I'm absolutely delighted to tell people that I am now jumping again!!! The horses have all been fantastically well behaved for me :-)
I have my name and a picture with a write up in the latest edition of British Eventing magazine, along side the write up for the Bridging the Gap training series with Mark Todd, Gill Watson and Lizzel Winter. A great training series aimed at riders moving up to two and three star level. The series is sponsored by the Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow Feeds. It was a super day.
Would just like to say a huge thank you to Treehouse Sporting colours, with out your wonderful Helite jacket, who knows what state I could be in today, after having 680kg of horse landing on top of me at Cholmondeley Castle, after an air ambulance ride to hospital and a few nights in. I'm back out to tell the tale and I'm sure if it wasn't for the speediness of the triggering device on your helite jacket, things may be different now, the jackets had a tiny brief moment to respond and protect me and it managed to do just that. If anyone out there that competes cross country with out one of these Helite air jackets, please consider getting your self down to Tree House Sporting Colours to discuss your next and best ever purchase, a very friendly team with a wealth of knowledge will be happy to answer all your questions. May seem an expense at first but when it comes to the day that you need your Helite air jacket, you won't even question the price, really really makes sense. Massive thank you to Theresa and Charlie and their team for sorting me out with my Helite air jacket.
TreeHouse Sporting Colours support didn't stop there, I chatted to Theresa after my accident and told her how the paramedics had cut off my skull cap, cut through the laces on my body protector, cut my cross country shirt off and broken a clip on my air jacket. I was really pleasantly surprised then to receive a little package from Theresa with a Get Well Soon message on the back on one of their postcards and a new gas canister, some new body protector laces and a new cross country top. This was such a kind gesture and I thank them so much for it :-)
I'm completely overwhelmed by all the get well messages, cards, gifts, chocolates, teddies and flowers I've received off friends, family, sponsors and fellow competitors. When I was finally able to get phone signal in hospital and was able to read all my texts, emails, Facebook messages and Twitter tweets I was truly shocked to the numbers that had heard what had happened and contacted me. Was certainly something to put a smile on my face. Thank you to everyone that got in touch with me. XX
It just wasn't meant to be for me on day two of Cholmondeley Castle and to be honest I remember very little of the day. I know that Frankie did an ok dressage for 36.8 which was a disappointing mark. Then he jumped his little heart out show jumping and was clear over a track that very few did jump clear. Then cross country is a complete blur.... I remember setting off and everything seemed to be going well and then the next thing I remember is tugging at an oxygen mask on my face. It appears we suffered a rotational fall at fence 6 and as the Horse & Hound put it, it was a straight forward fence. To this day I don't really know why we came to grief but it happened. I'm pleased to say Frankie seems to be fairly unscathed and just had a few small grazes. I didn't get off quite so lightly, as you would expect after having 680kg of horse land on top of me. But considering I'm not to badly hurt. I have a fractured shoulder, bruised brain, bruised lungs, fractured skull and a very sore bum!!! I was told by one person that when he reached fence 6 where we had fallen, Frankie and I were lay back to back, me knocked out and Frankie winded. Luckily I had lots of support of site for a change that day. My boyfriend and his parents had come to watch and also a riding club friend, Lisa Cadman, who was able to take hold of Frankie and sort him out (big thank you Lisa xx) while I headed off to hospital in the chopper, fancy that getting to go in a helicopter and not being awake to enjoy the experience. It's now just over two weeks on and too be honest things aren't healing quite as quick as I'd hoped. My head is the main problem, my memory is terrible and it's like I'm living in a dream world. I've missed so much due to my fall, these include Burwarton Show on Dudley, the British Riding Club National Horse Trials Championships on Percy and Florence, Bold Heath on Dudley and now I've just withdrawn from Somerford Park Internstional CIC** on Frankie for this week end. People are telling me to take it easy and enjoy the rest but for someone like me that's a busy little bee that's easier said then done. Frustrated and disappointed is how I'm feeling right now, but one thing that I am really pleased about is that Frankie has come home in one piece. Although we've had a little moment out there on the cross country he is still my little treasure and I love him lots and lots. :-)
It's been a while now since Cholmondeley Castle but you will see why I haven't updated my blog shortly. On the first day of the event I headed off with Florence and Percy both for the BE100. Both were very well behaved and both came home with the pretties!!! Florence had a very good dressage of 29.5 and was double clear to finish in 5th spot in quite a hot section with lots of big names. Percy didn't disappoint either with 33 dressage and also double clear to finish 7th. Super for his second ever BE100 run.
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