With the new season just weeks away now we are delighted that Charlotte Hordle has joined the team as blogger in the run up to The Mitsubishi Motors Cup. We look forward to sharing the trials and tribulations of the preparation!
Hi, EHOA have asked me to be one of their ‘Badminton Bloggers’ for 2018 so here I am! I’m a 28 year old amateur eventer based in the New Forest with my Husband Jim and Springer Spaniel Fern. I keep Ollie (JKS Topgun) at my parents yard a couple of miles from where I live. Ollie is a rising 9 year old 16.3hh Belgium Warmblood, I got him when he was a 5 year old, as a just broken, big, gangly and weak creature with a HUGE head, but i fell immediately in love with his equally HUGE heart! He is such a lovely person and so so genuine! After 18 months of mooching around doing local and Riding Club competitions we competed in our first BE event on a ticket in 2016. We completed 4 events picking up a 4th and a 5th along the way and were hooked! After lots of ups and downs during our 2017 season, we had gained 4 regional final qualifications for the MM Badminton Cup final. After narrowly missing out by one place in our first attempt at Firle International we headed to Goring Heath for attempt number 2!
It was a very wet and soggy day at Goring Heath! After warming up in the rain and doing my test in a heavy downpour we scored 26.5 which i was quite pleased with, however i was unsure how it compared to everyone else. I then went into the showjumping which felt fairly small, Ollie got keen and knocked a pole. I came our cursing at myself for not bringing him back more, my dad (who is my biggest ringside critic) told me to pull myself together and informed me that one day I would get it all together on the same day! I went XC with no other plans that to enjoy it, we flew around clear inside the time! After sorting Ollie and changing into some dry clothes I went to look at the scoreboard… I was thrilled to find out that I had come 3rd even with that blasted pole, which meant I had qualified for Badminton! The drive home was filled with texts and calls from all of my lovely friends and family who knew I was competing which made the journey home fly by!
It hasn’t been smooth going and poor Ollie has had to endure two operations in the last 2 seasons on his wind, but we seem to have cracked it and he is feeling better than ever and is in flying form for the season ahead!
We did our first competition at the beginning of Feb at Moreton EC where we went and did some dressage. He won the Novice 22 with 70% and then went and won the pick your own BE test with 80%!! I think I may frame that test sheet!!
He then went out the following week and jumped two double clears SJ and has also since been on the winning team at the RC area SJ meaning we have qualified for the championships at Bury Farm on 27th April! Everything seems to be going far too smoothly so far! I’m sure there will be some excitement soon!!
Charlotte and Ollie