The climax of my 2017 season was the Young Rider Europeans. I chose to take Lara and had an amazing time in Roosendaal, Holland. Lara did the best trot work that we have ever got in the test and felt amazing to ride and work with, then when we went into canter were a little out of sync which meant mistakes in my changes, which affected our scores. However we did not disgrace ourselves and posted respectable scores for Team Ireland. The German and Dutch teams were unbelievable and truly inspiring. Their accuracy, consistency and power were another league and I watched them as much as I could hoping some of the talent might “sink in”!
Since then both horses have been having an easier time and just stretching and hacking, so I have been making the most of the time to get other things done. My HGV I took a few weeks later and really enjoyed the challenge and passed with 5 minors. Looking forward to driving the horses to shows in the bigger lorries!
At the end of August, I visited the Divine Equestrian stand at the Midway championships. It was lovely to meet Carrie and the team and the stand was amazing! I spent over an hour admiring all of the shiny and sparkly goods. My favourite was the hats, two of my favourite brands, Uvex and Kask. Becoming very tempted by the Kask hats, I am sure it won’t be long until I am wearing one! There was such a variety of colour and most customers that came into the stand (knowing what they wanted to buy) left with so much more! It was such a nice atmosphere and highly recommend going and visiting the Divine Equestrian stand and Carrie whenever they are out and about. They are extremely helpful and accommodating.
This week I am heading over the Cavan Equestrian Centre in Ireland for the Dressage Ireland National Championships. I am not competing this year but have the pleasure of scribing. I have been put in the write for the Grand Prix which I am thrilled about. Good luck to everyone who is competing and I am looking forward to catching up with everyone, in my smarted Divine Equestrian gear of course!
Alex Baker, 25 year old Irish international dressage rider; works for Anna Ross. Competing International Grand Prix. Keep up to date with my progress!