Hey everyone,

 

So I am home from a great 10 days away in France....Saint Lo and Caen were two very nice indoor shows held in Normandy region in France. Famous for their cider wine, fruit and cheese, we were spoilt with all three, for the ten days. Of course also plenty of champagne!

Bella jumped amazing, proving he still has it without his balls! In Saint Lo he was quite fresh, but because he was jumping so well he qualified for the jump offs and by the end of Caen he certainly was starting to feel more quiet. I felt the courses in Saint Lo were alittle bigger and more difficult but the lights in Caen were more spooky and the atmosphere bigger. Both shows proved a perfect preparation for the rest of Bella's indoor season. Now I have three, 4 star shows in the next 6 weeks and I have my fingers crossed to jump Mechelan 5 star over Christmas.

On other news, I recently had a call from Mattia in Equiline Italia in a sponsorship deal to join their team. I am very excited about this opportunity having always loved their gear since my first show in Arezzo, Italy. Equline have a great range of very high Quality clothes and equipment for riders and horses. Please take the time to have a look at the web site and support them. This week in CSI Liege, is Bella and my first show wearing our new outfit and I'll be sure to upload some great photos soon.

A special thank you to a new friend of mine, I finally got to meet in France, Daniel. Daniel is a professional photographer and he was kind enough to pay special attention to Bella and I in France, putting plenty of great shots on Facebook! Daniel also has many strong connections with breeders and riders in Normandy, I really appreciate all his help during our stay.

While I have busy away with Bella, the young horses at home continue to be trained and taken care of by Ola and my home groom. This week we took a truck load to Asten training. Only five minutes away in the truck, Asten is open on Thursday with a full track set up to be used for training. You simply pay 9 euro and you can put the jumps up or down depending on your horses level. Thursday night then opens an unofficial show, heights from 90cm to 130. Other facilities like this close by are Roggel and De Warre (Belgium). All three are great for producing the young horses or for training students alike.

So Thursday Bella and I head off to Liege, only 100km away, so its a very easy drive compared to friends of mine who are driving to Poland for two weeks on shows, this week. We are home from Liege for 2 days before heading off to Vienna. I am hoping I have time to take a look around this beautiful city before we have to drive home again!

I hope to see you on Facebook during the show and I promise to upload more pictures, its great at most of these indoor shows as there is free Wifi..

Take care!

 

Amy

 

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