My horses are leaving tomorrow for a two week trip to Spain. I take K Club Lady, Splendor and a new horse to me, Sebo.
First of the two shows is Gijon in Spain where I will use Splendor in the Nations' Cup and the following week is a five star international event in Madrid where I will take Noctumbule Courcelle to have another go at the Puissance.
Last weekend I jumped the three horses in Boswell and they all jumped really well. Sebo was 2nd in the 1m30 on Saturday, Splendor was 6th in the Grand Prix, where K Club Lady was 2nd. It was nice to give her a few easy jumps, yet still you can't beat getting in the ring and having match practice, it's much more productive than jumping at home.
The highlight of the weekend, I have to say, was on Friday night when Ruth and I went to see Westlife at the O2 and we were one of a lucky small audience of 900 that saw it live. Unlike the usual audience of 8,000 people and the boys putting on an action-packed evening this was a more sombre intimate evening as it was live-streamed across Europe to an audience of 60,000 people.
They were accompanied by a choir and an orchestra, sang some of their regular songs and indeed did some new ones from other artistes. Georgina Byrne (Nicky's wife) was sitting beside me and she commented : "Oh, you know all the words." I said: "Yes, I'm a real fan, but don't tell anyone!"
Westlife are an amazing success story and a key part of this is the work ethic that all the guys have. Their management obviously helps enormously, but most of all they're down to earth and grounded people.
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