Whew! What a busy few weeks it has been for me – I haven’t stopped to take a breath! Lots happening at the moment so grab a quick cuppa and I’ll fill you in…
After two years of fun, I made the difficult decision to find Betsey a new home. After everything she has done for me over our two years together, I didn’t feel right putting further pressure on her with my plans to focus primarily on Eventing, and I felt she belonged in a home where she could give someone as much confidence and fun as she had given me. She has now found an amazing home – more amazing than I could ever have imagined or hoped for – and will no doubt give endless fun and confidence to her new owner. As they are local I get to keep in touch and see their progress – a bonus!
I achieved more than I ever could imagine on Betsey over our two years together – my first ODE, my first PLACING in an ODE, qualifying for Dressage Ireland National Winter Finals in just two outings, a whopper 78% in our first Prelim dressage test, and above all else just teaching me a tonne about how to ride PROPERLY and care for a horse correctly. I feel really pleased that not only did we have a lot of fun together, but that I always did right by her and ultimately found her the best home I possibly could.
… And Hello Paddy!
Well, you didn’t think I was going to take a break from horses now, did you?! I began my search for my next Eventer around the same time as I decided to find a new home for Betsey, and didn’t anticipate finding one that would fit the bill so soon! Meet Paddy – a rising 6 year old Gelding with both ISH Cruising and KWPN Lux Z in his bloodlines. We know he’s got the breeding to be a star, and he’s already proving himself to be a super talented jumper – before I bought him he was out regularly competing up to 1.10m with good results.
Above all else I wanted a good temperament – a clever horse with a trainable nature. I got that in spades with Paddy – just a week in and I can already see that I’m going to have to work hard to keep him guessing as he’s very clever, and he remembers everything I have taught him from previous sessions!
Much of our focus over the next few weeks will be getting to know each other – there’s lots of work to be done on the flat, and I need to learn what buttons he has and how to press them. We haven’t even thought about cross-country yet!
I am really looking forward to our journey together, and sharing it with all of you!