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Rebecca tells all about Saumur!

Me and Lisci represented GB at our first international abroad in Saumur, France.

I took both Rabbit and Lisci to Addington Premier League and my clients and liverys have enjoyed lots of success.


We all had a amazing time in Saumur at the end of April and it was a great experience. Lisci travelled brilliantly! It was a long journey – just over 2 hours drive to Portsmouth, hours wait at the port then 6 1/2 hours on the Portsmouth to Caen ferry, then another 3 1/2 hours drive onto Saumur. I got her head down on the lorry and soaked her hay well to keep her hydrated.

We had 2 days there before the competition. The weather was like it was in England – freezing at night and not much better during the day! She flew through the trot up.

The first day was the PSG. She was awful in the warm up but good in the test and we were leading after the trot work but then it went a bit wrong… passage in extended walk and no collected walk shown and a mistake in extended canter. The rest of the work was lovely – 12th out of 34 +66%. The Inter 1 was pretty much the same. 2 huge mistakes were very costly and the arena for that test was awful – it’s just sand which ¬†they’d over watered and it had rained so it was like riding along the shoreline at the beach! I could hear Lisci’s feet slapping the ground, I wouldn’t want to ride her on that too much! 11th +66% so very consistent scores. We qualified for the freestyle although that was a complete disaster, I completely messed it up but I’ll learn from my mistakes!!

We had a good journey home and then Lisci enjoyed 5 days in the field.

I had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to go abroad with her again and it was a honour to be selected to compete for GB.

Another thing I realised we need a HGV!

We very nearly didn’t make it… Lisci had a huge nose bleed in the field just under two weeks before so had the vet out who scoped her and took bloods which came back abnormal and her trachea wash wasn’t very good either so she was put on antibiotics and steroids all of which had a short withhold period so were ok to use them for up to three days before the competition. It was touch and go if she’d be able to go as I had to be careful not to over work her. She had 5 days off and then the remaining days I worked her lightly!


I took both Lisci and Rabbit to Addington Premier League. Rabbit was a star and went beautifully in all 3 5yo classes but didn’t get what she deserved.

Lisci was a bit of a drama queen deciding to add her own interpretation of the tests! Friday’s PSG was fairly good, just a bit too tense to score higher. We finished 6th on +68%. Saturday was the Inter 1 where 1x tempis were definitely not required but very well demonstrated as Lisci thought she knew best and took control of the situation! I was not very amused and also decided that instead of doing pirouettes another extended canter was a better idea! We did well to finish 8th +67% considering the major mistakes!

Sunday’s PSG and again Lisci thought she was in charge and learnt the test so was anticipating everything again so not so good although the trot work felt great! I need to get her with me more for next time and a little less switched on might be a good thing – she’s too bright for her own good!

I have also brought myself a broodmare who will hopefully produce me a nice foal next year. She’s called DC (Diamond Collector). She’s by Diamond Hit who is by Don Schufro out of a mare by Sandro. She’s got a lovely temperament and fantastic movement. I’m going to put her in foal to Don Deluxe.

We are also in the process of doing a embryo transfer from Lisci and using Dream Boy for her – it’s going to be so exciting! This time next year can’t wait to see what they’ll be like.