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Nikki Baker - Showjumping

Wow September is over already!  So, September has been a slightly different month to the others. It started off well with Dorchester County Show, both horses jumped great and came home with placings! Then..... I gave them both a weekend off as they had had a few weekends jumping , I went to ride Bella on the Monday morning and within a second I knew she wasn't right. Duncan was there within an hour and sadly agreed with what I had thought and said she may have done her suspensory ligament ?? so bandage and box rest it was! When Duncan returned a week later we scanned and x rayed and everything was looking good and decided it wasn't her suspensory, and she was a lot sounder, so it's all a little bit of a mystery at the moment and she's just having a few hours in the field to keep her sane and waiting for Duncan’s return!

So my next bit of news.... as many of you know my top horse Mr Willoughby is an absolute legend in his own right! He has won over £50,000 in his showjumping career and owes me nothing, so I’ve decided to retire him from jumping at the level he has been. I'm very lucky to have found a great girl who we have taught for many years to have some fun at lower level with him! He's staying with me on the yard, but will enjoy fun rides, small BS shows and just having general fun as he's still so fit and well! 

So just as I was thinking I'm going to be having a quiet winter I have gained the ride on a very special 6 year old horse, so once we get to a few shows I'll you guys know how it's going! Also Arkie who I have done a few working hunter classes on is going to join me at a few BS shows to hopefully grow in confidence with his jumping! I have a few other young horses to take out and about so I'll keep you all posted in next months blog! I hope you've all had a great month, and good luck for the coming weeks.

 Nikki xxx

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