Hartpury graduate and Equine Academy scholar Georgia Cabb, who is returning to Hartpury to study a masters degree, reflects on a successful summer competing with her horse Casper:
Casper is my consistent little grey horse who now 15 years old and I had him at Hartpury with me for my whole three-year journey there.
We bought him the day I arrived in September 2016, so everything was new to me having to settle into life at Hartpury and get used to this sensitive little horse we had just bought.
Anyway, on to recent times...
I unfortunately broke my ankle in December competing at the Hartpury Winter Classic 2018, which forced me and Casper to stop competing for three months!
With the amazing support from the Academy, including having top physio sessions with Adam Gaunt and strength and conditioning with Meganwy Roberts as well as riding sessions with Lizzel Winter and Corrine Bracken, we were very soon back on track and better than ever before.
My first show back on Casper in March this year was at Hartpury where we won our class and have since gone from strength to strength.
We competed at the Blue Chip Championships in April where we qualified for the 1.25m DDS Championship.
We then went on to Chepstow CSI International in April where we gained a fourth and a second-placed finish in the Gold Tour Classes.
In June, we went to Bolesworth where Casper and I gained two fantastic wins in the 1.20m classes.
The next stop was Royal Cheshire County where we continued our winning form, in the 1.25m Jump Off Class.
We then went on to the British Masters CSI where Casper and I picked up a respectable fourth place at the beginning of the show, then on Grand Prix day we took the win in the CSI Am-B Final.
We then went back to South View EC to take second in the Young Riders U21s. We decided to head back to Hartpury for the Hartpury Summer Spectacular where we stepped up our level, coming out with a double clear and seventh in the National 1.30m in good company.
Casper is now having a well-deserved holiday in the field until we begin to prepare for Chepstow Summer International at end of August!
Picture: Georgia Cabb and Casper