I am very excited to share with you all that Doringcourt, myself and my partner Brett Davey are now based at my wonderful trainer of 9 years Leonie Bramall and her partner Volker Dusche’s beautiful stable in Hannover, Germany.
2013 has been a life changing year for me. From making the decision in January that it was time for Doringcourt and I to relocate to Europe to further our training, knowledge, skills and aspirations of Representing New Zealand on the International Dressage circuit to living here today. It has involved a lot of planning and work to make this dream become a reality. It has been a very exciting few months for me but at times heartbreaking and very character building with a lot of sacrifices made in order to pursue my dreams. One that has been the hardest was having to let go of (for now) my wonderful business and amazing pupils who I miss dearly. Also having to say goodbye to my first horse, Northern Fortuous who I shared much success with and trained through to baby Grand Prix. However, as heartbreaking as it was I am so lucky to have found him the perfect home in Australia. I am so proud to see him going so well with his new owner and rider Karen Crommelin. A few weeks ago they were named Small Tour Champions at the Armidale Dressage Festival.
I have thoroughly enjoyed been based in Holland for the past few months. It was a special time for me to catch up with my Dutch family and learn about the Dutch culture and back ground of our family tree. They are such happy, house proud, colourful people and I enjoyed every minute of my experience. My partner Brett Davey joined me in Holland 6 weeks ago to also further his riding career and knowledge. Brett managed to pick up some work in the short time we were in Holland breaking in some beautiful horses and doing a wonderful job. My Mum has also had a wonderful 6 week trip around Europe and was extremely happy to be reunited with Doringcourt.
Even through we arrived in Europe more towards the end of Summer we managed to see some of the big shows. A highlight for me was going to support the Kiwi’s at Bokelo International Three Day Event. We were very proud when Lizzie Brown came out on top and Mark Todd in third place in a world class field. It was also great to go to the first indoor show of the Winter with some visiting New Zealanders. It was a show purely for a selected few riders to compete their Small and Big Tour Freestyle to Music. At half time we were treated to a clinic by Anky Van Grunsven teaching one of her pupils.
As amazing as Holland has been, my heart is in Germany. I have had the privilege of training with Leonie Bramall for the past 9 years. Everything I know she has taught me. She has so much belief in Doringcourt and I, as I do her and she challenges Doringcourt and I every day to learn more and become better athletes.
When I am at Leonie and Volker’s I feel like I am at University doing a degree in Dressage. I am so lucky and excited to have such knowledgeable people that surround me to teach and guide towards achieving my dreams.
Doringcourt is feeling and looking fantastic. He is such a special character who has adapted so easily to the Northern Hempisphere life. He flew to Europe like it was a trip down the road in the horse truck. He has a lot of positive energy and is getting stronger in his body by the day. I am looking forward to consolidating in our training over the German Winter and I look forward to tackling the competition arena early next year.
So many life lessons learnt for me this year! I have found out it is very important to always follow your gut instinct and my number one rule in life is to work hard, believe in yourself and most importantly remain humble. I would like to thank my Sponsors, Family and Friends and those who are interested in my adventure and are always sending me lovely messages and emails. I have a great support network and I am so very grateful to each and everyone of you. For me my journey begins now and I will leave you all with this amazing quote.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Every thing else in secondary”. Steve Jobs