Firstly, I wish everyone a very prosperous New Year! After a less than eventful 2020 I’m very excited to see what 2021 will bring! Although the past year brought quite a few showjumping successes I’m eager to carry on and hopefully start the show season again soon.
I’m planning to jump my first CSI2* show of the year next week at Sentower Park also hoping to participate in the CSI4* event in Salzburg the week after. If all goes well, I will be travelling to Samorin in March. I’m still deciding the final string of horses that I’ll take to Samorin, but there are two very promising horses I am definitely taking with me.
Venice du Reverdy, a twelve-year-old mare by Quidam de Revel and an eleven-year-old H&M Kirlo van den Bosrand by VDL Cardento. I’ve started jumping these horses towards the Autumn of 2020 and they’ve gone from strength to strength. I have a lot of faith that they will be jumping into the spotlight this year at 1.50m/1.60m level. I’m also hoping to progress with Celeste de Mars, a nine-year-old mare by Jarnac, to the highest level.
I don’t have specific New Year’s resolutions, as an athlete I always try to have everything well-sorted and in tip-top shape, but I do have a few new goals. My main goal is representing Great Britain at a mayor Championship this year. That means either the European Championships or the Olympic Games of 2021! First on the list is getting shortlisted for either event. From there on I will hopefully be selected for Team GB. I was shortlisted once before in 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games in France. As I was not a team member on that occasion, I’m even more determined to be part of it this year!
Next to the mayor championships, I’m also eager to join in the action of the Nations Cup. I’ve represented Great Britain quite a few times in a Nations Cup before, which is always a great pleasure and something to be proud of. The show I have on my wish list to compete is Aachen. I jumped at this magnificent show once before in 2017 and I have been chomping at the bit to go there again. It would also be great to attend grand events such as Spruce Meadows and the Olympia Horse show.