We've been fairly quiet on the competition front this month due to Ash's season being cut a little short, and our four-year-old Mindy was out on a short holiday.
I must be honest and say I couldn't help being a tad (okay a whole lot!) envious watching all the action from Blenheim - I'd really hoped we'd be finally competing there this year. It was totally gutting having Ash on the side-line, I'm not going to lie.
I know there are people out there much worse off and all that, BUT.... he's been our everything for the last four years - hopes, aspirations and dreams have rested on him. It's tough making horses work, unless you're a big name.
We have all worked our day jobs in an effort to make dreams happen and the journey has been totally amazing. Burghley Young Event Horse Final, National five-year-old finalist, Gatcombe Novice Championship finalist, won and placed at some serious prestigious events AND European 2* Silver Medallist!!!
Our journey is only just getting going, and whilst we're negotiating this latest challenge, we have utilised the enforced down time to take stock and reorganise. It's very easy these days to 'wing' along, we are all just so busy emerging from the duvet before dawn, running around trying to fit everything in, before climbing back within our duvet's comforting grasp after the sun has long since set!
So, we've taken the plunge and moved our horses closer to home, and taken on a few more stables. We are now based at the Stonehouse Farm in Packington, which boasts two fab surfaced outdoor arenas and an indoor too! To top it all off, there is a walker, fabulous grazing and 100's of acres of off road hacking and cantering. We feel very lucky to have re-located here!
We have welcomed two new horses to the team, Grandee is a 17hh, seven-year-old chestnut gelding by Balou de Rouet. He is British bred by our friends Mike and Zoe Potter of Lambley House Stud. As we are zooming towards the end of the season, he has been fast tracked somewhat into his eventing career after jumping 1.45m + showjumping tracks with Mike.
With Ash had being side-lined, Mike kindly offered me the ride to add more to 'Basil's' CV before him being offered for sale.
We also welcome Koko - a stunning seven-year-old mare by Corea (Cor de la Bryere) who is in to produce and sell on behalf of her owner Helen.
All the horses have settled into their new home so well, better than expected actually! We've just got a few things left to move - stable matts, show jumps, xc fences, rug racks, saddle racks, feed and rug storage trunks.... phew, tired just writing it!!
So, with only a few more weeks to go before we see the eventing season close, we embark on a new chapter... it's all systems go for our new venture and kicking on in 2018!