Bank Holiday in the countryside

Wednesday, August 28

I spend most of my days feeling like i have to many responsibilities and too little time to do them in, so despite the nerves that were nestled in the back of my mind for the event Monday, I've been taking the time to enjoy the now moments in my life more. Less planning, just being. 

It's easy to forget what's really important in life. Not the unanswered emails, the looming deadlines or the appointments you have to keep - but the family and friends we have. The boy and I spent the weekend with the people we care about, and it's the best feeling in the world. The sun shone down on us as we played games of tennis and watched the horses come and stare. The dogs snoozed in the fading light as we giggled over stories of recent adventures, made memories, inside jokes and laughed until our bellies hurt. We pulled out old suitcases and dressed in the items lost since the 80's. The chickens quietly searched the ground for grain as the sun started to set and the temperature dropped. 

After a weekend like this i feel like my soul has recovered, my spark no longer being weighted down and dulled by the many worries in my mind and i can work better on those little tasks that need to be done on my return to work. Everyday should be lived like this. 

Cross Country Eventing

Tuesday, August 27

This bank holiday was one of the best i have had all year.  Monday was my first event since my accident, and not just any event. It was the cross country. Being a cross country eventer is a whole new ball game compared to it's show jumping and dressage counter parts. There are no barriers to stop you, between fences you don't see anyone else and the horses step up their gears by what feels like four times faster than usual. It's just the open fields, the jumps, and you two. 

In the run up to this event i had some major issues. First my boy was put into retirement early so i was without a horse, then when i found one and started training on him we found out two days before the event that he had injured his back and is now on rest. So i ended up doing this event on a horse i had ridden...once. 

Despite us hardly knowing each other we got on like a house on fire. To start the course you do a show jumping course then you jump straight out the arena and into the cross country where you then carry on. We got round completely clear and had no refusals which was excellent  He didn't spook or run off with me and i had an amazing round on him. We didn't place in the top three but we had a great start back into my eventing life. Here's to the next one!

N.B all the photo's of me were taken by my mother who didn't really know how to use my camera. I couldn't get any of me on the course because only the finishing line was open to the public, but if you check my instagram i made two video's of most the jumps while i was walking it that morning. (@em_fee_)

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