For the last five years every time the word eventing was mentioned Sam seemed to sustain an injury – we have had everything from collateral ligament damage to wind operations and a very expensive stomach ulcer episode. Sam has always been my pride and joy and after his injury in April 2017 at the second showjump in the Novice at the British Eventing event held at Breckenbrough we decided enough was enough – no more eventing.
And then we discovered TumerAid…
So when we decided that Sam was telling us he wanted to do more after the winter was spent careering around the hunting field and putting some great rounds of showjumping in, we decided we would see what he could handle in the eventing field again.
Maintaining his hunting fitness and adding in some showjumping and dressage training with Tanya Buckingham, Sarah Tubbs and Julie Lawson we set our sights on another outing to Breckenbrough. Entries in, more training and the excitement starts to build… Sam and Storm are raring to go. And then the rain would not stop. April showers turned into deluge after deluge but we still held out hope for a run. Sadly after all the teams hard efforts at Breckenbrough the event sadly did not go ahead. For the rest of the month events fell by the wayside and we all felt a bit disheartened.
Instead of pinging around the cross country course we headed to Richmond Equestrian Centre for some British Showjumping with Sam and Storm. With so many events cancelled the event was absolutely heaving – Sam never deals with a busy warm up but he was so glad to be out and he warmed up beautifully. A very nice double clear over a course which was catching out quite a few finished us up in third place and into the prize money. Maybe this showjumping malarkey might be the way forward!!! No plaiting up and in the money…
With events still not running we spent the middle couple of weeks in April doing beach rides, combined training at Northallerton with Cointreau and Storm, and plenty of fitness work. All the boys continued with their training. Sam and Cointreau had a couple of outings at British Dressage and both came home in the ribbons. The feedback from the judges also gave us something to work on in the training sessions.
We also used the time for a check of everything including horses diets; we had the saddles checked and the boys all had physio treatments.
So the weather has finally dried up and we look forward to our outings at Floors Castle, Warwick Hall and Belsay. Roll on summer!!