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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Floors Castle Horse Trials

My last event was in July 2014, what seems like a lifetime ago!! Although I thoroughly enjoyed all the eventing I did with Thomas, I haven't missed it too much, only really at the start of the season when friends are talking about getting fit again & counting down the weeks to their first event...

However, Floors Castle has always been my favourite event - I love pretty much everything about it from the setting to the style of the cross country course! I always find that volunteers, organisers and everyone involved is also very friendly & helpful.

Even though Louie & I aren't yet out eventing, last year and this year, I've been up to the event to watch and support others who have been taking part. And why wouldn't you, with a view like this!?

This year, after exercising Louie in the morning, Andrew & I headed up to Floors. The drive up through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders was beautiful, with the sun beaming into the car, and bright blue skies all around - thankfully the weather hadn't decided to change its mind back to winter mode!!

One of my friends was competing so I went over to give her a hand getting ready, and enjoy a good catch up after a few months of not seeing each other.

Floors is one of the event that takes the dressage well away from the exciting jumping phases, but does mean it is a bit of a walk, and up a fairly steep hill, Thankfully, gators were on hand to pick up spectators and take them up to the warm up area!

My friend did a very lovely and fluid test, and considering it was her first of the 2016 season, settled right back in with a relaxed rhythm.

There were a couple of hours to wait for showjumping, so we headed out to walk the course - something I'd not done properly since my last event! I was very excited to be doing it, even if it wasn't for me!!

My friend was in the BE90 so I managed to take snaps of the fences along the way - I've added them below.

The showjumpng is set with a beautiful backdrop of the castle, in a lovely big grass arena, and has plenty of space for spectators - they even bring large square bales of straw for people to sit on!! For competitors, there's plenty of room and no tight turns to any showjumps, even the warm up is spacious!!

On to cross country, and it's not very often that I've watched someone that I know go cross country, but you feel the excitement (& nerves!) for them! But it was brilliant to see my friend coming home with a big smile on her face after a confident round inside the time!! Her first event of the season really couldn't have gone better. After working so hard at university, kicking her season off and being bitten again by the eventing bug!!

& here's the photos of the BE90 course!

A photo posted by Sophie Tunnah (@sophiehoult) on

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