I can almost hear you rejoicing... Hannah actually has very little to say at last!
October really has been a holiday for both Stanley and I. He has spent lots of time enjoying his grass, getting hairy, fat and having a much needed break! I on the other hand have been enjoying some beautiful hot sunny weather in Spain with my family having a much needed break and enjoying far too much food, getting fat but thankfully less hairy than Stanley!
I did however get to ride a friend’s horse this month while she was out of action. It has been really eye opening riding something other than Stanley, it reinforced the importance of riding other horses when you are a one horse rider. It keeps you thinking on your feet, developing as a rider by thinking outside your usual box and is an invaluable learning tool. Our aim was to try to get his final qualifying points for the medium regionals and thankfully we managed! For 23 I think he is quite something and the testament to his lovely owner’s hard work and excellent care; he doesn't necessarily find all the work easy but has the heart of a lion and tries so hard to please! Hopefully Linda will be back riding again shortly but I would love to have another go!
At the end of the month the weather has finally turned cold! Stanley has had some much needed pampering, physio, farrier, hairdresser etc. and is now ready to start thinking about doing some dancing again. We have a couple of Medium points left to get for the winter regionals and need to get one more sheet for our music by the end of November. I have a couple of competitions planned and a couple up my sleeve to enter just in case we forget what we are doing entirely the first time out!
Very brief from us this month but we hope you all find some winter jumpers to wrap up warm and enjoy your winter season.
Hannah & Stanley