Well the 2018 season has started and is now well underway. The weather has been very much against us all, riders, owners, organisers, volunteers and supporters an we have all had cancellations but I think it is fair to say that we are all sooo incredibly grateful to all for their hard work in trying to give us a run in the first few events of 2018.
This season we have 3 new young horses that have joined the team, Levitate a 6 yr old mare owned by Deirdre Johnston, Rosemary Search and Harriet Milnes Coates all of whom have been long term owners of mine since I began eventing – just a few years ago ! Mattie Clover is a 6yr old gelding owned by Gerry and Mary Kemp who also owns One Two Many and Chiraz a 5yr old gelding owned by James and Jo Lambert, owners of Bulana.
The first event for us after Epworth fell foul of the weather was Oasby where we managed to compete 2 out of the 4 days of competition. All the horses went well but 2nd place was the best I could do with 2nds from Annie Clover, All We Need and Chabadu. Bulana had her first run since last years excitement of the European Championships and felt fantastic having a steady double clear and 4th and Elite Jaguar 6th.
Our next event was Lincoln where again we were lucky to get 1.5 days of competition out of 3 and the horses who did run ran very well with wins from Mattie Clover and All We Need, 5th from Cooley Conker and 10th from Chabadu before the weather really did get too bad to compete. I was so proud of Conker and All We Need who both did suburb dressage tests in the hail and then snow, they were so focused and tried so hard for me. I might have been freezing on the outside but I was glowing with pride from the inside …
I actually hadn ‘t entered to go anywhere the following week however JL Dublin was entered to run in the CIC2* at Burnham Market so I was keen for him to have an Intermediate run in preparation. Great Witchingham was so kind in allowing a few more entries so we made the 4 hour journey which was very worthwhile to lead the dressage and then a lovely double clear to win the class. The journey home certainly felt a shorter one after such a lovely ride round a beautifully presented cross country course and the ground was unbelievable considering what the weather has thrown at the country as a whole!
I usually get our horses into work a little sooner than some as in the north we can get a week or two of bad weather so it is nice to have a fortnights margin to play with so I know if the weather turns I am up on my work and dont panic when I cant work them as much, but this year everyone has been affected, not just us northerners … hopefully normal weather will resume soon.
Thank you to all behind the scenes at Nicola Wilson Eventing and we welcome Suzie Knight and Martha Todd to our 2018 team. Huge thank you to my owners and sponsors and roll on the season