I am Emily Philp. I have been Eventing Professionally for Eight years. Currently I have 12 horses that I am Competing for owners. My team of horses for this season consists of 3 Advanced, 3 Intermediate’s and the others at Novice and BE100 level. I also have some horses in for ‘Breaking In’ and Schooling.
For the last few years I have had horses on the Equine Pathway. This is a programme that has been set up by British Eventing to identify talented horses with potential for future British Teams. Through this I have been lucky enough to be coached by some of the top trainers in the country.
We started our 2012 season at Isleham Horse Trials in Cambridgeshire. Here we experienced the highs and lows of this demanding sometimes frustrating sport. We were due to have 4 horses competing, however one pulled a muscle in training the week before so had to be withdrawn.
The other 3 all started off really well doing very good Dressage tests and Show Jumping well to leave them lying in the top three in their sections. The Humdinger was the first to go Cross Country, he went well and finished 8th having picked up a few time penalties. We were pleased with his performance as he is a young horse who is still gaining experience.
Unfortunately Camembert who was lying 2nd got very excited on the way back from the Show Jumping and managed to knock himself badly so was unable to go Cross Country.
Plutonium was competing against some very experienced advanced horses. He was going extremely well Cross Country despite the fact it was snowing, when he stumbled in the water and was unable to negotiate the step out. I therefore retired him.
I am off to Somerford Park in Cheshire tomorrow with two young horses in the BE100. So fingers Crossed they will go well.
I will keep you updated on any news on a regular basis so keep a look out for my next entry!