05 May Jenna Hastings
Posted at 09:00h
Sorry for my absence the last 10 weeks but I have been incredibly hectic and didn’t realise it had been so long since my last blog. Training is nearly complete and in 4 days I will know if I’m a fully qualified mounted police officer – scary stuff! The last few weeks have been amazing with lots of different experiences which means I have a good grounding to take over to Gloucester. I have been riding lots of different horses, had a couple of tumbles, ridden out on the road in uniform, took part in public order training but riding through fire has to be the most surreal experience ever!
During all of this I’ve had to travel over to Gloucester on my rest days to find somewhere for Trusty and I to live but luckily Mum came home from Kenya to help me house hunt at the weekend. I’ve found a really nice place for myself in Ross On Wye and Trusty is moving into a yard nearby that also happens to be fellow Teqnoxer Alex Holman’s new base, so it will be a real bonus to have him on site.
I can’t wait to share my experience over in Gloucester with you and hopefully I’ll be back up training again with my ginger one. We managed to fit some jump training in today for the first time in a long while and although we’re both a little rusty, it’s all coming back together nicely. I also think it’s been good for Trusty to have a bit of a break but I am excited to get going again. Looking forward to updating you all again soon.
So I can finally reveal to you all that I’ve successfully been recruited as a Mounted Police Officer with Gloucester Police! I’m very excited as you can imagine and I’m hoping to be able to share my journey with you. I’ve just finished my first week of training down with the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch in preparation for my move to Gloucestershire. It was very sad saying goodbye to all my Hertfordshire buddies but I’ll be staying in touch and I’m still living in Herts at the moment as well.
Commuting every day to Imber Court is a bit of a killer with having to do the horses in the morning – who knew there was another 4:00 in the day when eventing wasn’t on the cards! It’s been great though and to be able to ride every day as part of my job is so exciting. This has been my dream job ever since I thought about joining the police some 10 years ago but I don’t think I actually saw myself being successful in achieving it so it’s all a little surreal at the moment.
Sadly we are having to compromise quite a lot as this training course is 12 weeks long, working 4 days and 6 days on alternate weeks; then there is the move to Gloucestershire to factor in so competing any time soon has very much been put on the back burner. I’ve been very lucky to find a sharer who can ride Trusty twice a week whilst I’m on my course which is helping keep him ticking over but he’s very much on the chill out at the moment! The lorry is being sold as it’s co-owned and I’m not too sure with finances as to how long it’ll be before I have some more transport to get out and about. That’s the joys of horses though and it’ll all get figured out eventually, it just might be a bit of a quiet year this year on that front! I can’t pass up this opportunity to have my dream job though and I hope I’ll have lots of exciting updates and things to share with you along the way.