For the past 10 days I have been training with Dutch Olympic Rider, Arjen Teeuwissen, in Belgium. We arrived here in the snow on Wednesday 2nd December and finally we could relax and enjoy the trip which had been quite stressful up until now. The stables are amazing and everyone has been very welcoming. Mum and I live above the stables, which we love as it means no going out in the freezing cold. Just behind Donnabella’s stable is their own horse shop, Royal Horse Outlet, which is full of Kingland and GPA gear at much cheaper prices! There is so many beautiful things in the shop and i’m sure we will need another suitcase to get home!
I have been able to have a lesson with Arjen almost everyday and Donnabella is improving so much. I have been learning heaps and i’m really happy with how she is going. Donnabella is very happy here, she loves all the food she gets and has made friends with a chocolate labrador, Hillary. It has been warming up over the last few days and the snow that we arrived in has now all melted. So today I could have my lesson outside, in a proper size arena, where I could run through my test. After my lesson I rode Donnabella around the property and I think she was very suprised to see the sky again!
Its not long until to competiton now, Sunday she will have the day off, then Monday a lesson, Tuesday morning one last lesson before we head off to Frankfurt in the afternoon. The competition will begin on Wednesday with the Trot up, then Thursday the PSG, Friday the Individual test and Saturday or Sunday the Freestyle! It’s going to be a big week ahead, i’ll keep everyone updated.
Stable Entrance The Castle and Frozen Lake
Donnabella and the Castle Going for a walk
Hillary watching Donnabella Riding outside