What a six months I have had! At the start of the year I had three main aims - to win an International Stairway, win a 3* Grand Prix, and to compete at Horse of the Year Show with the younger horses. I have ticked all three boxes so I am a happy lady!
Back in March I was introduced to a product called the Infinity Pro Power Band, and I have been wearing this band on my wrist ever since. I was drawn to the numerous things that the band is meant to help with, especially better balance and more focus. Could it be the secret to my success this year?! I am not sure but I won't be taking it off to find out!
I can not thank my sponsors NAF (Natural Animal Feeds) enough. This year they have supported myself and my horses. Diaghilev, Blazer B and Chesterfield have all been competing on Super-Flex, and my results speak for themselves. NAF do some other good products too, in fact our dog is now on the canine form.
After HOYS I am now going to give my older horses a winter holiday - and have one myself! I will then concentrate through the winter months on my younger horses. I have two five-year-olds who have done very little due to my commitments with Diaghilev. They will now get my full attention and hopefully by the spring big improvements will be seen. I have just taken over the ride on another five-year-old from Adrian Whiteway. He has been riding him for me as he was extremely tricky to break in. The horse has finally come the other side of this and is now looking fabulous, jumping consistently double clear around Newcomers (1.10m). Without Adrian I don't think the horse would have ever made it to a show. I am very grateful for all his hard work and for the wonderful job he has done with the horse. Next year if I get caught up with the bigger shows you may see Adrian competing some of my horses around the National circuit.
Horse of the Year Show is just around the corner. It is always a show I very much look forward to. I am currently in talks with clothing company Joshua Jones (who made my shirt in the above picture) so I may be spotted at HOYS in some of the latest equestrian fashion. I cannot wait.