So nice to spend some time in Fontainebleau again, where I tried 3 lovely horses on Edouard's super arena that is cut out of the forest in Barbizon. RUBYNEA is just one of the nicest horses I have ever jumped, a 10 year old stallion by LORD CALANDO, out of the fantastic NIMMERDOOR, VOLTAIRE dam lines. Edouard has competed in 1.50 classes on this horse, but is now backing off riding a bit now, and maybe I could bring him to Australia if I can find the cash! He is an approved stallion, and best of all as far as I'm concerned, has a lovely, laidback character that I think is so important for any competition horse.
So after a few days riding and jumping this guy, I headed up to Holland and spent a day with Susi Schwetje, who spent some time riding with us last year, and had a ride on her lovely little stallion, OBJET D'AMOUR. In the afternoon we went and visited Edwina Alexander at Stal Tops, and I finally saw her new little superstar, ITOT DU CHATEAU in the flesh. What a little powerhouse he is, and Edwina is so excited to realise her dream of going to an Olympics. Then a visit to Kevin and Anita Bacon, who are still enjoying life, and breeding palomino sporthorses!
Then to Aachen the next day to see the wonderful show, and get fitted for some new stuff from one of my great sponsors GPA, who have now gone onto super, lightweight riding jackets and shirts, as well as helmets. Also caught up with ex Aussie Robert Hines and Fiona, who are still in good form, and also George Morris, who said he will come to Australia again in January to do Clinics, so that will be something not to be missed! That day US rider Laura Kraut ran a close 2nd to France's Roger Yves Bost in the big class, the Grand Prix of Europe. Nice to hear a different anthem than the German one played for once!
Now in the UK at David and Jacky Green's, but via Rowan Willis, who has kindly lent me a car, and who is riding in great form on some nice, but some not so easy, horses of Freddy Welch's. Then head home on the 9th, so back to the grindstone then..