Today I headed off the the Olympia Horse Show with Laura to finally use her 21st birthday present. Way back in June Laura turned 21 and I wanted to get her something special for birthday and so the obvious choice was tickets to Olympia. We sat and watched all different types of horses and events for 4 hours and returned home exhausted after watching in suspense.
I’ll admit that the thought of going to Olympia has made me nervous for the past few weeks. I didn’t know how I’d feel, what to expect and if I was interested in riding anymore. I haven’t been around riders and horses since I left the society last month, so it felt a little overwhelming when I got up this morning. As always Laura was a little ray of sunshine and her enthusiasm soon got me excited on the way and wondering what it would be like.
I can honestly say I had so much fun. Was I a little sad that I’m not riding any more and may not ride again? Of course I was, but that didn’t stop me enjoying the show jumping. It’s honestly one of the most intense and incredible sports to watch. The most fun to watch was the Shetland Grand National and the cutest was agility for the novice dogs (I even got to meet and have a cuddle with one of the dogs later).
Of course I’m pleased Laura had a great time too, she’s wanted to go to Olympia since she was 14 years old so I’m glad I was able to get her tickets and see her face. She’s been such a huge part of my spinal recovery from the moment I did it (she was the person who was actually there and went in the ambulance with me) and it was great to spark the interest again today.
It’s nice to know what once a year (or twice if I go to Ascot for Ladies Day in June), I can just go somewhere and appreciate horses and professional riders and not feel like I’m missing out. I’m not going to say I’ll never ride again but I won’t even think about it for a good few years, I still have a lot of recovery left and that in itself may take years.
All in all, I had a great day and I think I’ll always love horses. Thanks for a great day Tapps!