I love this wild and windy weather we are having it’s so much nicer than the unbearable heat of this last summer. Thirty years ago I had the incredible opportunity to spend 3 months in Southern Chile working as a venturer with Raleigh International on charity projects,. My group of 12 venturers worked mainly in a temperate rainforest, which means it’s not warm and there’s lots of rain. We lived in tiny 2 man Chilean Ex Army tents, the tents leaked so badly we used to cut holes in the floor to let the water out!!! These days the experience still makes me really appreciate getting soaked through and being able to get into dry clothes and a warm house, and being able to have hot soup in 3 minutes, instead of having to try and light a fire first out of sodden wood gathered from the forest floor. A few photos from Chile below, including myself washing my hair!!! . One photos is of a lad called James who is about to rescue one of our boats which was heading in the direction of the rapids, backwards! The 3 months was an adventure of a lifetime and our story was told in a 3 part BBC Radio 4 programme.
Although I love this weather which is why I chose to go to Chile all those years ago, riding young horses in wet, windy weather don’t go together too well. Riding them Friday last in high wind and torrential rain was interesting and I failed to get a proper tune out of them. So last minute decision we loaded them on to the lorry early Friday evening and took them showjumping to Hartpury University.
Good decision, both Chief and Ruby jumped two double clears a piece coming home with rosettes for good placings including Chief 2nd in the 90 he even brought home some prize money.
Back late in the dark and it didn’t seem many minutes (it was 6 hours) before my alarm went off at 5.30 am and we were loading them up again to go to Solihull Eventing.
The horses were tired and sooo much easier to ride, they both pulled out good dressage tests and both went double clear. Chief went like a dream, my issue with his brakes had gone and he finished in 3rd and Ruby won. Between them they won £100 in prize money. What a fab end to the Eventing season.
I feel I should introduce Ruby. We had an awful experience last year, when Ant bought me an older horse for my 50th birthday present, after 7 days we returned the horse to the dealer as unsuitable. It’s been a compete nightmare as the case is still ongoing.
Consequently it has taken us 12 months to pluck up courage to buy a replacement which is the lovely Ruby who has been here for 3 weeks. Ruby is lovely and has restored my confidence in buying from a professional yard, hopefully we will have lots of fun with her. She’s a pocket rocket, light on her feet, moves well and a real fun character too. Photo is Ruby jumping the fence after the water, she’s wearing her lovely new Payrolls UK saddle cloth.