Team WeatherBeeta rider Jess Dimmock Blogs on her time in Valencia
I was very excited to be leaving a cold wet England for a long road trip to Valencia in Spain for 3 weeks of show jumping in the sunshine.
The lorry was packed to the brim with everything the horses would need for the trip. Not knowing what the weather would be like meant I packed a WeatherBeeta rug for every occasion. This taking up a lot of the room!!
I was travelling for the first time independently with my groom Andy Sinclair.
The trip went pretty smoothly, bar getting lost a few times and having to ask the locals for directions!
We arrived to beautiful sunshine and I got off to a good start with Tyson being well placed in the world ranking class. He continued to jump really well for the whole tour and picked up numerous placings.
Competing in the Word Ranking Classes meant I was jumping against some of the best riders in the world. I found Watching and competing against them an invaluable experience.
My second horse Lambus is an 8 year old that I have high hopes for.
I have had him for a year and produced him slowly. He stepped up to jump the 1.40m classes which was a big step up for him. I was delighted with how he took it on and coped with the bigger classes.
Whitesparke Flame, also known as Minnie at home as she is no bigger than 15h! Being a chestnut mare this doesn’t faze her. She has a lot of self-belief and talent to take on whatever she is faced with! She contended in the six year old classes. The first week she was a bit unlucky with 4 faults each day. She then went on to jump clear every day and picked up numerous placings!
My month in Spain went far too quickly!
I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a fantastic experience, I learnt a lot in all aspects, made some great new friends and even managed to come home with a bit of a tan!
For now it is an easy couple of weeks for the horses before we get underway with the summer season.
With a lovely team of horses I am looking forward to the summer ahead!