This is my first blog as part of the horsescotland 2017/2018 Development Squad which I am delighted to have been selected for. I was on the programme when I was 13 years old for children on horses and so I know how fantastic the programme is although it is much more advanced now. I am excited to be working with the horsescotland team to progress with my horses and achieve my goals.
I am based on my own family yard in Ayrshire, Scotland and I have four show jumping horses called Con, Glow, Cancun and Cleo.
My horses had a quiet month in December after a busy and successful few months out show jumping. We have so many great places on our doorstep that we can take the horses such as Ayr Beach, Rozelle Park, Eglinton Park and Auchincruive Estate. I love getting them out of the arena and doing something a bit different as I find it refreshes them.
We had our first show back out at Morris Equestrian Centre for the New Year Show where my horse Cancun was placed 3rd and 6th in the Foxhunter classes getting his last double clear for Foxhunter Regionals 2017. He also jumped a fabulous clear round his first 1.30m. My other horse Con had a bit of an unlucky show with fast times but fence in jump off stopping us winning the class on two of the days. I was super pleased with both my horses especially after their break. My horse Cleo who Mark Turnbull rides for me went brilliant too jumping great rounds in the Foxhunters. She also has all her double clears now for the Foxhunter Regionals 2017.
We took the horses to Muirmill Equestrian Centre for the 1.15m Members Cup Qualifier in middle of January, Cancun won both the warm up class and the qualifier. Con was again unlucky to have 4 faults. We are currently working hard with the horses to get them fitter for The Royal Highland Show Qualifiers starting beginning of February but it is never easy in the winter months.
Mark Turnbull took my horse Cleo to Howe and she jumped a beautiful clear round the 1.25m, really progressing very well. She will be ready for The Royal Highland Show Qualifiers this year too.
The British Show Jumping Scottish Branch Ball was on 20th January at Airth Castle. Everyone looked amazing and had a fabulous night but it was bit of a special night for me as I got presented with the Scottish Amateur Trophy which I won on Con and was 5th on Cancun. It was extremely special that John White and Fiona Rawson from horsescotland were presenting the prizes.
We had a trip out to Ingliston Country Club for some show jumping last weekend. Con was feeling amazing and starting to get a lot fitter, I got a bit over excited with my turns in the 1.15m jump off so had 4 faults but he jumped a fabulous clear in the 1.20m. Cancun was on great form getting 2nd in the 1.15m by 100th of a second and then had an unlucky fence in the Foxhunter.
Coming up we have our horsescotland training this week which will prepare us for the start of the Royal Highland Show Qualifiers in February. I look forward to sharing how we get on in my blog next month.