Recently I have felt like the M1 has become my new best friend, with H&C projects taking me up and down the country on numerous occasions this week. But when my destination is the Para Dressage Winter Championships, or the ‘Dean Dibsdall: Model Farrier' filming shoot - I really can’t complain.
Firstly, I went along to oversee some of the filming on our show about Dean Dibsdall, a farrier and model. I don’t want to give too much away about the it, but you can look forward to Shetlands and Shires, Quad bikes and hairdressers, and more innuendos than you will know what to do with. Filming has been fun, so I am sure you will enjoy the show.
The weekend was my first experience covering Para dressage for Rudall’s Round-Up, and it certainly won’t be the last. The welcome was warm, the competition was fierce, and the horses were inspiring.
Para trainer Clive Milkins almost bought me to tears when he introduced me to his horses, and I was truly honoured to meet the great Lambrusco III. This magnificent grey has European, World and Paralympic titles to neigh about, and when Clive insisted I have a sit on him, I couldn’t refuse… I literally couldn’t - Clive not only insisted I jump on, he yelled instructions at me to execute flying changes across the school.
Slightly embarrassed and not wanting to get in the way of the professionals, I gingerly popped Lambrusco into a canter – like a true professional, he duly obliged with some well-timed changes, despite his rider. I felt truly privileged to ride such an old pro, but think I did hear him sigh with relief when I dismounted.
Look out for 'Rudall’s Round-up' on March 26, which will also include an Olympic watch from eventer Laura Colletts yard.