Hi everyone, hope you are all well.
Things have been busy as usual at my end, but have been made even more so with a terrible timewaster - in the form of a tan Jack Russell puppy called Lola. She IS indeed a showgirl and it's hard to do anything with her around to distract us!
The news from my showjumper Who Boy is still not great, a trip down to Newmarket with a massive vets bill did not reveal the whole problem, and we are yet to know if he will ever jump again.
After my disastrous round at the Blue Chip Grand Prix, my top horse VIP and I have hit some great form. I do owe some of this to trainer Corrine Bracken, who has been brilliant at kicking me back into touch. I haven't really had any help for some years with my jumping and it was definately a good step forward.
A two-day show at The Hand was a great start, dropping down a class or two and having a gallop round was just what the doctor ordered! I have not properly ridden VIP competitively until now, and needed to put my foot down and stop bubble-wrapping him! After having two second placings and a fifth out of four classes, I headed to Wales and the West and jumped the 1.40m Grand Prix, where we finished fourth. This was a great result and I am really looking forward to June, where I will be doing a few more shows with him.
Last week I took my two novice horses out for the first time this year - Master Eli, a five-year-old, and Andreas, who is a green six-year-old. I was so pleased with them, Eli won the Discovery (see the video above) and Andreas was third, so it was a great start for them.
Team GBR has been making the rest of the world take note! The showjumpers have been showing good form, Nick Skelton seems to be in the midst of a purple patch, and Ben Maher has also been winning on Tripple X. The dressage team, Carl, Charlotte and Laura, have had amazing results and really could make dressage history this summer. The eventers are also showing good form and there is nobody I would like to see win a medal more then William Fox-Pitt. It will be really interesting to see all of the riders' tactics in the run-up to the Olympic Games. Go Team GBR!