Varied emotions in run up to CIC3*

Whoever said working with horses provided the full rollercoaster of emotions wasn’t wrong! Having taken Smokie to Richmond for a fun run, he banged a knee on a fence, which left us a little vulnerable for our Chatsworth prep!! 

My wonderful back up team- my guys in the yard for the full works of therapy we have to offer here, Ibby Macpherson for a quick Spa and Antonia Bealby at North Lodge Equine who has had Smokie on his first stayaway without me since he was a 4 year old! He’s been spa’d 2 or 3 times a day, to take the swelling completely out of his knee, and I can’t believe the job it’s done!!! …And today, he was invited to the 2* European team, (particularly as I don’t think Foxy is ready to be pushed…) he LOVED being lead horse, I could almost feel him smiling as he led ‘his’ team around the team test!! 

I’m nearly home from this great tune up pre-Chatsworth, to be sent a picture from my wonderful apprentice Shannon, who didn’t want to do her BHS training in the classroom, so we’ve done it all in the lorry en route to/ from events… to say she not only Passed, nor got a Merit, but she BOSSED it and got a DISTINCTION!!! I could burst with pride, but I’ve always said this one’s a good’un! ? 

Just back to the yard to turn around for another early doors training session in the morning… no rest for the wicked… !!

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  • Fiona Davidson
    Eventer / Trainer

    I have ridden horses all my life, and our base is now Vale View Equestrian in Leicestershire, with facilities that are out of this world for producing my lovely horses, and the results are shining through right across the board, showing my horses are settled, happy, and able to work every aspect of their competition needs! Read more...

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    Jess Storey
    Yard Manager/ Competition Groom

    Jess joined the team as a trainee back in 2020! Apart from a very short stint spreading her wings, she quickly decided that we really were the family she wanted to be a part of!! I hope Jess will be my Jackie Potts, as she treats the whole team as her own family, and keeps the cogs turning smoothly- even during our tough times!! 

    Bryonie Ellis

    Bryonie is our wonderful Apprentice, and despite her diminutive size, she is definitely mighty!! She shows such commitment to the team and is a such wonderful and critical part of our family. 

    Monica Leggett

    Monica is the newest member of FDE, and is proving to be a great help in every aspect of our yard life. Her wonderful positive attitude; her capability in the yard and on a horse is a very welcome addition to the FDE family!!