So for those of you that haven't heard I have managed to break myself....Including, nose, teeth and most unfortunately 2 vertebrae in my neck. Not feeling or looking to great. As you will all guess, horse related, rotational fall whilst schooling at home.
So where now.....
Well I have to admit it is my first break when upon arriving at A and E I haven't asked some frustrated and baffled looking doctor how soon it would be until I got back on a horse, stressing that I was the most important person to fix asap as it was my livelihood didn't he know! Actually lay quite patiently for my CT scan with my head nicely strapped down. Firstly, thinking how flipping amazing the guys who work in the NHS are, secondly wondering whether I ever want to get back on a horse, or whether there is more to life and something else out there for me.
So I've spent over a decade, day in day out training, riding, learning any which way I can. Passionately wanting to be the best in a sport I love, which involves incredible creatures. No natural talent, limited finance all the way. Hard work and drive got me further than most belived I'd get, not as far as I'd of liked. Good times though, amazing journey. Encountered some bastards and some amazing people. For a sport, which let's face it is very competitive, now hugely commercial and often lacks loyalties there are some awesome people out there. The riders taking on the good horses I'd been producing come to mind, adament I can have them back if I decide I want to.
The awesome crew at Boomerang, big up Lucy, who had the for thought to unzip and carefully remove my chaps to prevent them from getting cut off, which did unfortunately happen to the rest of my clothes, damn. Lynn for refusing to let me move or rub my neck, saved my ass there, and Russ for trying to ring my mum, managing to knacker my phone in the process! Ps, sorry about the hole I made in the arena, and the tyre marks on the grass.
So, maybe I will see the light and take up a more sensible profession. Going to give home baking a go when I ditch the neck brace, Nigella Moss?! Maybe not but definitely more chance than being Kate Moss. Or maybe not.
For now I have amazing friends, love Laura for coming to see me and doing a face swap using her new phone app. Lots of things to catch up on. Hoping anyone jumping horses i've produced kicks arse, especially Harrison on Matty (Darko Supreme). And to all my friends, foe and competitors, good luck, enjoy the sport we all love, it's dangerous but we all know that.
Ps, ditch the fixed peaks, can't prove it but I swear mine did not help my cause.
So we are heading towards the end of the year, always a good time to reflect on past achievements, lessons learnt and put the goals in place for next year.
I could write a book each and every year on the trials and tribulations of the working showjumper. Mr Stockdale did tell me it was probably the only way I would ever earn a decent sum, by writing about my varied, and often painful equine experiences. However I decided when I was 12 years old that I would be an international showjumper, and that is what Mum and I, with her old trailer and a welsh cob set out to do.
It's been a journey...
So riding for a variety of people, and on many horses [most of which were not designed to jump what I aspired to jump] I have, with some good supporters and eventually awesome horses, jumped internationally and do so now regularly. Living the dream can be frustrating and tiring. Over night trucking, flooded stables, fighting off the odd immigrant and battling with paperwork are all part of the package. A good show, the national anthem if you are super lucky, a few euros in the bank and happy owners are what we aim for.
I could bore you with the injuries, a few screws in my leg, a stitched up chin, which got infected when jumping in France- thank you to Olivia Poole's Mother, nurse in a previous life who sorted that out one year ago in Le Mans. The heart break of losing rides through sales, or worst of all losing a horse to colic- Carnaval Gem 11, never to be forgotten.
For me next year needs to see some of the young ones we have been producing slowly show what they can do. My best friend Weston needs to keep winning me those euros, someone has to pay for the diesel. Some new rides should see me hopefully step up into some bigger classes with success. The select team of loyal supporters are hugely appreciated and need to stay on board to enjoy the ride further.
Aspiring equestrians, keep working at it. If you have tenacity, determination and energy you can achieve. It may not be easy, yet should be so satisfying. Find your inner strength, you will need it, keep your integrity and look after your horses. That's the RM Equine philosophical bit. Signing off for 2015.
Rosie has now moved to Boomerang Stables Nr Hungerford after a successful period based at Cholderton. All of the horses have settled in well and Rosie is looking forward to using the fabulous facilites in a jumping orientated environment. Rosie states 'I am feeling positive it will be the next step in my quest to be the best equestrian that I can be, and produce good horses to the best of my abilites. I am hoping to retain as much business as possible and will be looking for new owners to join me on my journey. I hope that my passion, hardwork and tenacity will lead to a more successful and bigger future as I join this elite training environment.
