Hello everyone! It seems like yesterday we were starting the season, and building the new yard, but all of a sudden we are eventing in autumnal conditions and as I write this post I am looking across our fields on a very foggy, chilly morning.
Our eventing season is actually nearing it's end, with Crunchie and Purdey competing in their last event of the year this Sunday at Allerton Park. It will be both of the mares' third advanced, and with them both only being 8, we figured it was going to be a big step up to CIC 3 Star this autumn, so are saving them both for next year. They will compete this weekend, then have a couple weeks off before cracking on with lots of dressage and jumping over the winter.
My working pupils are still out and competing though, with Bex and Crispy off to do their first BE100 Plus tomorrow at Purston Manor. They will then have a nice, confidence giving run at Brooksby in the BE100 to finish off what has been a brilliant first full season eventing! Crispy is a real start of the future, and Bex is now a fully converted ex-show jumper, so we can't wait to watch them crack on into international classes next year.
As Mollie has only been with us a couple of months, she is just starting her BE career with her horse Major. He has flown through his first two unaffiliated events with her, so she will finish off the season at Brooksby in the BE90-their first BE event together!
Here at home things are going from strength to strength, and we have actually spent the last week horse shopping, both at home and abroad! An owner and I headed to Germany last week, to look at some young horses we were interested in. It was my first trip there, and it didn't disappoint! Us Brits have some learning to do on the breeding and producing side of horses, over in Germany they have it down to an art.
We spent two days looking at beautifully bred and produced horses at a family-run stud before coming back home to be at the Blenheim Brightwells Elite Event Horse Auction. It was an amazing week, culminating in a less than fantastic auction in which only about half the horses sold for over their reserve price.
We then got back into the swing of eventing with a trip to Solihull for the young horses this last Sunday. With only a couple more events left this year, the yard is filling up with schooling and sales liveries, so I'm sure we'll be kept well out of trouble into next year!