After a really busy season it’s been nice to take a moment to catch a breath. Our Last competition was Hickstead CDI 3* which I was lucky enough again to be selected as one of the GBR Nations Cup team members.
It was a really exciting show as both the GBR and the Danish team were within a point of each other till the end; GB were just pipped to the post, and were happy to receive 2nd place. Rubins Nite put in two strong performances, I was delighted he had kept his form till the end of the season.
After Hickstead Caroline [Griffith - World Class Podium Potential Dressage Coordinator] had arranged a performance planning meeting for me with Nick Burton. We watched the video of my Grand Prix test from Hickstead while Nick talked me through it and gave his judges opinion on the test. This was an invaluable meeting, being able to walk through the test as it were, with a judge and pick up on where I lost and could gain more marks within my tests. This has also given me focused pointers in my training to work on to improve for the next competition.Thank you again to the World Class for providing this support.
Since then we have been winding down a little, organising the next half of the year and allowing the boys and myself to have a well earned break. This has allowed me to catch up with my all important sponsors, who are invaluable to my success, so its really nice to spend some time with them. We had a film crew at the yard to film for an advert for TopSpec my feed company sponsors, it was a fun afternoon, riding and doing interviews. Will look forward to seeing the advert!
It also gave them the chance to check the horses and access there feeding regime, to check that they are at the peak of their performance.
We have also had a visit from my saddle sponsors Ideal who I have been working with developing a new saddle, it is quite amazing what a difference a saddle makes to a horse’s performance, and Squeaky loves it, feels and looks even better. Looking forward to the finished product!
While having a lovely holiday in France with my fiance and friends, I found out I had received a wild card for the Grand Prix at the National Championships. I love competing at the Nationals the atmosphere and the support from the crowd is an amazing feeling, then we are off to Saumur CDI3* straight after the Nationals.
Since writing the blog, Hayley competed at the British Dressage National Championships on Saturday 19 September and took third in the Grand Prix class, she took to twitter to say;