Rosie would like to thank all of her owners, friends and family for their continued support.
And very importantly Rosie will be available to teach at Tidworth EC for all of her local, valued clients, dates to follow! Watch this space!!!
* VACANCY ** Rosie currently has a vacancy for a Working Pupil/ Groom to be based at Boomerang Stables. Please contact Rosie directly for further information 07765803454
The end of the summer season has finally come. We finished off at the lovely Newbury Show with Galway Bay Moonraker- a super 5yo owned by Sam and Mike Green jumping well in the Newcomers at his first County Show, Weston completing the Area Trial and Darko Supreme making it to round 4 of the 6 bar.
Other notable achievements this season include international placings at Chantilly, Zuidwolde-3rd in the Grandprix and Auvers. The lovely 6yo Caliva had her first 1* results in Auvers and competed in the 6yo classes at Hickstead, for a late starter she has caught up throughout the season very well. Placings at Hickstead including 3rd in the 1m35 championship and a win in the 6 bar at Bath and West took place on home soil.
We look ahead to the indoor season and more international exposure. I would like to thank all our owners and supporters, there is a good team behind RM Equine who are hugely appreciated!
**Rosie also has a vacancy for a working pupil, please get in touch directly with Rosie for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org / 07765803454**
Flintoff 4yr old Stallion by indoctro,out of a Calido mare. Semen available shortly, please contact Rosie for more info!
He has been producing double clears at his first few outings.
Rosie and Darco Supreme (Matty) flew to victory at the Royal Bath and West County Show last month to win the Six Bar class in the Main Arena!
Here are some photographs of the pair of them in action.
Rosie would like to wish Harry Charles the best of luck with his new ride Gold II (Rigo). Rosie states 'I had some fabulous times on Gold, competing at HOYs on him, and winning the 7yos in the CSI at Le Mans. I sincerely hope Harry enjoys him as much as I did'. Best of luck to Peter Charles & Team Murka!
'The atmosphere once again did not disappoint. This year I was lucky enough to have three horses to jump, and took my good friend Miriam Goddard's horse.
We had a great time with lots of placings. My debut ride and drive appearance was not one of my finest moments- most of the cones came down as I drove through the second half of the course in the little french car. However Miriam was awesome, fast in the jumping on Molly and showing some good driving skills too. A good placing and money was gained.
I peaked on the last day with Gold in the Grand prix, gaining a creditable third place. Just beaten by a couple of slightly faster french men.
These foreign shows differ from ours. The riders are particularly fast against the clock. The tracks are built using wide oxers and testing lines. Great education for the horses. We aim to get a couple more shows in abroad before the end of the year. Watch this space. Before then it is Bury farm this week, in good old UK. The competition will be tough there, with lots of good riders supporting this great venue.'
Hampshire based showjumper Rosie Moss qualified Gold II (Rigo) for the Horse of the Year Show by gaining fourth place in the Talent Seekers at Addington Manor EC back in April of this year.
This talented seven- year old gelding is owned by a syndicate put together by Rosie and his previous owners, hence her chance to keep the ride and produce him. Gold II also has his Foxhunter second rounds and other seven year old classes to contend this summer. He is a German bred 16h bay gelding who originally was intended to event, however he had an aversion to dressage. His athleticism and bravery are very useful in the showjumping ring and he is as passionate about his jumping as his rider.
Rosie reflects on her HOYS experience........
'Having missed out narrowly for many years it was rather a triumph to be eventually cantering down that tunnel into the main arena at HOYS. Curtains back and in you go. It was incredibly bright in there, and I thought the track was very strong for a seven year old. However it was obviously built with skill as my horses confidence seemed to grow as the round went on.
I was pleased with how he jumped and look forward to jumping there again one day.
Schooling in the morning before the competition with all the showing people was certainly a surreal experience at 5am in the morning. However well worth the early start as it meant Gold had a good look around the arena before the evenings performance.
The start of the talent seekers was late, hence all day to think about it. I must admit I was glad to finally be on board and jumping at 9.30pm. It was a long late drive back, eventually getting home at 2.30am. Just a couple of hours sleep to be had before setting off for Dunkirk.'
Horse trainer and competitive showjumper based in Penton Mewsey, Hampshire.