Unlucky? Not sure did fall off my horse , but it was at Aintree International Equestrian Centre, in the middle of the world famous Aintree racecourse, I had gone clear through the 1st phase and the fall was due to pilot error, I was in 2 minds – very normal, sometimes 3- about the best way to the next fence , so didn’t aim properly for the current fence, landed on my posterior- bum- and bruised my coccyx- tail bone-however no lasting damage, not even to my ego , I was pragmatic about my chances and had gone over my expectations, so had Nicky on Shannon so she was over the moon, and keen to try again, she wasn’t feeling well – her RA playing up and nervous and wanted to get over the 1st fence, Shannon is not an easy ride at the moment, well she did and several more. As for Rhys and Lucy Moores- it certainly wasn’t unlucky for them, Rhys went flying round on Rio in 23.21 seconds, which looked beatable, it was but only by 2 others and 1st went to Lucy on ‘Spencer’ with a time of 22.91, there were nearly 100 competitors in the class, so it was brilliant riding, both horses from my home stables, Lucy bought hers through us, and Rhys trained Rio up from an excitable 3 year old stallion to a still excitable 5 year old gelding with talent, scope and a great future, all his training is with the boss and Rhys.

Luck changed then , the next class was 1.05m open and boy was it open , the competitors ranged from Rhys, S.A. and me to Ellen Whitaker- she is ranked in the Top 20 in the world , she had for company her father Steven and John Whitaker, yes the one who is ranked in the Top 10 , he was there on the ground, she was I think giving a youngster experience, so only got 3rd out of again , nearly 100.

It was 2 phase , again, I lost my nerve temporarily at the 1st fence , then flew it and #2 so well , said ok , by which time I was passed #3, on my way round Aintree racecourse, and eliminated for 2 refusals, well one and a circle. Rhys went in and had only 1 down #7 , he thinks maybe his fault, he was trying to settle Rio , who was jumping superbly but getting quicker and he  just got the stride wrong.  Simon A  started a bit rocky but him and Dollar , suddenly changed gear after #3 and he went round really positively and well, probably his best round as before he went round he was bricking it- yes I kid you not , he was carrying breeze blocks- solids around, just because it was a bit higher than he was expecting, we both thought  “ bloody hell its enormous” well it was for us. But Lady Luck hadn’t deserted us, we survived.



Hi Readers why did I add Dilbert, well I consider the comics as insane as I am, the humour is definitlely in my league, though I couldn't sustain it every day, as the author Scott Adams does, that level of insanity needs practice , ho hum.  Its good to have a laugh after riding, you don't feel the pain as strongly.


Things have been rolling along nicely recently, apart that is from the belly virus doing its rounds and the bloody appalling weather, I have managed a beach ride twice, the 2nd noteable for Rio taking an unofficial swim on new years day and dunking Rhys at the same time, i am happy to report that as well as giving me immense satisfaction at there look , niether was harmed and Rhys was wet but high on the joy of it for hours afterwards.

I managed to go hunting last week , an eventfull time , I hated charging down hill towards the sea and Tria found the going on the steep slopes a massive challenge, we with drew before the end, I love her too much to hurt her needlessly. Ironically we actually saw a fox tearing across a couple of fields , the master Tony Beardsley knowing of my love of tearing down towards the sea invited me to lead the pursuit, nice to have a master with a sense of humour, we were recovering  at the time and the hounds were trained for drag hunting and couldn't have cared less about reynards presence, so it was just a visual spectacle,

Getting geared up physically and mentally now for our assault on Aintree, yes we are , no of course we are not ,running in the Grand National, we are both far to dignified - and bloody petrified- to take on jumps that large, no we are aiming for the new Indoor Equestrian centre recently opened there, it's BSJA Novice for us and maybe if things go well a crack at the 1.05m open, we are adventuring, or bloody insane- report soon- the psychiatrist has been evaluating me for years, initially as to how much I could afford his fees and now as he would like to publish and he is digging around in any old rubbish bin for material.