Hilary Martin & Rocky
I was lucky enough to meet Hannah at Offchurch Bury early in March 2016 whilst I was there supporting my daughters competing and was absolutely amazed at her courage and determination. When I heard about the Wobbleberries challenge the prospect seemed incredibly daunting but I could just not stop thinking about Hannah and when I had met her and thought I have just go to do this.
I do not have my own horse but I help keep my daughters horses fit with just hacking them. My youngest daughter Emily has a wonderful event horse called Rocky on loan from Freddie O'Donald. When I asked Freddie if he would consider letting me ride Rocky for the challenge he was incredibly supportive and did not hesitate in telling me to go for it!
Our training has been slow to get going, I do try and ride regularly but that in itself is a big challenge I work full time and its a mad dash to the stables after work at 4pm to get some riding in, my great friend Caroline has been a huge help, getting Rocky in from the field and having him tacked up ready for me so we can make the most of the light.
The hacking has been lovely, I really enjoy it, however leaving the ground has been an entirely different story! We started with trying to pop the odd log in the woods and my main focus was not to shut my eyes and stay on! I did jump in my teens but was never terribly good and it is a VERY long time ago. I managed to get round a pairs hunter trial with my friend Rachel a few years back but it took a considerable amount of port to get me on board!
Last Sunday I finally went to a Riding club show jumping clinic with Susie Pilbeam, I was shaking so much but she was brilliant gave me some great tips and we managed a double of all of 70 cm! But we did it and I felt just a little bit more confident. Rocky was amazing he just looked after me and kept a steady canter on the approach to the fence. After landing he was getting a bit excited but I just have to sit up and kick on. My next plan is to jump a whole course, there is just the small problem of being able to remember the whole course, the jumps seem to come up so quickly and there is so much to think about and remember to do all at the same time.
My date is set March 5th at Aston Le Walls and it would appear I am going to be one of the first Wobbleberries to attempt the challenge. I must say I don't relish the prospect very much and I am very nervous but the lovely Rocky has another job to do so it has to be this early in the season, it also gives me less time to chicken out too! I have something planned every weekend between now and then its practice, practice, practice. The messages of support on the facebook page have really buoyed me up, they are such a supportive enthusiastic group, the camaraderie has been invaluable to me.
My fundraising is progressing well, £330 so far with a target of £750, many have said they will sponsor more if they can come and watch so maybe I can get over target which would be fantastic, would be lovely just to be able to do this just quietly under the radar but that wont raise as much and this challenge is all about me raising as much as I can and just getting round.
Our First Wobbleberry to enter a BE80(T) for her Challenge.
We would like to wish Hilary & Rocky the best of luck in their Challenge and for flying the flag for the Wobbleberries. Have fun and stay safe.
Follow their progress on our blog page.