Hi all I will be posting here a bit of news about the horses I have to compete with this year!
Some of you will know Otis, the young horse I acquired from Sarah Bailey, and who I had my Whoopsy off when I broke my leg.... Yes I still have him and he was ridden quite a bit last year by Giovanni Mereu who was based with us at Ingestre,until recently. Otis has had some time off over the winter and is now back into work with me, and is settling into his work in a much more mature way. I have always felt that there is a nice horse in there and the time we have taken with him is looking like it has paid dividends, here is a pic of him at his first dressage competition.
I did some work with a mare called Millie and will be helping the owner, Vicki Waring with her again this year and hopefully will be doing some more events with her, she is a fun mare. Here is a photo of her.
Burt is a rising five year old bred at Ingestre and is by Landtanzer out of an intermediate mare, so he has the breeding and I am very excited about this young horse, he has extremely good paces, a very good technique jumping a fun character to work with, so I can't wait to get out and see what he thinks of cross country... if the weather will be more helpful there may be a xc school open soon!!?? He has been out to some dressage competitions and had wins on good marks! Here is an early photo and I will get more as and when.
Theo is a little more experienced and has done a few events with Giovanni last season, having also evented a bit before he came to Ingestre, so I am hoping that we will hit it off together and be able to progress through the season and time will tell how far we get, he is a lot of fun and I love jumping him, though have only jumped him once last summer, he is getting fit again and am looking forward to starting jumping him again in prep for our first event. I have no pics with me on him yet, but here is a photo with Ruth Stack, riding him in the SNOW today! Ruth is based at Ingestre and will be helping me with his work and will compete him in some dressage and maybe some jumping, when I am involved in other stuff.
More news and photos to come as and when.