.
I am really looking forward to working with them this season and Phil Ireland (a SMS — Society of Master Saddlers — qualified saddle fitter with over 18 years experience) has been out to fit a new jumping saddle to Kitkat (Another Breakfast). It is the Albion Revelation cross-country saddle — Kitkat feels very spoilt and it even has red piping on it which will match my red cross-counntry hat silk!
We had a very busy week last week, going out in the lorry nearly every day. Kitkat and Myrtle (In Vogue II) felt it was their lucky week as they had 2 outings for cross-country schooling; once to the new all-weather at Aston-le-Walls and then to the fabulous Rosamund Green Farm (Kitkat pictured). Both were on great form and now feel very ready for Aldon this weekend.
Archie joined them for a dressage outing to West Wilts where he picked up his first ever 1st place! He scored 74% in a BE90 test, which was very pleasing. Kitkat ran through a 3-star test scoring a great 70% and Myrtle did a BE novice test also getting 70%. A good day all round.
This week could be even more hectic as it is Cheltenham Festival, the biggest week in the National Hunt racing calendar. I am hoping to get there every day so there will be some very early starts to get the horses worked before I go. My brother, Harry, has some very exciting runners so the nerves will be put to the test.
I am competing at Aldon with Myrtle in the novice on Saturday and Kitkat in the open intermediate on Sunday. I can’t wait to get them out to their first event of the season and fingers crossed it goes well.
Report from Aldon, plus full coverage of the Cheltenham Festival, in next week’s H&H, out 20 March.