Melaney’s Blog

After a quiet few months, September was quite busy and seemed to go in a flash!

For the past eight years I have volunteered at Blenheim Horse Trials, which I am lucky to live just down the road from. It really is a lovely event and great to be part of the action as well as being very well looked after. I volunteer on the XC crossing points every year but there are so many roles available, I really do recommend it.

After Skye’s short break we went to our local competition venue to compete in the Blue Chip Winter Championship Discovery Qualifier. Skye jumped very well and I think she was just pleased to be to back out jumping even though the weather was awful. Sadly she did roll a pole but nevertheless I was still pleased with how she jumped. There are still some more qualifying classes throughout the winter so we will have another go at a later date.

As well as being a keen showjumper I am also a committee member for my local riding club, West Oxfordshire, and spent quite a lot of spare weekends helping/organising competitions. A couple of weeks ago we had the exciting news that we had been shortlisted for the Horse & Hound Riding Club of the Year which resulted in a small feature in Horse & Hound.

It means quite a lot to us and especially for everyone who volunteers and gives up their spare time to help at competitions. The four shortlisted clubs are invited to the awards ball at Cheltenham Racecourse on the 8th November and I am one of the lucky ones attending. I am looking forward to being able to dress up and hopefully share a few cocktails with some of the professionals.

We have a few competitions coming up and at the start of November we are taking part in the area riding club Arena Eventing qualifier which I am looking forward too. We haven’t jumped a XC fence in three years since focusing on pure showjumping so let’s hope we can still remember how to jump skinnies!

Mel x