“Team Reggie” started back in October 2009 when Reggie and I were introduced. He was a 9yo ex-racehorse, who’d retired from racing 18 months earlier and had been chilling in a field, recuperating from a racing injury. I was 15, and needed a new horse. My mum’s ‘checklist’ for a new horse read: “15hh-16hh, experienced up to 1.10m eventing”. Reg, at 17hh and only ever raced, was not ideal… However, I fell in love with him almost instantly and his owner allowed us to loan him. This marked the start of Team Reggie!
The following years were a bit tricky. I struggled to find the right questions to ask him, and our SJ was fast, furious and never near clear and our dressage was even faster. He was trying and I was trying, but it was the blind leading the blind! But throughout our struggles, Reg’s owner and my mum and sister kept telling us we were doing just fine: they turned up to every event and cheered us on. They were pros at making 3 poles down and a 47% dressage sound like an Olympic gold! Over the last 2 years, with the help of some amazing instructors, Reg and I turned a corner. He’s an amazing horse and we’re now competing at BE100 confidently- I’m quietly planning a Novice, but the rest of Team Reggie goes a bit pale when I say that…
Last year, we added another ex-racer to the team: Bee (Never Be Cross). She’s little and feisty and she makes me laugh. I hope she turns out to be a bit special- she’s got all the makings of a rather awesome eventer, so fingers crossed!
This blog will chart the weekly progress of the team, and I’ll most likely chat about my jobs as well- I work for a PC family; as a freelance groom; and in the local chip shop to fund my eventing habit (and no, working in the chippy hasn’t diminished my love of fish and chips at all!).