Just wanted to give you all a bit of an update after we have had quiet few weeks on the competition front but have been busy training and I have also been doing a few non horsey things which makes a nice change.
All the girls are going very well at the moment.....long may it continue! Diaz, Milli and Roxie have all been out for some jump training over the last few weeks. All of them jumped very well in my lessons with David Pearson-Smith as you can see from the pictures :)
Weekend before last we had a non-horsey morning as I was invited down to the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance site in Marden, which I was quite nervous about. I saw the air ambulance land at a horse competition held at Chilham Park a few years after my accident and it was a very emotional yet un-explainable experience. As we arrived I started feeling a little bit shaky and then when I went round and saw the helicopter I started crying.....not something I do very often! The doctor and paramedics said that this is completely normal. The sight of the helicopter brings back memories to your brain, even if you don't remember what actually happened that day, your brain does apparently! It was a very interesting day and we were chatting to the doctor and paramedics working there that day for about an hour. I was being quizzed well and truly and they found it very interesting finding out what I could and couldn't remember from the day of my accident and also how my recovery has been since. As we were talking about my accident, the pilot came over and he asked when it was, February 2010 was my response and he looked in the book and said, "17th February?" Turns out he was the pilot that flew me to the Royal London Hospital and from what we had said he remembered the day. He was part of the amazing team that saved my life!!! Just as we were about to go out and see inside the helicopter they were called out, so as they like to be up in the air within 4 minutes of receiving each call, they were very quickly up in the air and off they went!
Last Sunday I took part in a 5KM colour run which was organised by the KM Charity Group and we could choose the charity to raise funds for. I obviously chose to run for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and managed to raise a whopping £640 which I'm so pleased about! HUGE thank you to everyone who very kindly donated as this charity means a lot to me!
I completed the run in just over 22 minutes and was first lady to cross the finish line out of the 600 starters (500 adults and 100 children). I was chuffed with my self and although I know 5KM isn't a huge distance to run, when I think back over 6 years ago and with my injuries it was unsure if i'd ever walk again let alone run and do all the riding I do I gave myself a good pat on the back for completing it! I'm actually enjoying doing a bit of running again and despite damage done to my back and pelvis I'm coping better than I thought so who knows I may even do some more....10KM next maybe :) As you can see from the pictures there was definitely a lot of colour during the day and I think all runner were very grateful for the glasses provided before the race began! I love the action shot of me running through the colour dust!
We have a very busy weekend ahead as I am planning on being out competing both days! Saturday we are off to Stratford Hills Horse Trials with Diaz for another BE100 run and then Sunday I'm hoping to take Milli to Cobham for the British Showjumping show that is on.....wish us luck! Hopefully I will have a good report for you next week :)
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