21 February 2016

Spring / Summer 2016 Motivation

I finally got round to buying some photos of Jonty and I showing at Dorset County Show last year from Jay Photos. They arrived in the post this week, a decent size at 12x8”. I’ve framed a few for Mother’s Day and one for my house. The colour and features are so clear – as well as my ever growing laughter lines!

These photos are my motivation to get through the next few months of what feels like a never ending winter of rain, wind and knee deep mud!

Jonty strutting his stuff - such a handsome boy...

Strange faces of determination..

Relieved is the word...

The focus this year will be on Jonty as my other horse Barley is sadly still recovering from his tendon op. That’s a whole other story and one not for publishing in public. So, it will be down to Jonty to pave the way for Team Wren this season. However, there’s still a lot to do before we even get to an event this spring, but the photos from Dorset County Show remind me that anything is possible and hardwork pays off – he looks stunning strutting his stuff. Butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth!

There’s never a dull moment with Jonty – I could write a book about his antics. At Dorset County Show he was pulled in second but then asked to leave as he threw a wobbly when the dray horses went by. Pretty understandable, but very frustrating. He then went on and jumped a near perfect working hunter round in his other class, apart from a few rolled poles. If I’m honest I was just relieved to get him round.

And this weekend he totally took me by surprise and decided to get down and roll in the mud whilst on a ride! There were quite a few choice words, I have never dismounted so quickly. Not quite sure how I wasn’t crushed or the saddle damaged. As I say, there’s never a dull moment with Jonty around and I can’t wait to have more adventures with this talented horse and see how far we can progress in our showing, dressage, show jumping and eventing. We like to mix up our events to keep everyone on their toes. Makes life more interesting. 


  1. Ha ha, oh wow! Can't believe he rolled out on a ride! What a scamp! (to put it politely!) You both look fabulous in these, I am sure you'll have a great season this year too. Lovely to look back to help you think about going forward. xx

    1. Thanks Anna. Yes he was a little monkey. Never had that happen before & hopefully never again. Fingers crossed we'll brush up for our season. xx