Tamsin Cooper & Little Early Broomy Bay

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I started this challenge intending to complete it on my Mum's home bred horse that me and my sister broke in. I pushed myself to get out and have lessons and compete and joined the riding club. My family and friends all followed Hannah's blog. It stirred many emotions within me as I have two daughters that ride and compete and a son the same age as Hannah. Every time I got down I thought of Hannah and I got a grip and pushed myself more. Unfortunately my horse Hero ruptured his check ligament in March and was on 12 weeks box rest. I had entered an 80 cm two day event in a team with my riding club at the end of May and I was devastated. I wanted to carry on the Wobbleberry training and decided to take my daughter's pony instead. I soon realised that if I could do some flat work training and I could keep her fit I could do the challenge on her. In fact it would be an amazing opportunity for her to bow out after this competition as she is a one a million pony that loves to compete and I could learn so much from this fiery pocket rocket but is 22 years old, not that you would know from her attitude to life. So we went off to the two day and had the best weekend ever. Finishing 10th in my section with a 33 dressage, 16 faults sj and a clear xc. It felt good. I asked my riding club if I could be in the 80 Area team at Moreton on the 18th of June and thought this would be an excellent practice run. They said there was no space but one of the girls in my two day team gave up her place for me as she knew how much I had improved and wanted to keep going. I decided to look at possible dates for my challenge as soon as possible. I entered Tweseldown on the 8th July. I ended up 2nd in the Area competition with a 26.8 dressage and a double clear inside the time so qualified for the Nationals in August!!!! So off to Tweseldown I went. What a lovely helpful bunch of people everyone involved was. I could have been a bit more focused in the dressage and nerves got to me for a score of 34.5. I was soooo nervous for the show jumping as these were proper jumps on grass in a busy environment. Managed 2 down and 1 time fault. Now was the fun bit. I was focused for the xc and the course walk for the 80T competitors in the morning was absolutely brilliant. Well what can I say. We stormed around the xc 1 sec inside the time to finish on 43.5 and came 15th in our section. I can not thank Hannah enough for setting up her charity to inspire us to take up the Wobbleberry challenge. I have met some amazing new friends on my journey and am now going to help others compete their challenge. I am also going to continue my journey on my now sound horse and use my experience to compete more 80 courses with my heart set on moving up to 90 at the end of next season. I feel privileged to have been part of this amazing charity and so happy to have raised some money to help bone cancer sufferers. #kickingcancersbutt

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