Bens Badminton Blog!


Our Badminton Horse trials preparations for Galley Light (owned by Elizabeth Collins) are now back on track after a slightly nerve racking few days.

We took Galley to Belton International for the CIC 3* to give him his final run before Badminton. The timing worked well and Belton is always a good strong XC track, ideal to get his (and my!) eye in. We were really pleased with how he went. His dressage test was much better than the previous run although he still finds the flying changes difficult. He jumped very well in the show jumping having just one pole down around a very technical track. Galley flew around the cross country and really enjoyed me letting the hand break off! We quickly got in a really good rhythm, finishing on one of the quickest times of the day.

The slight hick up arose when riding him on Thursday last week. I felt he was not quite level and on closer inspection found that he had got a small infection in his heel.  After 4 days of being poked, prodded and poulticed, along with some great work from Hook Norton Vets the infection has now gone and Galley is back in work. Missing work this close to Badminton has not been ideal. We have got a lot to fit in before next week, including dressage lessons, two trips to Dan Skelton’s gallops, a sports physio session, and a quick XC school.

We are planning to arrive at Badminton on the Tuesday and will be taking our bags of Sports Horse Mix with us along with our nice new Chestnut Horse Feeds rug. We have been drawn number 75 which will mean we have a Friday afternoon dressage. This will give me plenty of time to see how the XC course is riding on Saturday; however it also leaves me with a long wait to keep the nerves under control!

Some of our other horses are off to Withington this weekend for the Intermediate so I will be doing my best to stay in one piece!