So I have failed on keeping up to date with blogs since June and so much has happened since then. If you would like to find out about all the events in more detail then head over to my Facebook page where there are updates for each event.
"I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted." This is no more true than at the end of the 2017 season where I have had the most amazing year. I am getting to do what I love all day every day alongside some teaching. I am quite literally living the dream!
So this season I have competed 19 times at 12 different events. Coco has done 9 events, Hudson 5, Joey 4 and I rode Smarty at one event.
So a few basic stats...
Average dressage score: 33.5
SJ Clears: 11/19 (58%)
XC clears: 17/19 (89%)
This only touches the surface of what my fantastic horses have done this year. We jumped at all 3 Hickstead Jumping meetings with Joey, Hudson, Lily and Coco and all four picked up placings at some point during the year. Always an enjoyable show and gives the horses such good experience. Of course the highlight was Coco jumping round the Eventers Challenge in the main arena in style. Finishing 10th in very good company. I hope we get an invite to come back next year!
We have also had several good results out show jumping with Coco qualifying for the Foxhunter 2nd rounds as well as the 1.30m Final at the British Showjumping Champs.
However, there is one moment this year that I will never ever forget. The moment I realised that with my horse of a lifetime we had won a car. We had an impressive 2nd in the AI at South of England (1) and followed it up with a 3rd place at Eridge. So it came down to the wire at South of England (2) with Pippa Funnell and I on equal points. However, 10th place in the OI after Pippa couldn't run Billy Walk On meant we had done it. It took a few days to actually sink in - not many people can say they have won a car. He is 18 now and just getting better and better.
So a few thank you's to make:
Firstly to my Mum, Gill Wood who not only helps me look after the horses and exercise them, drives round the country at all hours and generally supports everything I do, she also keeps all the horses in one piece as she is an Equine Chiropractor and I don't believe Coco would ever have achieved what he has this year without all her input.
To Liz and Kari Hale who own the beautiful yard where I am lucky to keep my horses but also own Coco and part own Hudson. They have supported me for many years now and it was lovely they could both make it to South of England when Coco won the car.
To Peter Greenaway for his ongoing support, having sent me Oscar and Hudson to produce and of course we have bought Hudson. His horses are all such gorgeous characters and if you are looking for a beautifully bred, young competition horse then don't hesitate to get in contact with him at Greenlane Stud.
To Simple System Ltd who have supported me for several years and I totally believe in their products. They have the most amazing feedline which is accessible for everyone and they are so knowledgeable that I know I can rely on their products to keep my horses feeling good on the inside and looking stunning on the outside.
Equine Superstore have joined us this year. Providing me with products to test and review. They have a brilliant range of products and are a friendly and reliable company. I am delighted to be working with them and hope we can build on it going forwards.
Thank you to my fantastic trainers who have helped me get the best out of my horses. Ernest Dillon, who nearly 15 years later is still inspiring me to ride better and improve as a jumping rider. He has nearly managed to persuade me to be a showjumper!
Also to Jenny Watson and Alison Craig who have helped me with the horses on the flat this year. The horses work has improved beyond recognition this year and I couldn't have done it without you.
Finally thank you to my very much long suffering boyfriend, Rob. Who has just about managed to stop complaining every time my alarm goes off before 7am! However, in all seriousness, thank you for your support and encouragement!
Here is to a winter of show jumping, dressage and arena eventing before making the 2018 season our best ever.
See the picture summary of 2017 by Clicking Here.