Tanya Buckingham begins her 2019 Eventing Season!
After a long winter of training, building up fitness and actually enjoying the freakish weather we are finally back out eventing and it’s blinking brilliant!
You forget how exciting it is to gallop around a cross country course after a long off season!
I have to say that for once we haven’t had a winter of slogging from one indoor to another, standing around in the freezing cold waiting to jump a class of BS, and then waiting hours to jump another horse! The crazy British weather this winter meant we could do most of the jump schooling at home in the outdoor…go xc schooling on grass in December and January, and make the most of our amazing hills we have around the yard to get the horses fit!
They have also for the first time had winter turn out! All of this has made for happy horses and a bit of an easier life for their human slaves!!!
I have however been doing quite a lot of dressage…with the highlight being a 4th place in the medium gold regional dressage champs on Candy ( luckily no Re run of the Blenheim dressage disaster!). Stan has also had a few days hunting with the Bloodhounds to try and slim him down a bit as he has wintered very well!!
Now to the exciting bit….Eventing!!
I decided to not enter too early just incase the weather turned …and right on cue it sure did…luckily we haven’t been too affected yet and my plan of waiting till yesterday to go out might have payed off! Great Witchingham is a long drive (5hrs ) and some people might think we were mad to travel that far for the first run of the year but I knew the ground would be good and the course is lovely!
Candy didn’t let me down..we did a solid test and a lovely steady double clear to finish 6th in the international section cci** short … she is feeling and looking amazing and fingers crossed the rest of the season will go as well…
The other horses will be starting in the next few weeks so I will keep you posted on how they get on!
Lastly, I was so thrilled to be selected to be part of the Millbry Hill team once again, and as always want to say a big thank you for the support!