April with Sammy Borthwick
With longer hours of daylight, only means longer hours of work so it’s all been very busy with me. I started the month off with an Easter Special show at South View where April Love picked up some lower placings. I also picked up a new ride at this show Corcovada, a horse ridden by Robert Bevis who gave me the ride of it whilst he was on Team GB duties!!!
Corcovada has been running alongside April and they’ve had some great results, in particular Corcovada who qualified the Royal Highland Foxhunter Championship and the Foxhunter Second Rounds. April also stepped up to the bigger classes this month, and although she (and I) where a little bit rusty and had a couple of faults, I was still very pleased just to be back at that level again.
For the young horses it has been loads of little shows to gain experience and confidence and they just keep getting better and better at every show. It feels fantastic when all the hard work pays off, there is more downs then ups with young horses and it can be hard to keep positive at times so I was literally over the moon when Forca Twente won her first ever class at Church Farm this month !!
I ended the month with my first International of the year at Chepstow CSI 2*. This was my first big show back in nearly 2 years so I was very excited for it. I took April Love for the Small Tour and Corcovada for the Gold Tour, unfortunately though it wasn’t to me my show! April seemed to find it even more exciting than me to be back a big show and didn’t have her mind on the job at all so uncharacteristically picked up faults every day, whilst Corcovada had an unlucky fence the first two days but finally we saw a rosette the last day when he finished 6th ! My bad luck didn’t stop in the ring though, I managed to smash my phone the second day at the show and the lorry wouldn’t start when we were due to set off home. Safe to say, I was glad to be home when we finally got there!!!!
In all through I have been very pleased with all the horses and even more excited for the summer months and shows, but it’s not all play… I’ve been very busy at home breaking horses with my dad, schooling horses that have come in for some education and getting our 3 new horses from Ireland up and running. If that wasn’t enough, I’ve had and given some fab lessons and of course spring only means one thing, “Spring Cleaning”!!!! So all the stables have had a power wash and lick of paint.
Finally this month I made the decision to retire Celestian Z from jumping, at 14 years old she seems to have lost heart for the job and I don’t believe in pushing horses to jump if they no longer love doing it. She will now be living a more relaxed life at home.Share this