Well not sure where to begin. Elliott went to the Hannah Francis ODE with my wonderful friend and trainer Naomi Carter. I couldn't have been more pleased, they did the 70 cm class as I was hoping I would be riding! It couldn't have started any better with a 26.5 dressage followed by a clear show jumping. Watching them jump the Kicking Cancers Butt jump just brought a tear to my eyes. Headed out to the cross country, this was a bit of an unknown area for us as we didn't know what he had done xc wise, it was obvious he had done something by the way his ears pricked up as they headed out on the course. Off they set, they had a cheeky little run out which Naomi put down to greenness but other than that flew and went clear, even with a run out they finished 13th so feeling very grateful and optimistic for the future.
Following this he came home and had about a week off to settle into his new surroundings. I lunged a couple of times and then someone from the yard hacked him out a couple of times a week for me. She said he was well behaved.
Last Friday on the 10th August, 2 months exactly to me having my accident (10th June) I was given the all clear from the hospital to start light hacking again, music to my ears. Under strict instructions not to jump or take any chances for a few more weeks (swelling still not gone completely) I left feeling very excited but also very nervous. I had to wait another 2 days before getting on board as didn't want to go out on my own, so Sunday and Monday rode out in company and Tuesday rode out on my own, big brave pants or what? Have ridden again today in company and must say find him very different to my old horse but am slowly starting to get used to him. We are going to take things very slowly with just hacking out for a few weeks and then in the middle of September we are off to riding club camp at Stockland Lovell but will be only doing flatwork and poles.
I am confident the horse is capable of doing this challenge, now just need to sort myself out but feel sure that will come with time.
I feel really sad by the fact that we have had to sit out most of this year and not make use of my wonderful Leroy and Bongo planner, will have to put one on my xmas list for next year!