As the 2017 season comes to an end it’s time for all the horses to have a well-deserved holiday, resting and refueling before we begin to prepare for the next chapter, the 2018 season..! This gives me time now to reflect on the highs and lows we have faced this season in order to make 2018 as successful as possible!!

Liberty and Glory (our little pocket rocket) has excelled herself this season stepping up to 3* level, despite fracturing her skull at the beginning of the season, putting everything on hold she managed to pull it out the bag when it mattered and completed 2 CCI3*’s. Her debut being at Le Pin Au Haras where she finished 8th and finishing the season giving me a solid ride out at Boekelo! This is a truly talented mare that continues to surprise and excite the whole team for her future as she really is a gift that just keep son giving!

Cooly’s Luxury also gave me a great ride around Burghley, back on form to finish 16th and being the highest place Bailey’s UK horse, rider combination! Even at 15 he is still raring to get out eventing again rather than resting in the field! With him feeling so well this season we are aiming for another Badminton in May 2018!

Winterdown Royale(Jovi) and Vendome Biats (Vendome) have both run at CCI2* this season, Jovi finishing 4th at Camphire International whilst Vendome has the second half of this season stepped up to this level and coped very well. He has also have 5 intermediate runs this season where he has come in the top 10 in all 5!

Liberty and Glory - Military Boekelo CCI3* (photo courtesy of Lieke Bos)

Cooly's Luxury at Burghley CCI4* 

Don Zephyr and Forestino have both stepped up to 1* this season, both completing their first CIC1* at Firle earlier this season. Don Zephyr finished his season at Osberton running in a very competitive CCI1* section. This was his first CCI event and first time he had stayed away from home and as we expected he grew to the challenge and at only 6 years old we couldn’t fault him. 

Unfortunately the ground was very heavy by the time we were to show jump resulting in an unlucky 2 poles. Regardless of this he dug deep to please, it was just a shame that the higher placed you went into the show jumping the more challenging the ground conditions.

Donna Halycon, another 5 year old home bred, also made her debut in the world of eventing and performed like she had been eventing all her life! Starting mid-season at BE90’s she soon progressed up to BE100 before completing her season at Wellington where she qualified for the 5YO championships – this is another little mare that is bursting with talent, we can’t wait to see what she has to give next season!

We have had many other debut eventers this season including, Don Alfabio, Donna Pascale and Capital C who have all given it their all. Having weaned them into it gradually they haven’t competed as much however made it count when it mattered!

 I can’t wait to get them all out more next season now they’ve had a taster and see what they can give!!

Above Tom riding Winterdown Royale

Don Alfabio

Forestino at is first CIC1* at Firle Place International

Don Zephyr at his first CCI1* at Osberton International

Donna Pascale - BE90 at Firle

   Vendome Biats - Camphire CCI2*

Oyster Glory - Novice at Firle

Donna Halcyon - BE100 at Firle