We have had a very busy month with lots going on, including two international competitions.
I have been training hard both on and off my horses to really bring out the best in our performances.
The first real test for us was a trip to Deauville in France, this was only Tika's second competition this year so I had my fingers crossed we could give her a good confident outing.
When we arrived in France the sun was shining and Tika was feeling great, this was the first time we had used her Hidez compression suit and she certainly seemed very happy when wearing it. Tika was looking really relaxed once we had settled her in, so much so that my groom, Claire Parker had to wake her up to prepare for the trot up.
It is always a great feeling to be with the other Team GB members at a competition, especially at a venue like Deauville. I really felt so privileged to be there, to witness some fantastic dressage and to be heading home knowing that my new training was definitely taking us in the right direction.
Having arrived home, we didn't have much time to relax before the preparation started for the next international trip, this time it was Star's turn and we were
off to Belgium.
We set off to Belgium with another great training session under our belt. Star lived up to her name and travelled like a superstar, arriving in Belgium feeling relaxed and looking really well. The competition started well with all the horses passing the trot up with flying colours, I was feeling really keen to get going as Star was feeling great in her warm up.
The competition ran really smoothly and I was so proud of Star. She performed so well under the pressure of the competition and it felt great to have another international outing under our belts.
It is always a great opportunity to have the chance to ride in front of international judges and gain feedback on what they
are looking for. I was really pleased with our consistent dressage scores and the feedback from the judges will help us to recognise the crucial areas of weakness and get them ironed out.
Towards the end of our trip to Belgium, myself and my Team GB team mates had the added privilege of laying a wreath at
the Menin gate memorial, this is the war memorial dedicated to all the British and commonwealth soldiers killed in the first world war and who's graves are unknown. This was quite an emotional experience for us all and brought our trip to Belgium to lovely end.
On arrival home I was feeling quite worn out, but I am always so excited to be reunited with my gorgeous Tika, she had
been in the capable hands of Angela Weiss whilst I was away competing Star.
My month was then rounded off in the best way possible with the arrival of a big box containing my amazing new Childeric saddle. Tricia and Childéric Saddles are such an amazing support to me, I am so grateful of the support I receive from them, Tricia really is so much more than just a Saddle sponsor and often likes to have a hands on role. She travelled with me to Deauville to support me and cheer me on which was really kind of her. The saddles really do make all the difference to me and my horses, I am so lucky to have their support.