So, it's been a long time since the last update (sorry about that!) and a lot has been happening here at Mushill Farm.
I have a few new and exciting rides this season; Glenneagle II (Eagle), Falbaran H2 (Flash), Edelweis V (Etoile) and Morjoy Lady Darna (Darna) to add to the constant flow of horses coming and going from our busy yard.
I have been lucky enough to gain the rides on Eagle, Flash and Hadley for this season as their owner Amanda Walker is currently recovering from surgery (very speedily I hasten to add - nothing can stop Amanda from getting back on board. She is well on her way to recovery and already out winning at affiliated dressage!!)
Eagle has had a great season so far and is well known on the yard for his cheeky behaviour and is often referred to as the 'uber child'! He managed to qualify for both the Osberton British Eventing Young Horse Championships 5YO class AND the Burghley Young Event Horse finals within a week! So fingers crossed for both of them, although we have no doubt he will do well! He thinks his greatest achievement to date however is when he jumped so big in his training session with Caroline Moore, that he hit me in the face, much to his and everyone else's amusement!
Flash is also out and doing well this season, making the big step up to novice level recently at Aston Le Walls. He is starting to know his job better now and getting very excited about it - cue the bit change!! He has also been doing very well at the 'dancing ponies' with Amanda, having qualified for the BD Novice Regional Finals earlier this year.
Etoile is an exciting horse that came to me earlier this year to event and I have just fallen in love with. He is a yard favourite and the girls fight over who is going to put jumps up in the school for him so they can watch!! He is currently competing at novice level and I am hoping to qualify and run him intermediate before the end of the season.
Darna is a 5yo mare owned by Lauren Fletcher and previously ridden and produced by Will Scott. She has been getting to grips with this eventing malarkey this season and excels in the dressage phase, getting a 19 (!!!) dressage at her most recent event! She finds it all very tiring and can be found flat out snoring in her stable after trying her little heart out!
Mushill Farm is also the proud home of a number of successful liveries.
Dr Karin Thomas has been particularly successful this season on her little mare Caffrey, having qualified for the national riding club championships and then coming 2nd at the champs!! A big well done to Karin from all of us here!
George Sharples has a lovely young horse, Harry, who at 4 years old is still learning the ropes. He is proving very easy and chilled out about life, and we love his trainable brain and stunning ability!
Lauren Hayton has three horses here with us that she is successfully competing, having taken her mare Chippy up to novice level this year all the way from BE90! She is aiming for 1* at the end of this year.
I have also been out competing a number of other exciting young event horses and am ever grateful for the support of all my owners and sponsors!
Watch out for my next blog coming soon: Build up to Burghley.
Lots of love Lauren x