I’m writing this from Strzegom, Poland where I have 3 horses in the different classes. It’s pretty hot out here, as I believe it is back home. I have been on the road quite a lot since I last wrote, with Tattersalls over in Ireland and then a couple of weeks at home before Luhmuhlen and then here. I’m quite looking forward to spending some more time back at the yard next week although the one day event schedule is also looking pretty busy for the next few weeks. The team at home have been busy decorating and re-doing the tack room whilst we have been away, which I am looking forward to seeing on Monday.
Casting my mind back to Brigstock, I had a hectic return to competition following on from my rest period after Kentucky. I was feeling pretty sore after riding the first couple but then the more I did the easier it seemed to get. I was fortunate enough to have a few good results in those first 3 days back and then also at Tattersalls which followed, another fantastic result with Ashdale Cruise Master winning the CIC***W in fine style.
Ashdale Cruise Master then headed to Luhmuhlen. For us as a pair to qualify for selection for the WEG later in the year, we have to have completed a three day event together at that level. The decision to head there paid off well and Splash felt superb in the Dressage and cross country. We were a little unlucky in the show jumping but we still managed to achieve Splash’s best result to date with a 5th placing at 4*. Carousel Quest was very unlucky and seemed to trip coming into one of the final fences on the cross country, resulting in elimination for him and quite a sore nose from bashing it on the fence. Both these greys have come home absolutely fine and will now have a short holiday before coming back in to work to prepare for their next events.
One of my brilliant sponsors Lincoln held a Jump Cross competition on Tuesday which I competed in before flying out here. It was a fantastic day of competition and all who attended were well looked after with a delicious lunch and a lovely atmosphere. It was not quite my day competition wise but I was pleased with how my still relatively novice horses both went.
Townend online is now stocking a full range of Lincoln products – check out www.townenndonline.co.uk – as well as now having Point Two air jackets available and of course my leather range which is flying off the shelves.
I’ve also recently got a brilliant new Subaru car which I am sure many of you will have already seen on the website. It’s a Forester like I had before and really liked, just slightly newer and in a different colour. It is white with the union jack and my name on the sides so you won’t be able to miss me now at all the events!
This month’s member’s competition is still open, but be quick! This month you are in with the chance of winning some Lincoln Omega Gold rapeseed oil which is a great product for your horse. Well done to Sharon Smith who was the May competition winner, taking home the Toggi Newmarket jacket.
Looking ahead, I have two horses now qualified for the Gatcombe Novice Championships in Carden Imp and Jeepers Creepers. I’m also going to be competing in the all new eventer’s challenge at the Bolesworth show in nearby Cheshire in a couple of weeks. I am not sure which horse to take yet; I think I will see who is going well closer to the time!
Right I had better go and walk the course!