Playing With The Big Boys

Playing With The Big Boys – Burghley Countdown

The Burghley countdown has begun!! It is starting to get very real that a week on Tuesday we are heading to one of the biggest competitions in the world. Siren really has no idea how much attention he is going to get – although it has already started! We have had newspapers and press ringing us, blog requests etc etc. It is very odd and I’m struggling to give them enough exciting information about siren and myself. My favourite question so far is ‘so are you a real amateur?’ – I’m not sure what a pretend amateur would be!

Siren out hacking

Siren out hacking

As much as I would like to practice my dressage every day, jump him every day, gallop him everyday – it won’t change anything now. I am trying to keep our routine as normal as possible. I am very lucky to keep Siren on a livery yard with excellent hacking (as well as horse walker, amazing arena, all year turnout and now gallops! – yes we are spoilt) so we have done a fair bit this week. Normally he will hack 3-4 times a week and we have not done much recently with the panic of Burghley. He really enjoys hacking and I think it is really important for fitness and relaxation – as well as having a good old natter (normally to Siren as he doesn’t answer back!)

Siren all smiles whilst enjoying a regular swimming session

Siren all smiles whilst enjoying a regular swimming session

He has also been swimming this week. This is an activity I also think a lot of. After using both a water treadmill and swimming, for fitness I (and Siren) prefer swimming. I know some people don’t like it as they think it causes them to hold their head too high, but I disagree and really like it. He also loves the solarium after!

Ready for his lesson with Alex

Ready for his lesson with Alex

We had a dressage lesson with my regular instructor Alex Pearson. She has been my instructor/trainer/friend since I decided I wanted to event Siren (6 years ago!) and I really can’t thank her enough for getting Siren and myself to where we are today. Although I was not thanking her during the lessons (a few years ago now) I had with no stirrups to teach me to do sitting trot. I can still remember the tears of pain and Alex shouting at me that I wasn’t allowed to walk. It worked though and I really do trust Alex’s opinion and training. Her daughter has her name down on Siren to be his next rider – shame she’s only 4!

11903544_607826945557_1397024401_nThis week is very much the same for Siren and I. He is also being shod towards the end of the week. The same farrier – the famous Richard Tate, has shod Siren since giving him his first trim as a foal. Richard had managed to make it to a few events to watch Siren and I, and will also be at Burghley. I’ve told him he should up his game and go for best shod….I won’t tell you his response

Love, Charlotte and Super Si

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