The 10th February seemed to arrive with great haste. As much preparation as possible has been done. I had a fantastic lesson with Shane with Doonaveeragh Emma and Luendi, even though I did fly off Luendi through my own fault. The two babies are as prepared as time allowed. Not very ready would be my assessment, but there's no chance of progress if they stay at home.
Everyone has had their teeth done by Duncan Gipson from Equident and chiropractic and acupuncture from Caitlin McCaffrey. All four horses feel fit and well and with some good luck, good riding and strong legs and nerves the next five weeks should be great. Gemma, the horses and I all have smart clothing from Horsezone UK
Currently we we are about to start day three of the journey to Veher de la Frontera. Day one was brutal, a 3am start and we finally arrived with Alison McIvor at 8.30. As alwas we had a warm welcome and a delicious meal and Gemma Jelinska and I had a bed as well. We set off today at 6am with a stop for hay and coffee at 8 and a driver change at 10.30. Gemma and I are travelling with Jake and Luke Saywell and their groom Charlie. We have my four horses, Jakes's four and two for Chloe and Shane. The other 16 Breen horses are 12 hours behind us and two more are on their way from the Ukraine. We'll set off at five this morning and hope to be at the Showground between three and four this afternoon.
Once we left France the drive was beautiful although we have driven through rain and snow. The Pyranees were snow free this year but still stunning and the Spanish drive will be spectacular once it's light!