Tuesday 15th of September 2020

THE PROTÉGÉ – Caroline Harris

Caroline Harris reflects on some great Gatcombe results and looks ahead to Osberton

I can’t believe the season is quickly drawing to a close. It has been a fantastic year for Team GBR making a huge turn around and bringing home a very well earned gold medal, it’s all very exciting for the future. Burghley also proved to be a thrilling one and some more superb results for the British riders.

© Caroline Harris – Centrepoint xc schooling

For me I have been busy producing my young horses with my eyes firmly set on their bright futures. We did say a very sad farewell to Gapolio who has been sold to junior rider, Jemima Stratton, and I’ll be following their progress keenly.

Corvette and Hon Fleur have finished their seasons with lovely double clears and picking up placings at BE100.  In fact, Hon Fleur has jumped double at every event she has done. These two will be ready to step up next season but first they deserve a well earned rest  

Gatcombe is one of my favourite events and it didn’t disappoint. I am thrilled to report that all 3 horses I took finished in the top 15 on Super cob (aka Faere Spirit) who is renowned for being cheeky, stepped up to Intermediate to finish in the top ten.  Falko  added yet another double clear and top five finish to his resume in the Novice. And my super 6yo Isington Red Faerie stepped up to do her first 1* doing a beautiful test to score 44 and tried her heart out for me – jumping in some deep deep mud, to finish in the top 15 (out of 100 starters). 

© Caroline Harris – SJ Red Faerie

I’m very excited to be taking Faerie to Osberton (27 Sept-1 Oct) for the 6yo championships.  She is definitely a mare I think a lot of and I’m thrilled for her owners who also bred her, David and Gail Sinclair. 

The past month has been a busy and exciting one on many fronts, including a joint Your Horse training feature photoshoot with Sam Griffiths.  My website has also just been finished and is now live at www.cheventing.co.uk

It looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t thank everyone who was involved in creating it enough.  The other great news is that some brilliant new sponsors have come on board. 

We have teamed up with Devoucoux saddles which I absolutely love, as do my horses; plus two other brands I have used since I started eventing – Gatehouse hats and Rodney Powell body protectors, which are most definitely the best around.  

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