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Still loving my show jumping

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About Me

Ok I get it, you need to know if this blog is worth following as your time is as precious as mine. I am a 54-year-old rider who still loves spending time in the saddle and with horses. In fact, we middle-agers are a growing equestrian market. So if you are a little further up the hill than a teenager but defo not ready to roll down the far side into old age and you still love kicking ass in the saddle then this blog is for you.

My name is Henrietta Forrest I am 54 and I live with my husband and two sons on our small farm in Fife, Scotland.

I have had many horses over the year and as social media has blossomed, I have really enjoyed writing about and photographing them.

I first started a blog back in 2011, writing enthusiastically every week about life on the farm and my ups and downs with my horses. The blog was picked up by the then editor of Horse and Rider magazine, who asked me to write their back-page column for a year which I did and loved it. It was during that year though that I suffered an awkward fall at a show all because of a chip bag! (Long story - won't bore you with it here),  I was unable to really compete for quite some years, during which my enthusiasm for blogging about cooled a little. However as my kids got older I realised that I missed competing and got back into it. Ok I may be a little stiffer in the saddle but I am totally loving show-jumping again, so much so that I bit the bullet and in 2018 bought my first 'proper' new horse in years.

"However in 2018 I bought a fabulous young horse and decided to kick my ass into gear and get back out there.

 

 

From the past into the future

I have been lucky to own and ride so many great horses over the years. Here are just a few of them

Cavalla - the one who made me dare to dream I could showjump.

Out of all the equestrian disciplines showjumping has always been my thing. I love it. As an amateur rider who also works full time I tried my hand at eventing but show jumping drew me back. Over the years I have had several wonderful horses some of which feature below.

Cavalla was my first proper jumping horse. She forgave all my mistakes as she was one of those generous horses who just kept jumping an allowing me to learn. I wish I had one like her now.

 

Cavalla - the one who started off my love for the sport of show jumping
Cavalla - the one who started off my love for the sport of show jumping

Modetia - my horse of a lifetime....

My horse of a lifetime came from the well known Balcormo stud, home of the Low-Mitchell family. I had met Sandra when I bought Cavalla from her. She called me one day and told me she was ' sitting on your horse'. Intrigued I drove over there and fell in love with this little sparky mare. We went on to jump classes I never thought I could and she my dream horse.

 

Modetia - the sparky little mare. She had the heart of a lion.
Modetia - the sparky little mare. She had the heart of a lion.

My galloping grey - Garth - quirky but brilliant....

Getting me back in the game after having my kids was my stunning Garth. He arrived at my yard from Essex and made his presence felt from the moment he stepped of the lorry. A quirky but incredibly talented horse - riding him you felt that there was no fence too big in front of you.

 

Garth, my quirky but brilliant grey
Garth, my quirky but brilliant grey

And into tomorrow....

And so I returned to the sport when my kids were older with the huge, gangly horse His Lordship, known fondly as The BFG. We are getting there slowly!

 

The giant BFG at our first ever show. Photo Adrian Sinclair Photography
The giant BFG at our first ever show. Photo Adrian Sinclair Photography