Bonnie Fishburn - 2014/2015 Winter

I hope everybody has had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. So much has happened since September when I last did a blog. Probably the biggest thing is that my boyfriend proposed to me at the end of November, so I now have a lovely big gem on my finger, well, when I’m not out with the horses anyway. It means not only do I have all my events to plan this season but a wedding as well…very exciting!!!!!     

Another big bit of news is that I am now the proud owner of a beautiful new Elite Coachworks Horse Lorry. She has been christened Queen Wendy the Wagon. It had been my dream to one day own a lorry but I never thought I would be able to have a lorry half as beautiful as Wendy. She is a 12 tonne DAF LF and carries 4 horses. The living has everything I will ever need including a luxury bathroom, cooker, microwave, 3 beds, TV, Fridge etc…. and there is a massive under floor storage area. So excited for next season, I’ve always been the odd one out at big events in my trailer and having to set my tent up. 

Before my horses went on holiday back in October, Florence and Percy had both qualified for the British Showjumping Amateur Second Round. So I took them to South View at the beginning of October for the 95cm class. Both jumped impeccable double clears to finish 10th and 11th. Its not often that Percy beats his sister but I rode Florence with the handbrake on because I knew she just needed a clear in the jump off to qualify for the Amateur Championships at Aintree. The top 12 qualify - we were second last to jump and the 4 faulters were in 11th and 12th spots. It did mean that their holiday was going to be cut short over the winter as the championships were in November, when they are usually stillon holiday. So they had a few weeks off, while I went on holiday, then came back into work in November. 

It actually worked out ok as I won a lesson with Jock Paget in November so I had an amazing lesson with him on Percy which set us up well for the championships, Percy and I both learnt a lot. Jock has a fantastic way of teaching and what he says makes sense. At the championships we had to jump in two classes to qualify for the Grand Prix on the Sunday. We had a couple of very early starts on the Thursday and Saturday, but both the ponies were fantastic. Each jumping a double clear on both days and qualifying them for the Sunday. Although we were jumping double clears we were outside the placing's on both days, I didn't go back to jump on the final day, 48 had qualified from the original 106 and it seemed like a lot of money to go back and probably not stand much chance in the jump off should we get that far. So instead the horses went out in the field and I watched the class on the live stream. A big lesson was learnt this day..."You have to be in it to win it" my horror I watched only 22 go clear and into the jump off, of which only 3 were clear!!!! So if I had gone and popped a couple of nice double clears I could possibly have been 4th & 5th! The course just caused so much trouble, there were fallers and stoppers and poles flying everywhere. I know I can't say I would have jumped double clear on either of them but if we had we could have had a great result. But never mind they both jumped fantastic over the two days and on the Sunday when I should have been at the final, was the day that my boyfriend proposed, so all was not lost.