Jessica’s Blog

Homi and myself have been kept busy with various outings. Firstly we ventured out to Warwick Hall BE schooling with a friend. We haven’t been here before so Homi thought he was at a pony party.

He soon settled to jump the 80’s nicely, giving me the confidence to tackle some 90 fences. I needn’t have worried as Homi showed me the ropes and behaved like a gent. Hopefully our next x country outing will be around Frenchfield in September

This was followed by a trip to our local show, Gilsland. Here Homi competed in 2 classes, coming away with a win and reserve champion ex racehorse, qualifying us to compete at the Ingliston Grand Slam in September, and a 3rd in the veteran class.

Our next outing was a charity dressage competition organised by a good friend in aid of Starlight children’s charity which allows terminally ill children to have a once in a lifetime treat.

The event was a huge success and raised in excess of £1,500. We took part in an individual intro warm up test to come 3rd and then competed in the prelim test for the teams competition. Also coming away with 3rd place out of 8 teams with some good scores. He really has come on in the last 12 months with this phase.

At the start of August we ventured south, to my hometown of Newark, to see family and friends. We had lots planned, starting with the Grove & Rufford Amble Ride on Tuesday evening, kindly hosted by the Bealby family at Broomhill Grange.

Here we crossed streams, jumped and cantered through some beautiful country. Homi certainly loved the stubble fields and long canters. Wednesday saw him have a physio session with Samantha Bardill which he loved, almost falling on the floor. With a clean bill of health, Thursday saw Homi take my cousin for a ride around a new area, once again being the gentleman.

Following a busy week, he had a few days off over the weekend off whilst I caught up with friends at Lowther Country Fair, cheering on some working hunter competitors, watching the carriage driving competition and spending time with my beloved hounds.

I flew back down to Newark for a few more days of relaxing hacks whilst I could before I started my new job on 20th August. Since then it’s been all go and has been a quiet few days for Homi other than working on our fitness ready for the upcoming hunt season which is just round the corner.

September promises to be another busy month with the last few shows of the season and then on to Camp and the Grand Slam.

Enjoy the warm sunny evenings as they are soon drawing in and will be gone before we know it.

Jess and Homi x