An unusual start to 2020 – Covid 19 Lockdown

Well it certainly hasn’t been the start to the 2020 British Eventing season that I think any of us were looking forward to or were expecting. Naturally with the outbreak of Covid 19 on British soil, we, like everyone else battened down the hatches during lockdown and did our best to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Thankfully Dani and Charlotte were still able to come to work and apart from not taking the horses out and there being no competitions largely our day to day lives didn’t change a huge amount (socially distanced of course).

We are so lucky to have the wonderful support of our owners and collectively we decided to keep our horses in work and really make the most of the time we had to focus on our training and developing each horse’s strengths and weaknesses. We were able to lessen the intensity of our training and allow them plenty of down time and I really feel each has benefitted from this rather unusual time!

The two beautiful Parkfield girls after a really intensive few months have now headed home for a Summer holiday which they really deserve. They have both improved out of sight and suddenly turned into the most mature and pleasurable horses to ride. They both have huge futures in-front of them and I’m so pleased for Sharon and Holly their owners who put so much into the sport and are such wonderful supporters of FHE.

Just before lockdown started we welcomed the gorgeous SAN FRANSISCO known as Sam to the yard. His owner and breeder Joan got in touch to see if we would be able to run and then sell her lovely boy and after watching some very impressive videos and meeting Sam in person we were delighted to agree. Sadly approx 48 hours after he arrived lockdown started so poor Joan wasn’t able to visit Sam as much as she would like but we really enjoyed having him and finding him a new home with a wonderful new rider. It is always so rewarding to find the perfect places for horses and Sam has certainly landed on his feet.

Sadly we are saying goodbye to VARDAGS SARATOGA this week as her owner Ayesha Vardag has come to the difficult decision to sell her. We have very much enjoyed producing this very special little mare up to 4* level and we wish Ayesha and her new owners every success for the future. I’m sure she will go on to do great things.

For now we are crossing our fingers that the Eventing season will soon get underway and we are busy getting the horses back up to full fitness and finally back out to some jumping shows and XC schooling.

Take care and stay safe everyone – and hopefully see you soon