Posted by on August 26, 2011

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Hi All,

I can’t believe Burghley is just around the corner already. August has been a funny month – quieter than usual for me on the competition front but lots of work on the new Stud plans, sponsor meetings, interviews – and not forgetting Zara’s wedding of course!

Pepper Anne has been going well – she felt great at the Eventer’s Grand Prix and was a bit unlucky to hit the last fence which dropped us a couple of placings to 4th.

Gatcombe was its usual great weekend and I was very pleased to hold on to the Novice Championship title with Brucester Rooster – he is showing some real class which is very exciting. All the horses went well – Arctic Mouse so nearly won the Intermediate Championship and to have three in the top six meant it was definitely a good day for the Team. I’d done some show jump training with Luiz Alvarez Cervera which I guess paid dividends!

The young horses have been going well, with my new stable jockey Paul Burgess putting in some good work on them for me. I took Peruising to the Young Event Horse class at Hartpury which he won so he will get his first sight of Burghley next week.

I’m not sure that I’m cut out for Scottish dancing but I did give it a go at Blair and think Nina (Barbour) has just about recovered from the ordeal. It was a mixed weekend, with Brucester Rooster again mega but Steven unable to run ODT Ballinclover when a neighbouring horse kicked him through the stable wall. Very disappointing.

So just Milton Keynes and Highclere before we set off for Burghley, one of my favourite events of the year… say hello if you see me (and keep you fingers crossed for a successful weekend of course!)


Oh, and before I forget, put Wednesday 26th October in your diaries – that’s when we will be holding this year’s Open Day. More info to follow soon… keep checking the website for details.

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