Suzi Hext - Against the Odds - Brand Ambassador
First and foremost, a massive thank you to B&W Equine vets for choosing me as the ‘Against the odds’ brand ambassador 2017. The support means a huge amount to me and it is going to help me on my journey over the coming year, not only that but the having valuable expertise of the B&W Vets at my fingertips.
I apologise for the late update, however, the last month has been a complete whirlwind. I have no complaints though, the last month has been what dreams are made of- competing at Deauville and Waregem CPEDI*** Para Internationals, riding in a demo with Pammy Hutton at Badminton Horse Trials and having a well needed trip home to my parents in Cornwall.
A Surreal feeling…
The horses are on great form and they both managed to secure some very exciting results abroad. LJT Enggaards Solitaire (Sid) won the Individual CPEDI*** test and the Nations Cup team competition in Deauville, and the legendary Abira went on to win the Individual and Freestyle CPEDI*** tests in Waregem and our Nations Cup team ended up coming third.
This hasn’t happened without a few blips along the way- probably the most spectacular being, falling out of my scooter and getting caught on it and dragged which nearly resulted in taking out a group of Belgium Para athletes (we laughed about it after, although at the time it was less than ideal), I was certainly keeping everyone on their toes/ giving them a few more grey hairs. Secondly, forgetting my dressage test in Deauville (for the first time since I was in Pony club), and lastly Sid having an untimely massive spook in the arena familiarisation, because the organisers suddenly turned on some very noisy loud speakers.
The most surreal part of the last two internationals was definitely having the national anthem played in prize giving. I was also blown away, by the incredible team atmosphere, and unbelievable support we all had from the World Class support team, something I didn’t have the luxury of last year and I’m hugely grateful for and I’m feeling the benefit of this year.
My smile couldn't have stretched any further across my face in the demo at Badminton Horse Trials on Amo... Cloud 9 doesn't even cover it! I've fulfilled a massive childhood dream and a huge tick off the bucket list!
The two days were full of fun, great banter and all of us enjoying what we do, which is what it's all about. What a privilege it was to ride in the main arena alongside Anne Dunham OBE, Pippa Hutton, Alice Dunsdon, and Daisy Cotton.
Amo has taken me from Novice to PSG and now Badminton- how many horses do that, especially with a para rider on board! Thank you Pammy Hutton and Lucile for letting me ride her.
The other day I had a bit of a reality check in my hospital appointment at the John Radcliffe, where one of the team who have looked after me since my accident was quite firm on me, and made me sit back and realise not only how far I've come, but what I've achieved and the fact that I'm very lucky to be doing what I am after such a horrific accident. She was totally right, and it's definitely made me take a step back again and look at how lucky I am in so many ways.
Time out in Cornwall…
After the demo on the Friday I drove straight home to my parents in Cornwall. I hadn’t been home for a while, my body certainly needed the rest time and it was lovely to spend some time with my gorgeous niece and nephew on the beach! The doctors said I was low on Vitamin D, so I decided this was the perfect excuse to enjoy the sun!
It’s been a couple of months since I stopped working for the B&W Equine vets. It still feels slightly strange not going in, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it, however, at the time it was most definitely the right move. Although I couldn’t resist a bit of Badminton vet area set up with Bec at my favourite time of year!
The next few months are jam packed with competing, training, and trying to fit in some rest time!! Yes, that’s right even I admit after all this time that I’m not superwomen! I am certainly under orders to preserve my body! The help from B&W Equine Vets will go towards some of my up and coming entries with Sid and Abira. Fingers and hooves crossed!
‘Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits’…