“After injuring my knee and somehow bruising the bones I have been unable to ride for most of the winter which has been pretty awful. So it was a relief to back out again competing this spring.

CDI Sint-Truiden, Belgium was our first show since October. Into The Blue (Dynamo) was his incredible self but a little too eager to avoid mistakes so we ended up 9th place in the Grand Prix Special but he needed that.... and after being off all winter I think I needed that too! It was a great warm up for Saumur CDI3* where I finished in the top ten both days moving up to 6th in the freestyle.

Then a quick turnaround home to get ready for the Royal Windsor Horse Show. To be back performing in a different sport on the same horse was emotional I have to say. The amazing crowd cheered and supported us both and it blew me away! We performed our personal best and came fourth behind Carl, Charlotte and Richard... It was incredible. Dynamo was particularly happy to be stabled next to the one and only Valegro, sharing stories and carrots (begrudgingly I may add!)

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Dynamo’s breeder Mr John Whitaker was in our stable row so I asked him to stand and hold his homebred for a photo! I was honoured to have John and the family came to watch us as well as some of my jumping and showing friends as none of them have seen us in action before! The whole show, from start to finish, organisation and stewards and everything in between, was perfect!

We then had a week at home before the long drive to Denmark for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup out there. Our team finished fifth and I finished seventh individually. I had to manage a terribly excited Dynamo for the Grand Prix, which is less than ideal in the freezing cold, wind and rain! We had a few mistakes which cost us dearly but we made up for those the next day in the freestyle.

Lou xx