Gaby Struel - Dec/Jan Blog

Well it's been a while since my last blog where we had just returned from Aintree! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! December and January have been pretty quiet as we had such a busy summer and autumn out competing but we're now looking forward to the 2015 season. (along with a new addition to the team..!)

It was my birthday on 1st December - 17, finally able to drive!! I wasted no time booking driving lessons as soon as possible and then passed my driving theory on the 20th December.

On the 7th December we took Padmay to Badgworth for the 95cm Amateur Qualifier. She jumped a super clear in the first round but an unfortunate pole in the jump off meant we didn't get placed.

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A massive thank you to Likit for sending out lots more treats in time for Christmas - Yeti and Padmay were totally spoilt!

I spent my Christmas holidays on work experience with my equine vet gaining vital hours to put towards my UCAS application. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to other work experience placements later this year.

Aintree was my final goal for Yeti and I, and after a lot of soul searching we decided the time had come to sell her. As much as I would have loved to have kept her I was getting too tall for her and it was time for Yeti to show someone else the ropes.

January 15th was an emotional day in several different ways. Yeti has been sold to a fantastic new home where she will continue to do what she does best and hopefully have a lot of success with her new owner as she did with us. I owe so much to Yeti, in the 6 years we had together she took me above and beyond everything I ever even dreamed of achieving. I remember when I was younger I used to watch shows like Pony of the Year Show and Scope Festival on TV, never imagining I would be able to compete at those sorts of places let alone get placings. She's a very special pony and I'll never forget the time we had together, I wish her all the best in her new home. I made sure to give a selection of Likit treats to Yeti's new owner so she will not be missing out! Here are Padmay and I saying goodbye to our best friend..

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On a brighter note, I'd like to welcome the new addition to the team .. Major!!

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Major is my exciting new horse. He is a 7 year old, 17 hand, Bavarian Warmblood gelding. Despite only having him for 10 days I have fallen in love with him already! Padmay on the other hand is taking a bit longer to warm up to him. I'm taking time getting to grips with Major as he is such a big, powerful horse and rides totally different to little Yeti! We have a lesson with Sian Price on the 29th January and with Ernest Dillon on the 5th February and hopefully after that we will be ready to get out competing! Here is a quick video of Major..

It's so strange not having Yeti around the yard anymore, but I have heard that she has settled in to her new home really well and everyone on the yard loves her! Major has settled in well with us too and hopefully we have an exciting year ahead of us. A few of our plans for this year include Blue Chip Championships, The Welsh Masters, Scope Festival, The Welsh Home Pony and I'm hoping we will return to Aintree in November for the National Amateur Championships. I can't wait for the year ahead and wishing everyone else a year of success and enjoyment.

Gaby x

Written by Gaby Struel, #teamlikit at 12:00, 26 January 2015
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