RIDERS MINDS

We have some exciting news about a project that I am involved in, which sees a collaboration between myself, Sylvia Bruce and The British Grooms Association. Our expected launch for Riders Minds is Time To Talk Week in February 2020.

The Charity will work to improve the mental wellbeing of all horse riders by providing information, self help guides, an online forum and a telephone helpline with professional counsellors on the line. More details will follow soon, but we are very passionate to make a difference to an industry that sees so many people suffer mentally.

Suicide rates are too high and bullying wether it be at competitions or online is at its worst. We must work together to make a change!

NEARLY THE DOUBLE DONE

We nearly managed the double of the BYEH 5YO Champion and the 5YO British Champion at Osberton last week. But Caunton First Class finished second on her dressage score of 27.4, just point four penalties behind the leader. She has proved what an exceptional horse she is for the future.

Caunton First Class will now be aimed at the FEI World Young Horse Eventing Championships in Le Lion D’Angers in 2020 as a 6 year old.

HOT HICKSTEAD AND FIVE YEAR OLD FINAL QUALIFICATION

We survived the Summer heatwave in July at Hickstead. Temperatures soared above 35.c in the South East and it made for testing conditions in the MS Amlin Eventers Challenge, but Judi Thurloe and Caroline Goodwin’s Rapide GII coped brilliantly. We completed just catching the final fence, otherwise would have easily been in the prizes. We were delighted with him at his first attempt and hope to give it another shot next year.

It was then to Frickley Park with Sir John Peace’s Caunton First Class to compete in her first BE100, which she went on to win. The next outing for her was the 5YO qualifier at Bold Heath, which we are pleased to report that Amy has secured her place in the British Young Horse Championships at Osberton.

FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON HAS GONE WELL!!

I think it’s fair to say the first half of the Eventing season is going ok. We scored a 1,2,3 at Floors Castle in the Open Intermediate. The horses went well in Tatts and are ready for action again. Caunton First Class won the Bramham Young Event Horse qualifier, and we have some exciting new additions to the team. I love producing nice young horses through the levels, it’s great to see them progress.

EXCITING NEW ADDITIONS

Matthew has two new horses joining his yard, the 4yo Westphalian Eventing Champion Mare, Caunton First Class. Amy will make her debut at the BYEH 5yo class at Floors Castle and is by the great Amiro Z.

The other new addition is Caunton Manor Stud’s exciting new stallion Comfort. He will be set to make an Eventing debut in the Summer and will jump at Houghton and Bramham in the BS classes.