The cat that got the cream…

I can definitely say I have two 3* horses in the yard- it has been a wonderful 3 days at Chatsworth, with a few highs and a low or two!! #putyourbuttinthebest @spaldinginternationalsaddlery #flyingwithoutwings 

What I can say, is that horses like Smokie are not ‘one in a million’ horses, he’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ horse! … I feel lucky I’ve had some special ones- but he takes the biscuit!! 

Tiny made his way round his first- and a very stiff- 3* track, it was just a shame that my braking systems failed… and I was jolly pleased to make it home in one piece, with no airbag intervention!!! πŸ™ˆ 

And Smokie… well, Smokie… as far as both of us were concerned, did the most glorious double clear! Apparently one shoulder was outside a flag, but we’d have only been 12th, so we didn’t complain! 

I feel like the cat that got the cream, and thinking about a couple of very strange, inexplicable occurrences around the lorry, felt very much like Mum was part of the team today!! 


  1. Well done Fi. Hope you’re giving yourself a few minutes rest after this! xx

  2. Hope you enjoyed your ‘cider’ at the end of the day😜

  3. You are a brilliant team! Well done xx

  4. Brilliant so pleased for you, speak with you tomorrow when you have had time to have a look at Jack. Pete very happy and found him a toast set of Billies pj’s .

  5. Beautiful pic of you three. Well done xx

  6. Fantastic fi!!! So good to see you and all I can say is amazing!! Massive well done! What a team!! πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘xxx

  7. Ahh, love Smokie, well done to you xx

  8. Well done you and the team!! The first of many I am sure. X πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽπŸŽ

  9. Brilliant Fiona πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜€!

  10. Fantastic Fi!! Watched your appearances on BETV looking fabulous!! So chuffed for you and I’m sure Mum was cheering you on too! Please go safely on your way home you must be shattered xxx

  11. Well done Fi Fi it was a fab result, to the rest of us you did a double clear! Jx

  12. Well done! You looked awesome going round!

  13. We all thought you were fantastic!

  14. Got you at the Land Rover fence Fi! Well done x

  15. Well done and fab pic 😘 Xxx

  16. Well done fi saw u and smokey at the 1st water. both of u looked amazing x

  17. Well done.xx
    Sounds like you had a fab time.xx

  18. Well done Fiona Davidson πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ₯‚

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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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