Freya Rooke - June Blog

A year of change...
This year has brought huge huge challenges my way, 3 months ago after numerous illness’, ailments and setbacks my vet and I made the heart rendering decision to retire Immi from competitive showjumping. She was no longer able to continue at the level we were at and I felt that neither of us would reap any benefit from dropping down a level. This was not a decision I took lightly but it was made in her best interests and hopefully now we have done this we have many many more happy years together doing something new…
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So not only has this been a year of challenge it has also been a big year of change and growth. I travelled to america for four months in September last year and had the most amazing experience over there, made some lifelong friends and have so many happy memories to look back on. I suppose the biggest change would be the new black and white horse that has crashed into my life, after deciding to retire Immi i came to the conclusion that it was time for a new challenge. So along came Lucy, a 15.2hh piebald bundle of fun. She has to hands down be one of the most challenging rides I’ve ever had, but she has made so much progress already and is ready to begin what i hope will be a very successful carer in showjumping. She has big shoes to fill replacing Immi but if anyone can do it i think this little mare can!
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Although no longer jumping Immi is far from taking it easy we have thrown ourselves into TWO brand new careers, one is showing in which Immi is showing huge promise, she has qualified for Equifest and in her first showing show she not only took reserve in-hand champion she then placed first in all 3 of her ridden classes and came away with champion ridden horse for the whole day a huge achievement as showing is not something I’ve ever really attempted before.
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We have also taken up a brand new challenge in riding side saddle this has been a dream of mine for many years and i was completely thrilled to be given the opportunity to try it on my horse of a lifetime. And i am so happy to say that Immi has taken to it like a duck to water she has well and truly proved herself to be the ultimate allrounder we are planning on finishing this season on a high with Immi going to the regional veteran horse championship and then training hard over the winter to campaign for novice side saddle champion next year.
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So still plenty going on the world of my horses, Lucy will start off with a few british novice’s and will then have some rest time over winter, hunting and having fun before coming back for her first fully competitive season next year it all GO GO GO
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I really can’t thank Likit enough for everything have have done for me and Immi over this year it has been a true pleasure to represent them and i will continue to do so through their products we received.
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Written by Freya Rooke, #teamlikit at 15:00, 29 August 2015
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