Cosmos du Figuier and Langton have recently been flying the flag for ‘Team Bacon’ with runs at Nunney International, Treborough Hill and Upton House, both producing good all round performances in the BE100 classes. Cosmos du Figuier excelled himself at Treborough Hill with a 23.8 dressage mark and a double clear while Langton showed me how much he has grown up, particularly in the cross-country phase, over what was a very nice educational course.
We had a young French girl staying with us for a few days, Sophie Lecouer, who is a junior event rider over there and I enjoyed having an extra pair of ‘riding’ hands as she was able to help with the hacking and schooling and also at the horse trials, which are run differently to those in France. I was very sorry when Sophie had to return to France as she was certainly an asset to the yard and has made me realise that I do need an extra pair of hands, whether in the form of a working pupil or an apprentice who would like to be part of ‘Team Bacon’ with the opportunities to learn and travel to events – please do get in touch, if this may appeal to you.
The two Intermediates horses, Cooley Enno and Well Foxed will both have had a prep run at Aston le Walls before heading to the CIC** competition at Bicton Arena.
My entry for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is in and therefore Jack will now start his build up to his first CCI**** competition with an outing in the OI class at Aston le Walls before heading to the CIC** at Bicton, where with a hilly cross-country course it will be a good fitness run, where I will also be able to test my brakes and with the added advantage of the dressage and show jumping being on a surface.
In the run up to Burghley, I will be working with Tracie Robinson, who for many years was the Team GB eventing dressage coach, with Tracie being able to help me at Burghley this should work well. While I am busy competing the other horses, I am also lucky to have young International dressage rider Phoebe Peters to come and sit on Jack a few times, which will be of great benefit to both of us!!
I have taken Bridge of Diamonds, the Irish 5 year old to a few outings, he has been show jumping at the Unicorn Trust Centre and cross-country schooling at Lyneham Heath, all proving invaluable to his education and him ‘growing’ up and seeing the world.
I was very lucky to spend a few days in France nr. Lyon, where a good friend works for Emmanuel Clayeux, a very successful jumps trainer, who also provides the likes of Nicky Henderson, Gordon Elliot and Willie Mullins with their future NH stars and I was persuaded to ride out a couple of times, which was an interesting experience, very different from the ‘riding out’ I have done for a couple of trainers in the UK.
I recently launched my new website (charlottebaconeventing.co.uk) that has been designed and built Paul Newman from Klick Design and I am thrilled with the finished product as it showcases everyone involved with ‘Team Bacon’ from my loyal owners and sponsors to the home support team that I could not manage without.