Easy canter round the Grounds of Blenheim

I’ve just had the ride of my life: I’d be better calling it having a canter round the Palace Grounds. This horse is the classiest gentleman I could wish for, and when I think about his huge heart and eagerness to please it just makes me want to cry. Smokie has just jumped the easiest clear round an ENORMOUS 3* track at Blenheim Palace. I know I’m sitting on a real one when I can come back so comfortably. He’s only 8, and my word he’s going to grow into something EVEN MORE special… Thank you to the team that support me: my girls at home keeping things ticking; and my wonderful sponsors, supporters and friends. @spaldinginternationalsaddles @franklinbillard @equimaging @westvilletherapyunits. It was wonderful to walk down to the start box and see my new 1 week old niece Olivia for the first time- there to cheer me on with bro, Emma & little Thomas, who’s already trying to nick my ride… Made my day even more special. #Imsolucky


  1. Well done fi fantastic good girl .xxx

  2. That’s amazing Fiona! Congratulations, very well earned! Xx

  3. I’m so pleased for you both. Both very talented and I look forward to seeing you at badminton and burghley ???x

  4. Was fantastic seeing you today, Fi! Thomas will be talking about sitting on Smokie for ages. He spent the afternoon neighing (and mooing, but only because he knows it makes me laugh)

  5. Love this photo – recognise Fletch

  6. It’s so nice to see someone I know doing so well. Well done x

  7. What a dude! So bloody well done! Xx

  8. You did good! My fab pic is definitely the double bed pic! He’s just skipping over it! X

  9. Congratulations! Over the moon for you!!

  10. Well done ? he looks like an absolute star.

  11. Amazing Fiona, well done to the both of you ? x

  12. Bloody hell Fi! those jumps make me sweat just looking at them!! :O Hes jumping over them like there nothing!

  13. The man of your dreams fi!! Give smokes a kiss from me!!

  14. Really pleased for u, well done xx

  15. Wow! That’s fantastic! Well done to both of you. X

  16. Saw you couple times, but about to jump! So thought try catch later, but manic! Well done! X

  17. I’ve been watching the live stream and you both looked seriously special!!!! Superstars, all very exciting and well deserved ??? xxx

  18. Wohoooo!! I will be your personal vet at his first four star haha xx

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  • Fiona Davidson
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    I have ridden horses all my life. I have relocated my yard, to Vale View Equestrian, with facilities that are out of this world for producing my lovely horses. I am very excited about having these resources at my fingertips, and the results are shining through right across the board, showing my horses are settled, happy, and now able to work every aspect of their competition needs! Read more...
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