Sophie says:

Well it’s been a couple of weeks since restrictions in Wales have been lifted. We have most certainly been making the most of the new freedoms we have here! It's been a busy old few weeks planning what is left of our season. Whilst shows in Wales can still only have a maximum of 30 people in attendance, shows in England are allowed more numbers. So, on the 12th of September, we get to finally head off to our first event of the year at Broadway in Malvern. I am so unbelievably excited to be heading back out and about. It's been a strange few months and I'm chomping at the bit to get back out and about.

 

     

 

There have been a few new additions since I last updated everyone. The chestnut in the photos above is Basil. He found his way to me through a trainer in Ireland who also trained Brain, my beloved gelding who I lost to wobblers last year. Sometimes things just fall into place for a reason, and Basil would be a prime example of this. Whilst sharp and tense at the moment, he has the makings of a serious event horse. I feel as though he was meant to be here and feel really positive about his future. I have just started him on the Hilton Herbs Calm & Collected, so hope to see him settle into his new life over the next few months. We have our first show on Saturday, and our first event together lined up for the middle of September. I have bitten the bullet and have entered 3 horses for the dressage on Saturday. Nothing quite like throwing yourself back into things is there!

 

    

 

I also had a surprise addition to clan arrive late on Friday night. Having run in 7:55pm race at Newton Abbot on Friday, his owners contacted me and asked if I had space to take him in and find him a long-term home. So, we diverted him to mine, where he is currently letting down and enjoying some downtime before he goes on to find himself a long-term home. His name is Louts Pond, and he is already working his way into my heart. He is currently having a course of Detox Gold, to help him decompress and settle into his new lifestyle here. Some horses just capture your heart, and this boy has certainly done that. I have a sneaky feeling he might not go anywhere just yet!

I also have a lovely little mare here who is in for rehoming. Her name is Blodwen (flower in Welsh). She is a well-bred little mare who is proving that she can turn her hoof to anything.

Silmi and JT are enjoying semi-retirement and are busy doing their job as lawnmowers at the moment! All in all, it’s been a very positive month and I'm really looking forward to getting back to some form of normality.

 

I'll look forward to updating everyone next month once we've been out and about eventing!