July 23rd was a day destined for XC schooling. Of course it couldn’t run smoothly and the day before (Saturday 22nd) when I retrieved Bonnie from the field she was minus a shoe. A message to my farrier was off immediately and I am lucky that he came out early the Sunday morning on his day off to put it back on for us.
Between my blog post about the LV Jump X win (which you can read by clicking here), Tobias had to be officially retired from ridden work – no hacking, just a field ornament.
This led to us having a major tack sale including his saddle…and my mum very kindly let buy a dressage saddle with the money (see the Facebook post by clicking here).
After numerous lessons, and lots of preparation, we were ready to hit the Laurel View Charity
stressage dressage raising money for Aware NI on July 16th, 2017.
My most viewed blog post on here is my “Retiring your horse of a lifetime”. In that post I explain the decision process we went through having to retire Tobias from competition, explaining how he hacked.
As of June 28th, Tobias was officially retired to the field. He can no longer be stabled.
Slap on the wrist for me for my absolutely AWFUL time management skills at updating this blog. In my defence, a hell of a lot has been going on. But you will find out all about that over my next few blog posts.
Catching up, on June 11th, Bonnie and I headed to the Jump X Challenge at Laurel View Equestrian Centre. The weather was to be desired for with periods of gale force winds (so much so that the X fence had to be changed from planks to a skinny, as the jumps were falling down before people even got to jump them) and bursts of heavy rainfall. Your average summers day in Northern Ireland.
As you can probably guess, I was more than a little excited.
I quite literally ran. I don’t run. Ever.
We had made the 104 mile trip down to Tatts to watch the cross country on the Saturday. It was great – we went to the shopping village, I took part in a dog show with Cody, and we were having a really good time. Even got an icecream. But the highlight of the day was, of course, meeting and talking to Mark Todd.
Our first competitive outing with our new mascot Schuberry and he certainly proved lucky..
We were originally intending to skip the final of the SJI league we have been competing in, when on Friday night mum received a text notifying her we had qualified for the final. She was working until 7pm.
What a fabulous day out with Bonnie on May 21st, 2017.
After having the majority of May off due to silly me being sick, Bonnie was only ridden 4 times before taking her schooling and has spent the rest of the time in the field. Despite her lack of exercise she did not once fail to disappoint.
Today I thought I would write about my newest video, a vlog of Balmoral Show where I also do a mini-haul of some clothing I picked up at the end.
Just thought I would write a short little post to welcome our newest addition, Schuberry.
Schuberry is a descendant of Willberry Wonder Pony, mascot of inspirational teenager Hannah Francis who sadly passed away in August 2016 after fighting terminal bone cancer.
There comes a time with a lot of equestrians when they must ask themselves, “Is he too old to be doing those jumps now? Does he require an easier pace of life?”. This can come at any stage in a horses life. They may have had a successful career for over 15 years, or they may not have even been able to start.
Retiring a horse is not an easy decision, and many factors must be considered before the answer to the question is definitive.