Hi everyone, Chuffy here.
What difficult times we are all facing for this year, I hope you are all managing to stay safe and occupied at the moment. I can honestly say I haven’t been struggling too much with isolation as I love my home and my horses so being able to spend more quality time has been really lovely. I will admit now that the sunshine has gone and I’m starting to come to the end of the “To-Do List” my enthusiasm and motivation has dropped significantly.
Something that has perked me up was receiving my beautiful new Belts, and they are the perfect colours for the summer. I then had a go at a virtual shoot with my close friend Jen DeBerigny, we put together a few cute outfits and had a really good time coming up with some different shots. Heres a look at the final results:
I highly recommend doing something like this if you’re struggling to find a reason to put anything other then trackies on, why not get a little made up and feel good about yourself right now!
Settling down into home life with all competitions on hold has meant I have been able to focus on what I want to do with each horse. For the more experienced ones on the yard - being the likes of Dirk, Bubbles and Clarke they are all reasonably sensible so are being kept ticking over. I am doing some school work with them, including dressage days and pole work with different cavaletti workouts to keep things fresh. See an example of one of my exercises:
So far, they have been working very well. I try and vary the scenery as much as possible, taking them to the fields and trotting them up and down the wonderful hills we are lucky to have at our base here in Surrey. Along with being great for their brains, this is also excellent strengthening work for them without getting them too fit.
Looking at our younger group of horses - I have recently re-backed 3 of my 4YOs Candy, Ivor & Iris. Ivor is a full brother to our 6YO Morelands G-Vine (Gus), who had a successful tour jumping the age classes out in Spain earlier on in the year - pre-lockdown. Morelands Hero (Hugo) has just come back into work, after a more extended holiday then planned (thanks Corona). He was supposed to be coming in for the start of eventing, which of course sadly didn’t happen, and we are all still waiting to see how that will pan out. He is such a friendly, nice horse to have on the yard and looks like a good event type. They have all behaved very well and look to be exciting ones for the when this is all over.
I feel so lucky and grateful at the moment to be based where we are and have lots of lovely land to ride around, which is safe and a perfect a playground for the horses. It also provides great daily turnout for the horses on the yard and holiday turnout for our youngstock and retired ones.
All in all, that is the roundup of my news from the last couple of months during lockdown. It is nearly impossible for anyone to plan right now and for the moment I am taking things as they come. As I write I have seen the sad news that one of my favourite local venues, Hickstead, have cancelled their big 5* show in July which is devastating for all involved, and gutting for Dirk as it’s his favourite party to go to. And then I have got the equally sad news that Blenheim Horse Trails has also had to cancel, completely understandable decision but I shall be sorry not to be able to ride around at that beautiful park.
What keeps me going the most is knowing that we’ve got so many amazing people out there working night and day to save lives. We are incredibly lucky to have the NHS, so I just wanted to do something to put a smile on some of their faces and say thank you to all those workers. With my Mum we came up with the idea to lay some poles out and make a fun video with my miniatures, please check it out on my socials!
Let’s hope May brings us some more sunshine as that makes everything seem much better.
In the meantime, I hope everyone stays safe and well and enjoys some downtime.