The first week of February is always an exciting one. The days start to feel a little longer, it tends to become a little sunnier, the event entries open, and the pre-season galloping can finally begin. So what an unfortunate week for me to fall off and sideline myself! I suppose I should be grateful that I am still far enough away from the season that it shouldn’t affect any season plans, however sitting at home was not in the plan for this week!

I have had serious envy this week watching Zoe Wilkinson and Shane John take my horses up the gallops, especially as the weather has been so nice! I have found myself stood outside on my crutches watching other people muck out my horses… and trying to push a wheelbarrow whilst hopping (it’s not something I would recommend!), however it has been a good time in the year for me to see how important the home team is, I definitely would not have managed this week had  not had such great people to rely on.

However frustrating, this week has given me a chance to catch up with some much needed admin and organising. I feel on top of everything again which is great. It has also given me time to sort out my yard for the rest of the season, and hopefully beyond. I have very exciting plans to move, myself and horses, in March to a bigger yard and this week has given me a chance to start getting things in order.

First event is entered, first gallops done, the sun is out and the mud is drying up so lets hope for a better week next week where I can get back to my training plan.

The frustration from the sidelines…watching while Caroline Moore rides Des for me.