We thought we'd catch up with Childéric Ambassador and Olympic Eventer, Gemma Tattersall to find out what she has been up to for the past couple of months and it was fair to say Gemma is certainly an 'international' eventer, although this time without the horses!
"We are part of the way through January and so far, so good! Not too many ground inspections happening...! This time of year, is always challenging: horses getting fitter/clipped and feeling well! Luckily, we have some turnout land, so some ponies do have a little night or two living out under the stars!!
We’ve had a fun winter with a trip to Florida in November for some teaching and time with friends, trips to Universal Studios (one of our favourite places), where we all turn into big kids and have a great time! Then two wonderful days at Olympia with The Brooke charity and doing the Medal parade - very special times.
We were also lucky enough to have a beautiful holiday to India (Goa) over Christmas and New Year. What an amazing place and friendly people. We went as a family and my lovely boyfriend Gary Stevens for ten whole days; wall to wall sunshine, so I’m well photosynthesised for the time being!! I want to thank my team for running the yard when we were away, getting the horses all on fine form and ready to go!
We came back to it with a bang with lots of horses in work and cracking on with training and shows. We have decided this year to go to the showjumping sunshine tour in Vilamoura Portugal. I am lucky enough to have some serious jumpers in my yard: the 6yo MGH Candy Girl (owned by Isabel Fox) and Hot Air (owned by boyfriend Gary Stevens), along with some event horses that need outings and to be brought along. I am very excited to have a new ride Jalapeño, so she is coming along too.
We started our preparations at Crofton Manor, where we had such a good weekend WINNING 3 classes! Hot Air was 2nd on the first day and had two wins on the 2nd day, MGH Candy Girl won the winter 6yo qualifier. Also, many double clears and placings from all the others including Facari MG, Chilli’s Prince and Jalapeño. Our Jess Copsey rode the lovely Summer Stardust to some brilliant clear rounds round the 1.10m and the 6yo, so proud of both of them.
I know everyone likes to hear about Arctic Soul (Spike) he is a VERY happy boy and about to have his giant hairy coat taken off! He is aiming for Badminton again with his best mate Pamero 4 (Pee) who is also very well. Quicklook (Pebbles) is also on fine form and will be aiming for some ERMs.
We now look forward to some jumping at Addington and Bury Farm with some xc schooling in between and then onto Portugal in early February!
Till then, Gem x “
You can read more about Gemma in our exclusive interview HERE.