Monday, May 22, 2017

Great Britain: Annie Joppe’s endurance blog: ‘he stood stock still with a look of utter amazement’

Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

Annie Joppe
10:55 - 22 May, 2017

Well the decision was made; Fantom was going to Windsor and Dilmun would be prepared for the popular inter-regional enduarance championships in July, this year to be held at Cirencester Park.

All the last-minute preparations were made for Windsor. We had a final training session of approximately 20km around a cross-country course averaging 20kph, a relaxing massage (for Fantom, not me!), and a new set of shoes complete with pads in the front to guard against any random stones with our name on it!

I have to admit that I was looking forward to this event with, shall we say, nervous anticipation. I had a plan! Now in endurance there is a saying that plans are bad as they tempt fate with the endurance gods, but in this case it was vital. Fantom was definitely fit enough and carefully prepared for this particular race, but our long term plan this year is to maximise our chances of being selected for the European Championships and to this end, we needed a solid result without taking any undue risks...

Read more at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/blog/annie-joppes-endurance-blog-stood-stock-still-look-utter-amazement-621236#qH8dK7qTGS4KJbxi.99