Birth year: 2013
April has worked for me for almost three years, starting part-time, and now working full-time. Having started her career in racing April is an excellent rider and her grooming skills and attention to detail are second to none. April's quietness and confidence with the horses, and endless patience and sense of humour with me make her a fantastic show groom, making me relaxed and confident to get on with my job.
Everyone needs someone who is always just ‘there’ in their team. For me this is Mark, my husband, and number one supporter for the past 42 years.
Any day at Felbridge is really a nice day, the atmosphere is so relaxed and friendly, and lovely courses and masses of room to ride in all add to having a very good day out.
This was my first show with Billy Arietta who only arrived last Friday night, so I started with her in the Discovery. She jumped a nice round, unfortunately my lack of a course walk meant that I was just cantering past fence 11 when I noticed it which meant turning a circle. She then jumped a really lovely round in the Newcomers, by which time we felt much more like a partnership.
I am trying to ride Askeaton completely differently, which is a bit of a challenge, but she jumped a really lovely round in the Newcomers, and a good round in the Foxhunter, with just a couple of poles when she got a bit quick. At least after my training sessions with Trevor I am beginning to recognise when I'm doing it wrong - it's going to take a bit more faith to correct things in front of the fence, but I am reacting more quickly after the fence now.
It was nice to see Michelle Marsh and Hurricane Heidi jump a fabulous round for a place in the Newcomers, Elena Watson and Pakkse jumped another lovely round, and it was also to see Tabitha Kingdon Jones deputising successfully for her sister Jemima on Fiasco successfully while Jemima is studying in Dublin.