Apologies for skipping a week with the blog, but I really haven't had a minute.
The show at Caen went well for me. Splendor jumped superbly, placing 3rd in the Grand Prix Qualifier, and just knocking the last fence in the Grand Prix itself.
Arabella, a 7 year-old mare I own together with Mary Hughes, really proved her worth and stepped up to this level extremely well. She was double clear in the 1m45 on Saturday, placing 6th.
Following the show I flew to Cairo where I conducted a four day clinic. I must say the Egyptian people are so friendly and a pleasure to work with. I was giving out about the weather being too hot - 33 degrees - but having spent the last few days here at home you'd nearly need a pair of waders to get around. It's hard to find a happy medium!
Like with any business when you spend a considerable time away from home there's always a mountain of paperwork to tackle when you get back, so I'm heading to Verona tomorrow to compete at the World Cup show. I'm really looking forward to getting back in the saddle and doing what I enjoy most.
My groom Frenchie has kept the horses ticking over quietly since I've been away, and I've no doubt they're in great shape. As Verona is a World Cup show, Ireland is allowed one nomination and Billy Twomey got the nod on this occasion. I was delighted to receive a personal invitation from the show and I will jump Splendor and Arabella again as well the super competitive PS I Love You.
Verona is a magical city and I'm delighted that Ruth is joining me for the week, where perhaps we may even get a chance to go and visit the homes of Romeo and Juliet!!
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