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Our season starts this Saturday at Moreton in Dorset where we are taking two horses, if the weather behaves! There’s plenty of rain forecast.

Bloomfield Tiger Two and Bonmahon Blue Mist are two super young horses that will both run in the novice prior to contesting the CIC*at Aldon, and then Tattersalls CCI*.

The Ladies Club own Bloomfield Tiger Two and they have such a great time when they come to events. Bonmahon Blue Mist is a horse I am particularly excited about. He progressed really nicely last season and he’s come on this winter, having had plenty of showjumping practise.

Hopefully this season we will take off where we left it last season. We’ve been working hard all winter to keep the momentum going. Ros Morgan has been fantastic providing lots of help with the showjumping and I’ve continued my dressage training with Adam Kemp.

We’ve been using Pontispool’s new all-weather gallop to help with the horses’ fitness and it’s been fantastic. It’s very versatile, it's gentle enough to introduce a young horse to galloping yet it has enough of a pull to get the advanced horses working. The surface is fantastic, the horses stay on top of it and seem really enjoy it.

I’ll have ten horses to event this season, which is a nice number to have without it all becoming stressful. Anymore, and it becomes really hard work. You start cutting corners, and it impacts on results. They are all very good horses that should be novice level or above by the middle of the season.

I rode nine horses this morning before a quick bite to eat and then an afternoon of shoeing but its nothing more than I am used to and it all helps with fitness.

Our routine on our yard is probably a little bit different to others as it revolves around my shoeing and there are some advantages and disadvantages being based where we are. We’re really flat so we have to travel to to do hill work, but we are very close to the M5 which really helps with transport Within five minutes we’re on the motorway and on our way.

My two top two horses Redpath Ransom and Zagreb will start their eventing season at Aldon in the intermediate. Then they go to Belton and Burnham Market for the CIC3* before, fingers crossed, they go to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials which will be my first time competing there. It’s very exciting.

Tomorrow, they are both having their first outing since the autumn at the dressage regionals at Summerhouse. They’ll be competing in the advanced medium and I think they will be very excited to be out, which might upset the dressage horses! But there will be lots of atmosphere, which is a great start to the season before we knuckle down to the serious stuff!

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