11 Oct Lauren Wilson
So, what a summer. It has certainly been jam packed with me riding between 8 and 12 horses most days. I’m so privileged to ride such amazing horses for multiple different owners. Its so inspiring to see the young horses progressing and just as great to hop on the schoolmasters for a little play.
Polly has progressed very quickly over the summer and is showing a great aptitude for picking things up easily. She has gone from BE90 to BE100+ level in just two months and has been in the top ten in three out of her four events. We will be contesting our first Novice together at the end of this week at the lovely Broadway Horse Trials. I feel immensely lucky that I have been trusted with the ride on this pony as she has so much potential. Next year we will aim to consolidate at Novice and hopefully compete in a 1* or two. She has such an exciting future ahead of her and I can’t wait to see how far she goes!
Ben pony has had a relatively quiet summer due to the hard ground but has managed a smattering of outings in the show ring and hasn’t come home empty handed. A real highlight for us was competing in our first RIHS qualifier at Moreton Show where we came a respectable 5th out of 18 entrants. He’s now enjoying a little bit of time off getting fluffy and fat in the field before really gearing up for an exciting year next year.
Its so nice to have a smaller number of horses to continue riding now that university has started again. I’m now in my third year so will be working mostly on my dissertation which is looking at the genetic advancements in eventing which is a subject that I’m really interested in. We just have two events of the season left and then the horses will be enjoying a little break before really knuckling down over the winter months to improve as much as possible before the next season begins.