It doesn’t seem to have stopped snowing or raining, we have had so many events cancel where we have then diverted to arena eventing that I am becoming an arena eventing specialist.
My lovely 4 year old Miranda by Miley has done two 60 Cm Arena Events and won both, she’s been a long time physically maturing, being a July foal, but I think she is going to be worth the wait. She is such a lovely mare.
This weekend at long last the sun has appeared and we have been able to compete on grass, I can’t tell you how lovely it was cantering and jumping on green grass amongst the hundreds of bright yellow dandelions that have sprung up in abundance in the last few days.
The only problem now is that it’s so peaceful and so beautiful at Eight Oaks that I don’t want to go anywhere. I love sitting listening to all the different birds singing in the spring sunshine. We have fed the birds all winter and they are rewarding us by starting to nest in all the boxes we have put up, the swallows have this week arrived in the barns and the house sparrows wake me up each morning nesting in the roof above our bedroom. It’s a very warm feeling when wild life chooses to live along side you.
Anyway I did manage to drag myself away. Miranda took part in her first ever XC event on grass this weekend, which was a 70 cm at Salters Hill near Tewkesbury. She did a super clear, she’s ever so bold XC and came 8th in a class of 30 starters. Most of her round can be seen here.
My Renkum boys Chief and Captain went to Calmsden and both went double clear with Captain finishing in 2nd place. It was Chiefs first full event on grass, he is very exciting indeed, he feels real class, he is a 4 year old horse with the brain of a 10 year old. Captain my little pocket rocket, was brilliant XC he really knows his job now. I needed these boys to look after me, as I am recovering from a vile cold and really didn’t feel up to riding anything difficult, luckily they looked after their Mum brilliantly. Chiefs round is here.
My striking piebald Des, who I absolutely adore, he has the kindest and most gentle temperment in the world, is now 3 and broken and riding. He’s done about a month of hacking and schooling and has now been turned away. Cant wait for next year with him, I just love riding him, but I will have to be patient. I told Ant the other day that Des is my horse for my old age.
Almost forgot to introduce the newest canine family member a beareded collie puppy named Tangle, he’s just brilliant, the other dogs Hugo and Sweep love him too, he makes us smile everyday.