*NEW* Lauren & Coco’s street to the Badminton #SSCup weblog: this time final yr we’d solely achieved exhibiting
My title is Lauren Brown, I’m 24 and based mostly within the Surrey Hills. Running a blog isn’t one thing I’ve achieved earlier than, subsequently I’m thrilled to have been requested to be this yr’s H&H Badminton Science Dietary supplements Cup blogger — there are two issues I’d by no means thought I’d ever say in a single sentence!
So as to assist the most costly interest my household may have ever of bought me into, I work full-time as a gross sales account supervisor at Horse & Hound. Not solely does my life revolve round horses on a private stage, however I additionally get the pleasure of working for this improbable publication inside an trade I like. I’ve to say I’m fairly satisfied with my profession path.
Now to introduce the star of the present, the horse that I can solely describe as a princess, Coco. After a yr of trying to find a semi-experienced, strictly bay gelding, I made a decision to purchase a four-year-old bay mare… However it was one of the best choice I may have ever made! Not solely does it imply I get an hour additional in mattress earlier than any present, as poo stains don’t present up on a brown horse, it has additionally meant that seven years on, I’ve managed to vary her profession path from a reasonably present horse to a reasonably sluggish occasion horse.
Up till January final yr, all myself, Coco and my mum (aka the groom/driver/chef/common canine’ physique) knew was exhibiting. Nevertheless, a yr on and we’re heading to the grassroots championship at Badminton Horse Trials!
Beforehand, Coco and I’ve loved a fairly profitable exhibiting profession. In 2018 we got here third on the Royal Worldwide Horse Present and certified once more in 2019, regardless of saying I used to be solely going to occasion — I couldn’t assist myself. So final yr the intention was for us each to be taught the way it all works. There have been just a few hick-ups on the best way reminiscent of studying dressage checks, which has not been my sturdy level AT ALL! However by some means, we winged it to the regionals and squeezed ourselves into the highest 20% to get us the golden ticket.
Coco with mum and I
With Could feeling like some time away, particularly with the latest climate we’ve had, it’s truly not that distant in any respect once you drill down what number of occasions I’ll occasion earlier than Badminton. Subsequently, within the subsequent couple of months, we shall be specializing in us BOTH getting match. With beforehand solely having to gallop one facet of the ring, we’ve got bought lots to be taught — seven minutes on a cross-country course sounds intense! We additionally want to handle the truth that Coco is wanting in nice present situation…
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February has been a whole washout. Numerous what I had deliberate has been cancelled — I’m positive everyone seems to be in the identical boat, so to talk. Nevertheless, I’m very lucky that my teacher has an indoor faculty, so storm Dennis didn’t defeat us and I managed to get a grid lesson in together with getting out and working by means of a dressage check.
So, over the subsequent couple of months, we shall be sharing how we’re getting ready for Badminton. I’m positive it is going to be removed from plain crusing and a steep studying curve, however we love a problem (I say this now…!).
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