Hey fellow isolators! …and to all the key workers which I have no doubt are working their butts off – we are all hugely grateful! I hope you’re all managing to stay safe, keep your spirits up and your thoughts positive in these super unfamiliar times!
I thought I would give you a little insight to the ‘goings on’ at Team Tic Toc during Lockdown! Understandably, many of our competitions have had to be cancelled and we really have no idea when things shall return to some sort of ‘normal’. So what do we do?
I am lucky enough to have the yard based at my home in Staffordshire where I have access to my arena, many fields, a grass canter track and quiet roads. As we aren’t able to go out competing; we have decreased the intensity of the horses work but have kept them ‘ticking over’ for their fitness and health. I have a new member to the team this year, Harry (Eternal Tango von der Held), so it’s a great chance for us to really establish our partnership.
Some of you may have seen Ben (Tilston Tic Toc) and I taking part in the ‘Virtual Eventing’ competition that happened at the beginning of May! Now THAT was a lot of fun, for us and hopefully for you guys that were watching! Didn’t have a chance to see it? Then don’t worry, everything can be found of the ‘Virtual Eventing’ Page and website. Although dressage is literally Benjamins least favourite phase, I can’t deny it was really nice to be able to fetch my tails out of the wardrobe, put on my white stock and breeches, my posh dressage boots & of course my Daltons Metallic Bedara Belt to accessorise. We definitely felt the part!
My little terrier Yogi got to participate in the ‘Cross Country’ phase of the ‘Virtual Event’ too! This meant he got to show off his new Coxcroft Lead & Collar which also matched my Polo Belt! He looked SO smart and very cute – 100% stole the show!
One of the good things about having more time spent at home is that we are able to give the yard a real good belated spring clean; new fencing has gone up, new paddocks have been made and we have just started painting some stables with first on the list being foaling box! Our mare Twinnow (Willow) is currently in foal with a Ramiro B baby which is super exciting and as we will be expecting the new arrival soon it is all systems go to get it ready! She is hee-huge!!
The British weather has a profound reputation for not being the best but I think you will all agree it isn’t doing too badly for us so far and fingers crossed it keeps up! I don’t know about you but it is definitely helping me to look on the brighter side of things… For now, love to all, catch up soon!
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