A lot has happened since my last newsletter just before Kentucky which I am sure you all know about already. It already seems so long ago now; maybe because I am trying to forget about it! I think Kath and I agreed it was three weeks we would both rather forget, with the travel chaos and my fall on Ashdale Cruise Master. ‘Splash’ is now back in light work at home and has been having plenty of TLC following Kentucky although he was absolutely fine from the fall. I, on the other hand, was not quite so lucky – fracturing my sternum, ribs, collar bone and shoulder. Luckily (being a milkman’s son) I seem to have healed well!
I am pleased to announce the launch of my new online website townendonline.com. The website features a range of top quality leather goods which I have helped design and now use myself. Also available to buy online, at super discount prices, is a full range of TRM supplements, which I also use on all my horses. Over the coming months the website will be expanded to include an exciting new Townend branded horse and human clothing range so watch this space!
To celebrate the launch of townendonline.com all orders above £20 placed before 25th May 2010 will be free of delivery charges within the UK. We are looking into making a member’s club discount on the system for when the next range of products is launched.
I don’t know what there is to tell you about with no events to report on! I went down to watch at Badminton (I was going to stay at home and watch but I got fed up with that by Saturday) where I was honoured to receive my Armada dish for 5 completions, with my 5th being on Flint Curtis last year. The boys (Waylon and Steven) have been to Moreton Morrell and Keysoe riding the horses I had planned to ride. They were all babies so it was good for them to get out to an event and they even notched up a few placings between them. It is very strange being the one stuck on foot for once; I’m not sure I would make a very good groom!
I’ve been to Ireland to look at some young horses. It’s always nice to get over there although I invariably have that many horses to drive around and look at I don’t get much of a chance to enjoy it! I’ve also had the BBC here again filming a follow up piece from Kentucky and have also been making lots of overdue phone calls to keep me busy whilst I was unable to ride! I went to Chatsworth last weekend, watching friends and talking to sponsors at what is always a great event. Waylon was in the CIC*** on his own horse and did very well, finishing 9th.
As I write this I am busy preparing to get back in to competition mode. I’ve been riding for a couple of days now and as many of you will have seen already I am planning to compete again at Brigstock this weekend where I have 14 horses entered across the three days. Everything has been has been going well so far – I went to the gallops yesterday and am off to do some SJ and XC schooling today. I’ve also seen my physio, Andy Thomas, again and have been doing my exercises and swimming as instructed!
Fingers crossed for Brigstock!