I'm not really starting this in chronological order.....mainly because it's impossible and will take too long to get to the bit where Will and I are engaged! He was hugely romantic and proposed here at home.....having sourced the most beautiful ring for me back in December and rather unfortunately been carrying it around with him trying to find an opportune moment to pop the question in our favourite spot at home. I say 'unfortunately' because apparently every time he attempted to drag me off across the fields I would be heading off teaching/competing or riding yet another horse!
Bored of waiting Will finally told me that the deer had damaged many of the trees we had painstakingly planted in December - so I strode across the fields with him in tow, admittedly with me cursing loudly, ready to assess the damage. Happily, I found Will on one knee instead and all trees alive and well! I don't know if anyone else has ever been proposed to whilst clad in breeches and a riding hat before, or been so utterly taken by surprise! 2015 has started pretty well and we will plan our wedding for later in the year. Yippee!
Another exciting development is my partnership with Viv Gleave and joint ownership of the wonderful stallion Durable. He is a seven year old by Speilberg, standing at 17.3hh. He already boasts four year old Young Horse Championship titles to his name and is the father of the beautiful two year old, Reuben, that I bought last summer. He is a spectacular moving horse with unlimited potential and a dream to ride. I have taken him out to a couple of local competitions and he is proving to be a real head turner. My sister came to watch him compete with my niece, Millie, who immediately has become a Danny fan - not only did she insist on riding him round the car park bareback but her rocking horse has been christened in his honour! I'm really looking forward to showing him off this year and hopefully he can feature in a video or two on Horse Hero!
I have had a really busy February with horses taking part in Regional Championships. Yogi and Ardie went to Merrist Wood for Advanced Medium and Freestyle to Music classes - the wonderful 'DJ' Ros Kay accompanied me as she had written floor plans and set music for the pair of them. Yogi was 'dancing' to Kung Fu Panda tunes whilst Ardie pranced to the Game of Thrones soundtrack - I'm a huge fan and it's incredibly atmospheric, to boot. The boys were great, rather fresh to say the least and Yogi thought monsters hid beneath all the banners but they managed to hold it together and both qualified for the Nationals. Ros was over the moon that her Freestyles were so well received - she has only been producing them for a year but has such a flair for it that Tom Hunt had better watch out - Ros is definitely the new kid on the block.....!
To finish off a fabulous couple of months, Will and I escaped for a weekend to Norfolk - beautiful meals, log fires, yet more champagne and walks on the beach with a rare bit of time together. Wonderful as it was to take the two little dogs with us breakfast in bed was definitely out as they insisted on sleeping on our heads! Will now has a week off at home so I'm busy planning a long list of jobs that need doing around the place - I'll think he'll need a holiday after we've finished!