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My Badminton 2024 round up with Chilli Knight (Alfie)!

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What a week we had at Equestrian at Bolesworthwith our team of jumpers!
What a week we had at Equestrian at Bolesworthwith our team of jumpers!

Nina and her team really do put on a fantastic show we absolutely love going! I just wish they could run more! 🤩
Dime Bar owned by the Dime Bar Syndicate had two great rounds in the 3* 1.50m World Ranking classes to set him up for this week’s The Hickstead Derby!

We did manage to qualify for the Grand Prix we decided to save his legs and set him up for Hickstead instead. We jumped some seriously big tracks which definitely kept us both on our toes!!

Our amazing Johan-Some (YoYo) owned by Linda Allen really is enjoying his new career! He WON the Eventers’ Grand Prix and then was placed the next day in a 3* 1.40m! What a horse - he is a complete freak of nature and I am absolutely loving being back in his saddle!!

Klent Spot On owned by Shirley Light at the BRENDON STUD is really starting to show just how talented he is with a clear and placing everyday in the 1.30m. He’s really consolidating at this level and it won’t be long before he steps up!

My brand new ride, 7yo Warrior Special owned by Nadia AL - Mutawa, was also absolutely brilliant. We have gelled so quickly! He was also clear everyday and we really went for it in the 7yo Grand Prix final but he just touched the last fence in what was a very fast time! You win some, you lose some! I have no doubts whatsoever that he will be super competitive in the very near future!

I’m so grateful to all my team and my owners and so excited to be building a small but perfectly formed string of “proper” jumpers to go with my world class Event horses!
Busy busy!

Now onto Hickstead! Wish us luck! 🖤

Johan-Some qualifies for Horse of The Year Show!
Johan-Some qualifies for Horse of The Year Show!

Such a great day at South Of England show yesterday!

First time competing there as a showjumper since I can’t remember!

Johansome owned by the most loyal and patient owner Linda Allan has turned his twinkle toes so beautifully to his second career, WINNING the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Horse of the Year Show Grade C Qualifier, in very good company, earning him a ticket to HOYS!
I have always loved this horse so much and was bitterly upset when he got his injury and our olympic dream gone, but these things happen and my god we are going go have fun with him in this sport instead.

I'm also really pleased for the Brendon Stud and their lovely stallion, Klent Spot On who was third in the class, also earning us a HOYS ticket!

You can read the British Showjumping report here: https://tinyurl.com/fdz53ffd

#Eventerturnedjumper
#forjockeyandhorse !!
#oneveryhappypony 💙💙

Thank you to Gary Stevens for grooming this time!!

Thanks to ClipMyHorse.TV for the video!

My Badminton 2024 round up with Chilli Knight (Alfie)!
My Badminton 2024 round up with Chilli Knight (Alfie)!

Photo Credit: Hannah Cole Photgraphy

Not the result we were hoping for this week leaderboard-wise but we have a very happy, healthy, none-the-wiser ginger pony who is an out and out winner in our eyes… 🧡
He tried SO hard to jump out of Huntsman’s and he would have actually won without the flag penalties too 😬
He showjumped unbelievably around a really technical and tough track for one light touch, I was so proud of the way he jumped today.
I am so very fond of this little horse, he might not be the flashiest or fastest but he has the heart of a lion and gives me everything he’s got every time we compete.
One day I will do it… I’m so determined to win on the greatest stage in the world. I’ll just have to keep at this eventing malarkey for a bit longer won’t I?!

We’ll re-group and go again at the next one!
A HUGE thank you to my whole team, I can’t say it enough - without them, none of us would have been here this week - they are quite phenomenal.

Special thank you to Alfie’s owners Chris and Lisa for their ongoing unwavering support.

To Charlotte for caring for Alfie’s every need and my husband Gaz for constant encouragement.
All my family, my girls and my friends, you’re all a massive part of it. Thank you 🙏🏻 🥰

Cross Country day was quite a day!
Having to wait so long to jump round the biggest track in the world is never fun, but my team and I had our plan and Alfie and I arrived at the start box feeling prepared and 100% ready to trust in each other!
Getting this horse back to 5* has taken a village and all I wanted to do was bring him home safe for them all 🧡
Having said that he never changes no matter where he is, the little monkey went on to prove me wrong yesterday and was WILD out there!
It wasn’t my most stylish round and there were places I would have liked to have had a little more control, but that’s what we got for having him fitter than he has ever been, he absolute ate it all up out there - what a horse!
While our 15 flag penalties were annoying and dropped us out of the top 5, I have a healthy, happy ginger pony having jumped around one of the toughest Badminton courses I have ever seen!
Alfie thinks he jumped clear - so we’re not going to tell him otherwise! 🧡🧡

A HUGE thank you for all of the lovely messages, pics and videos we’ve received - they’re all gorgeous - thank you!

And to Charlotte Overton who has looked after both me and Alfie so well this week, Alfie’s owners, personal assistants (my incredible team), our sponsors and my amazing family - thank you for supporting us - we’ll head out today to complete and look forward to the next one ☺️

Back to day 1, Dressage!

Where do I even start with this incredible horse?! 🧡
Alfie was an absolute dream to ride wherever we are… even in the main arena at Badminton!!
He might not be as flashy as the likes of London 52 or Valegro but he always tries his very best and allows me to ride every single movement, step and blade of grass.
I couldn’t have been more proud of him, he just went in there and did his thing and sat us in =10th going into the Cross Country 🧡

(To be in the top ten after dressage was a massive stretch goal of mine 🤭🫣)

Charlotte Overton had Alfie looking out of this world today - there is absolutely no way we could have got him here without her or the rest of my incredible team - their attention to detail and commitment to the horses is utterly amazing 🙏🏻