Since my last post - unbelievably 4 months ago - we carried on combining our training and competing with other ad hoc outings. I was fortunate enough to have a training session with Mary-Anne Horn at Hickstead - on my birthday no less -- and just before they sadly closed their doors to dressage. We competed at two new venues hosting para competitions in the south east, Parwood and Saddlesdane and had some good results there and at BD competitions at Felbridge Equestrian Centre (1st & 2nd) !!
Our training with Andrew J Murphy continued to push us both out of our comfort zone but in a totally positive way and polework with Mariana Broucher was always entertaining - especially the clinic with prosecco!
And so I headed to the CPEDI3* at Keysoe in October feeling better prepared than ever for an international competition. And unlike last year, I had a groom with me in the capable guise of Angela Brocklehurst - we were staying in a B&B (no freezing in the lorry this time) and we had a dream of a journey there. I guess I should have been a little wary after a less than ideal outing at Parwood a couple of weeks earlier but I chose to put that to the back of my mind. Keysoe was not our finest hour and in a history of disastrous competitions it rates near the top. What can I say.... shit!!
If nothing else 2020 has been a big learning curve and I have to say a big thanks to all who have been supportive during these questionable times... you know who you are!!
So.... let's turn the page and start a clean slate!! GO!!!!