It seems like ages ago that we were in France, but it was only last week. The first big learning curve was having to hand over the reins to someone else. When you look after your horse yourself it is quite strange leaving him in this country then not seeing him for nearly 24 hours. He travelled ok, but lost quite a bit of weight, which we had anticipated as he is a bit of a worrier. He refused to eat anything for the first couple of days, but once he started to settle he soon got into the routine. He sailed through the trot up, but because he took a little longer to recover from the journey we did not do a training session on the first day as we wanted to save him for the competition days.
The first day of competing was a little nerve racking, he warmed up beautifully, but when I took him into the arena he felt really nervous and our test was a little wild! We still managed to walk away with a third, so I must not complain too much!
He got better and better each day, as his and my confidence grew and we were second on both of the 2 remaining days, which I was thrilled about. We were also picked to represent Britain for the team event and with a massive score from our Grade II rider Natasha Baker it meant that we took second in the Nations cup, not bad for our first International!
Ollie travelled home much better and he is currently chilling out in the field quickly putting the weight back on that he lost!
Gary and I loved every minute and we can’t wait for the next one. We made a lot of new friends and learnt a lot.
He will come back into work next week ready for the build up to the Hickstead champs in June and then Hartpury in July.