Following our success at the Nationals we have been selected to compete in our first International competition abroad at the end of May 🙂 I feel very proud to be representing Team GB again and I just hope we can continue our great form and make everyone at home proud. We have a few para qualifiers between now and then to check that we are still on the right track, but other than that it will just be training.
We have also had some success at able bodied competitions, not only did we achieve our highest score at Medium a few weeks ago, but we have also just done it at Advanced Medium!!! We won a qualifier, placed first overall, with just over 70%! 🙂 This means we are now qualified for the Regionals at both levels and hopefully between now and then things will keep on improving. I still don’t feel like we have completely got it together in the test yet as there is quite a big drop from the work I am getting at home and in the warm up, but as we are really getting to know each other it’s slowly improving.
Sadly, due to family commitments, Zoe has had to step down as chief rider for Ed. I very seriously considered taking him over myself, but I just don’t think I have any extra confidence to give him yet. It’s so important to us that he gets some competition experience with an able bodied rider so that when it’s my turn he will have enough confidence to help me if necessary. There is an up and coming rider at my stables that is doing amazingly well with her own horse and she has agreed to take him on. Her name is Bex Haryett and she is trained by Charlotte Dujardin, so with the right guidance I have every faith that they will do very well.