So I have to admit I always get a little flutter in my belly every time I enter Cholmondeley Castle. I think it is a beautifully run event and stunning to ride round but you may remember back in 2013 I suffered a crashing fall there in the intermediate. It's not that I remember my fall or anything like that but it probably was the time that I became aware how dangerous our sport can be. But I started with Santi in the BE100 and he was super from start to finish. Beautiful dressage for 27.5, clear Sj and a super bold and fast Xc to finish on his dressage score for 5th. We had a very happy owner, John Done, which also makes me very happy. Next up was Florence, our day started really well with a 28 in the dressage for the Open BE100. But then disaster struck in the showjumping, usually one of Florence's strong phases, but we had a freak moment where she didn't quite make the back rail in a parallel and got brought down my the poles. Poor girly landed in a heap while I proceeded to somersault over the top of her landing on my head and flipping over onto my bum. Florence was very stiff that night and for the next couple of days but other then that hopefully she is fine. I've managed to get away with just a sprung collarbone, which is a little sore but I'm carrying on as usual. I now look even as my other collarbone had a similar battering the time before at this event. But other then that I'm a lot better off this time with no helicopter rides or over night stays at hospital required. The highs and lows of eventing!! One minute your up and then next minute you might be lay in a heap, but we love it and keep on going.
Amateur event rider