With both Frank and Robbie now jumping, I took them both show-jump schooling last week to a local competition centre – Forest Edge Arena. It was the first time I’d put Frank round a proper numbered course away from home – he was great! Robbie was his usual gorgeous self too and is currently back schooling around 1.05m. He is looking good and hoping to have him back out eventing in March.
Robbie also went to a hunter trial at Great Witchingham, around the 90cm at the end of October. Having been off games for what feels like forever, I just wanted him to have a nice time and get a confidence run in before the winter of training for next season. We cruised round and somehow came home with a 2nd place frilly and £20 prize money! He loved it!
I’ve also started working on my own fitness to aid my riding and attend a “sculpt class” every Thursday evening. It’s basically weight lifting to music with so many squats. Hard work, but rewarding and I am enjoying going. I would like to think I’m getting stronger and I hope it all pays off. I finish teaching at 5.30pm, put the horses away, leave Mum teaching other lessons, quickly get changed and rush off to fitness with our apprentice, Heidi, for 6p. An hour there, then back home to get changed back into smelly yard clothes, out onto the yard to feed and then put the horses to bed. I’m determined to make it work!