11 Jul Alex Holman
It’s been all change since my last blog…
Following Alfie’s injury I decided to leave my job at Charlotte Agnew’s and move back home, with a plan to do some freelance riding/grooming. Sadly Alfie was far from settled at Char’s (busy event) yard and was totally wild for his hand walking, and this would’ve continued to be a problem if we’d stayed there, so we have now moved to a perfect, quiet yard where he is unbelievably calm and well-behaved, so hopefully the leg is healing well!
The move has also allowed me to really make the most of the extra time I have with being at home and having an injured top horse, as I have been extremely busy with freelancing and setting myself up with several exciting horses to ride! I have really enjoyed working for Kiwi rider Lucy Jackson and her lovely team of people and horses recently, despite several early mornings to get over to the yard in time.
Alongside Alfs, I currently have 2 other full liveries: Sue Wynn Jones’ 6yo “Gerry”, and Mel & Robert Puddick’s 6yo “Apples”, both of whom I am very excited about. Gerry has been with my dressage trainer Jake Taylor learning how to point his toes, and I’ve now taken over to teach him the ropes of jumping & eventing, which is so far going extremely well. He has been out SJ twice jumping really well, and loved his first taste of XC last weekend. Apples is significantly less experienced than Gerry, but he is well-bred and a really nice type of horse, so I’m hopeful that after further education and strengthening he’ll be a star too!
I also have 3 other rides that I’ve taken on in the last 2 weeks, and all being well 2 of them will be out eventing over the rest of the year, so that’s potentially 4 horses for me to get out competing! Certainly keeping myself busy…
Everything crossed for a good rest of the season – and for some rain so I can run all of these horses!