INTRODUCTION TO ME

So, I thought I would begin my first blog with an introduction to myself and my Equine team mates. My name is Vicky, I have a BSc Hons Degree in Equine Sport Science and am currently competing at intermediate level in British Eventing.

 

 

 I first began riding when I was 4 years old at my local riding school, despite being from a completely non-horsey background. My parents bought me my first pony at the age of 10 where I then joined my local pony club and found my love for jumping. Other than my lessons at pony club rallies, I was pretty much self taught and travelled around to my local un affiliated competitions with the support of my parents - completely oblivious to the affiliated world, and having no idea that eventing was even a sport that I could compete in!

 When was 24 I discovered British Eventing while studying my Degree at Lincoln University. It was being at university around people who were so passionate about their horses and competition that inspired me to be better. This was when I realised that I  needed to invest more time into myself and my horses’ training.  In 2012 I did my first BE80, and in 6 seasons I have reached intermediate level; something which I never thought was possible.

 

Now, each season I set myself small realistic goals in the hopes that I can achieve them.

 

MY TEAM MATES

 

Entertainer

 

 

Entertainer aka ‘Big Lad’ 17.2 10yo KWPN. I purchased Entertainer from Tanya Bridgeman Eventing in 2013 as a 4yo with the Intention of competing in the BYEH Series.

After a few attempts at the BYEH series I decided it wasn't for me (missing the XC element) and went down the British Eventing 4yo qualifying route instead. On our first time out at Stafford Horse Trails Entertainer qualified for the 4yo Championships held at Osberton in the October. This was only my second season eventing and his first. I was totally starstruck by the ability of the professional riders and was nowhere near the ability level of those I was up against, but  I didn't care and was just proud to have got that far.

By 6yo Entertainer was competing at novice level, with dressage and cross country always being our strongest phases. Entertainer between ages 6-8 took some time to grow and became much stronger in himself , therefore we sat at that level for a while we learned to become a team, and I worked on the skills we needed before it was safe to step up the levels.

In 2017 Entertainer completed his First International competition (CIC1*) at Great Whitchingham as an 8yo. 2018 was our best season yet. My goal for last season was to complete just one Intermediate Competition. We successfully reached out goal by not only completing one but four Intermediate runs, all four of which were clear in the cross country Phase. Entertainer is a big, bold, powerful horse who very much enjoys his job. I would like to think he has even more to give in this sport.

 

Schrodinger

 

Schrodinger aka ‘Dinger’ 16.3 5yo Warmblood. Purchased as an unbroken 4yo from an Event rider. I broke Dinger in July of 2018 and he was going very well with lovely paces and a brave attitude towards his jumping, I was extremely excited about him. Unfortunately due to a previous field injury Dinger had to have surgery in November which has set us back slightly. However that is hopefully all in the past now and he is back in work with dressage competitions planned.

Dinger is a very Exciting Prospect for the 2019 Season and I cant wait to get going with him when he is ready.

 

Hopes for 2019..

My first goal for 2019 is to take Entertainer to Chatsworth Horse Trials. It is one of my favourite venues and one that I have yet to take him to. I would also like to complete a CIC3*S and maybe even an advanced on Entertainer. Schrodinger I would like to get out at BE90 in the early summer and would like to aim for a 5YO/BE100 Class at some point towards the end of the 2019 Season. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for us!