Kelsey Rothery- Update

7th March 2018

Well my first event was supposed to be the Springbush (Hunua) Horse Trial but the weather forecast was looking to be dire (and predictions were correct!) so the decision was made to cancel on Friday morning, so I elected to put in a late entry to Brookby Showjumping-a decision that proved to be lucky! Gazza tried his hardest over the weekend, and while I only entered 1 class on each day, he won both of them! The first was an Open 1.10m class with around 100 entries, and the ground was absolutely bottomless, so there were heaps of faults. I got completely drenched on Saturday, and I was pretty sure my Prime full seat breeches would never again be fit to be seen in public, I threw them in the washing machine with some Vanish powder and they came up looking like new, and ready to be worn again on Sunday, as I’d decided they are my new lucky breeches and needed to be worn again! Turns out I was right, and he came out and jumped two clear rounds in the LC Forge Caledonian Holdings Amateur rider with a speedy jumpoff to win the title, and a lovely cover! My Cortez shirt also topped off my outfit. (See pic below-sorry it isn’t that clear, it was pouring with rain!)

Two weeks later we headed off to Rotorua HT, where I got to test out my Galtymore Tall boots for the first time-I made the amateur mistake of not wearing them in first, but never to mind, the leather is so soft and supple I didn’t get a single rub or blister-usually my long boots take a year to wear in! I love how fitting they are around the calf (I take a regular calf) and the long, elegant length of them. They polish up beautifully and I can’t wait to get many years of wear out of them-I spot them coming out in brown in the winter catalogue so may have to ask Santa for a pair for Christmas this year! (Nothing wrong with planning 9 months ahead!) Gaz jumped a lovely double clear, I didn’t push for time as I had 4 days of Showjumping coming up the following week, at the new Takapoto Estate Showjumping-more to come on that in the March report. We had a few time faults, but it was our first 1* run for the season and I don’t believe in running for time every competition-a sound, happy horse at the end of the season is essential in eventing.

I am still getting lots of wear out of my Inwood polo shirt and Edge full seat breeches-I just love that colour combination of aqua and navy together. I bought one of our staff the purple polo from the summer drop as well as a present as I get so much wear out of my Dublin polos!

Photo credit: Take The Moment

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