We went for a spot of dressage today at Vale View Equestrian which is near Melton Mowbray and has some fantastic new facilities. I used to do a lot of work at Vale and its always nice to see the gang there. I took William, who sadly did not get to run at Smiths Lawn in the end, as well as Sorina and Boz. Will was a good boy, although in his second test the hedge along the arena was terrifying which was a bit awkward. He was first and second! Sorina used to live at Vale and it showed today. She thought she was in charge and was exceptionally strong. Jockey went wrong in her second test which was silly as it was the only test today that I had called for me!! She went home without any prizes, but its great to know she is feeling so well...think I'll have my work cut out next week at Hartpury though. Boz won the Medium and was a bit cheeky as he can be in the Advanced Medium. I tried the double bridle on him today and I liked it, so it could become a permanent fixture.
Simon Grieve - rider, groom and general dogsbody!