"I’ve had an exciting and productive few weeks since my last blog - with some excellent results from my horses, plus four new additions to my yard.
Danny and Boo are coming on leaps and bounds. Working with these inexperienced horses has been so rewarding, especially considering their recent results.
I attended Munstead with Boo (1-2 September) which was his first ever event. I was delighted to be at an event after a summer of awful weather and cancellations, and Boo certainly didn’t disappoint. He felt great and won the BE90 Open. He kept up his winning streak at a recent dressage outing that I also attended with Danny. Danny was excellent and came second and third in the Prelims and Boo won his class with 73%.
A trip to Ireland to look at horses resulted in four fantastic youngsters being sent over the following week. I looked at hundreds of horses in five days, which was exhausting but a great way to be very selective with my choices. I have chosen horses that have an excellent attitude combined with ‘rideability’ and talent. Each of my new horses is very different, but their huge potential is something that they all have in common. I am really excited about their progression, so watch this space for their future developments.
My lovely new horses include ‘Mac’, a dapple grey five-year-old Irish Sports Horse gelding, ‘Lola’, a coloured four-year-old mare, ‘Murray’, a chestnut four year-old Irish Sports Horse gelding by Guidam, and ‘Louis’. a three-year-old chestnut gelding by Luidam and out of a Clover Hill/Cavalier mare. All very exciting.
I’m sure everyone is keen to hear how the famous Jasper (Tankers Town) is doing. Jasper still feels great and I am enjoying riding my Olympic star again! Interestingly, I recently had the great honour of meeting Jasper’s breeders and the vet who foaled him - having owned Jasper since he was four we have a long history together and it was great to meet Mary Blundell and her husband Bill, who bred him. It was fantastic to listen to her stories of his early days. Sadly, it was a difficult birth for both mother and foal and they both nearly died. The vet, Paddy O’Hanlan, said he blessed him and this was why he was such a wonderful horse. I asked him if he could bless all of my horses from now on please! I also learnt that his mother was a very good point-to-point mare but was very difficult to get on at the races and if legged in the parade ring would lie down, so he had to be mounted away from the ring… Sounds very familiar!"