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Author: Lisa McKendry

It feels like the season has only just begun, but so much has been learned and achieved, and we are now winding down to the end of the year… It’s been an exciting year, both in and out of eventing, as I’ve fully set up my business by basing myself at a fabulous local yard, with every facility I could possibly need! I’ve had a great time meeting and working with a lot of lovely new clients (human & equine!) and I’m looking forward to expanding further, with more teaching  and riding opportunities throughout the winter – especially the teaching, which I enjoy hugely. My 3 competing event horses have been absolutely smashing it this year. Yes, there have been a couple of ‘bumps in the road’, but overall they’ve been making great progress, and it has been so exciting to have stepped them all up a few levels, with success. I have been getting great experience riding them all around a number of beautiful events, and I feel that my partnership with each one has grown so much that it’s felt easy to gain some of the results and confident runs we’ve had together. All 3 feel very established at Novice level, and definitely give me the feeling that there is a lot more to look forward to… Possibly the most exciting bit of news from this year, is that I have been fortunate enough to have found the wonderful Janet Coe, as co-owner for my super grey horse CARRICK DIAMOND BARD (Gerry), and he has certainly put himself at the top of my string with his incredible progress and results this year (see below). He will be aimed for Blenheim CCI-4*S 8/9yo championships next September – fingers crossed! I still have 5 events left, but here is a quick round up of each horse’s progress & notable results this year: Jane Bailey’s ROCK SOLID consolidated at Novice level, putting previous SJ form behind him to claim 2nd & 3rd places, finishing on his dressage score on both occasions! He moved up to Intermediate-Novice level as we qualified for a couple of Novice Championship Regional Finals, and was impressive as he stepped up. He tackled his first CCI-2*-L at Hartpury International in August, and did a near-perfect dressage test and flew inside the time on the XC, just finishing up in the top 50% after a couple of rails SJ, but gaining a qualification and some FEI points. Becky Diamond’s HOCUS POCUS (Hugo) moved up to Novice level in April, and did it in style, finishing on his dressage score in 8th place! Since then he has continued to gain experience, impressing us all with a perfect, calm SJ round in the main arena at Barbury, and topped off by an exciting 2nd place at Wilton, on a great dressage score of 26! He then contested his first CCI-2*-S at Gatcombe International, and once again added nothing to his dressage score, finishing 19th/99 starters in his section – being 1 of just 10 from all 150 2* horses to finish on their dressage scores! My own & Janet Coe’s CARRICK DIAMOND BARD (Gerry) has had a fairly meteoric rise up the eventing grades – he only did 1 unaffiliated 90 event last October, but this year progressed through 1 BE100, 5 Novices, 1 CCI-2*-L & 4 Intermediates! Apart from a green stop on the XC at Hartpury in the 2*, he has picked up qualifying runs everywhere else, was placed at his first BE100 & Novice level events, and recently finished 5th in a tough Intermediate section at Pontispool. Very excited about him at just 7yo! My 5yo RATHNAGEERA AUSSIE had a long summer holiday, and has come back on brilliant form, so he will look to do a small handful of events before the season finishes, so that he has a good base of experience for next season. I’m taking him very carefully, but his brain is fantastic and he seems to find everything ridiculously easy! He thinks he’s already on for Burghley, but I’ve said he needs to wait a few more years… The main aim of the year is that all horses (and rider) come out happy and sound, so fingers crossed for a successful but SAFE finish to the season, before I head off for my first holiday in 4 years of working with horses. The 3 main horses are all aiming to finish off by running in the CCI-2*-S at Bicton International, so hopefully we can go out with a bang. Thanks for reading,  Alex....

Continuing our relationship with BEU18 Scotland, we are delighted to be part of the Scotland Youth Eventing Points Prize scheme. These prizes cover BE80. 90. 100 and Novice, with each winner receiving a £200 training bursary.  FOMO has chosen to sponsor the Novice category and are excited to be involved in such a worthwhile initiative.   The prizes are open to all who are registered on the Scottish 12-21 programme and will take into account all aspects of the sport when choosing the winners, such as attendance at training, general progress as well as success in BE competitions.  This ensures that everyone has a fair chance of winning and rewards hard work and commitment as well as competitive success.   The way it works: Points will be awarded for the top 10 placings in all Scottish BE events (not just 18 sections) and for double clears and sub-30 dressage scores as well as participation in BE training events and volunteering at Scottish BE events.  This means those involved can start now and build up points throughout the winter, with winners being announced at the 2020 BE ball.   So riders, there is lots to play for and lots of time to build up points, with regular updates being posted on the Scottish BEU18 Facebook page and also in their regular newsletters.  It will be exciting to see how the competition progresses and whose in contention throughout so please keep following and sharing when you can.   FOMO wish everyone involved the very best of luck!  ...

FOMO are delighted to announce their sponsorship of the British Eventing Scotland U18 team.  We are a young energetic, ambitious brand and are excited to be sponsoring a world class and equally ambitious team; believing our brand and the British Eventing Scotland U18 team are a perfect fit!  Read on to learn more about us and to see the list of who has been selected for the U18 teams below.   For those of you who have never heard of FOMO, we are a revolutionary body protection company, with our award-winning FAZE 100 Ladies range due to launch in August of this year, with the men’s shortly after.   So what makes us different? Envisage wrapping your body in a soft adaptive foam that moulds to your shape and instantly hardens on impact.  Our solutions are flexible, breathable and easy to adjust. The innovative foam, panelling and adjustment mechanism provides a solution that puts safety first without compromising on your comfort.  It helps to remove the fear of falling, allowing you to perform at your best; the FAZE 100 range will surpass your expectations...