Henry came into my life 5 years ago, he is a 16h 1 ex hunter and very experienced horse. A friend called and said will you take him on, she had too many horses all ready, and I thought yeah lets go for it. It was love at first sight, but with one big problem, I hadn't ridden for nearly 30 years, and then not much just the odd hack out with friends.
Henry and I have had an interesting journey so far, moving from Berkshire to Devon. I've taken two falls and almost lost any confidence I had. When I read Hannahs story it was so inspirational I decided to take on the challenge of the BE80. Not only will I be raising money for a fantastic charity but it will help me build back my confidence in riding him again.
Over the past year, I have achieved more than I thought I would, we entered our 1st Dressage test together in January and came 6th out of 11 riders, our 1st rosette. Then in March we entered a small show jumping competition, the height was 55/60cms, and we got 2 clear rounds, coming again 6th out of 9 riders. But we always knew that this challenge was going to be demanding, especially as Henry is 22 years old. and has previously had a tough life enduring Hunter Trials and a Hunting life. Recently I learn't that Henry has 'Side bones'. We did change our challenge to compete in a BD test, but over the past few weeks I noticed that Henry was very uncomfortable. So a couple of weeks ago I took the decision to retire him completely. He will live out the rest of his years in 5* comfort, at the same yard he is now, and loves.
As for the Challenge, in September 2016 I took on the challenge to complete the BE80 to raise lots of money for such a worthy cause and fantastic charity, I will now continue with my quest to complete the BE80. 1st step is to find a horse! :-)
Please sponsor me to help raise lots of money for this fantastic charity and will help towards finding a cure for Bone Cancer.