An early lunch

I’m on my way to London’s Glittering West End (when was it ever that?) for a working lunch with an Ad Agency.

I love Ad Agency lunches, they’re either ‘M&S sandwiches in the conference room while half-a-dozen creatives workshop the concept to death’ or ‘all expenses paid slap-up feeding-trough fests’.

Sadly today will be the former, it’s a music-related thing.

And then straight to the yard afterwards, to sit on an equine or two.

I got a deliciously curt text from Owen yesterday that, in a nutshell, said: ‘Lesson. Sunday morning’, to which I could only respond ‘Yes please!’.

I feel sorry for the professionals at this time of the year. They’re getting their (or their owners) horses going, they’re focussing their four-star horses on Badminton Horse Trials (which comes very early in the season this year – end of March!) whilst bringing their less-experienced equines in to lower-level competitions, which have already started.

I think Owen is aiming two of his rides at this year’s Badminton and he’s got eight others at various lower levels.

So that makes him a busy guy.

And then there’s amateurs like me who are desperate for 45 minutes of his time to rub some more rough edges off, and hopefully apply a thin veneer of polish which we hope everyone else won’t be able to see through.

There is just over a week to go to our (Tom and me) first One Day Event, it’s swung around so quickly it’s frightening!

There are five horses based at our yard who are competing at the same Event (out of a field of 499 entries), and Owen is riding two of them. Not at the same time, obv.

Next Friday will be phenomenally busy at the yard. The five competing horses will be bathed and groomed and trimmed and generally tarted up to within an inch of their lives.

Elsewhere, the tack will be broken down, cleaned, oiled, reassembled and put carefully ready for the following day.

I’ll take the lorry out, fill it up with diesel, polish my boots, make sure the required clothing is laid out in the living accommodation, and try to fit in a double lap of the gallops with Tom – probably while they’re working on the other horses.

As I said, it’s come around frighteningly fast.

I shall make use of the rest of the journey in to London to learn, once again, the dressage test.

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4 Responses to An early lunch

  1. Hey Dobbin Meister…… you sound like you are going to be great at the event. A bit of nervousness always enhances performance.

    On another note, you will be glad to know that I listened to my first podcast today. It was the one with John de Loath (or John deLoath – I couldn’t work it out). Very impressive indeed.

    So it has got me wondering about exactly what you ‘do’; one minute you are spurring horses over fences, the next you are meeting ‘ad agencies’, the next you are writing scripts, and then once that is all done, you are producing podcasts with references to lots of undiscovered bands. CRIKEY. You are an enigma, wrapped in a mystery, whilst being shrouded in something else that is very secretive.

    Fingers in pies, fingers in pies………………!

  2. Masher says:

    Badminton. On horses.

    That’s gotta be worth watching.

  3. Brennig says:

    Masher: Well, it just so happens that the orange boy seems to be coming back in to work nicely. So I could string a net across the indoor arena, you could sit on the orange one and I’d have his big cousin. Five sets? First to 21?

    Annie: Thanks for the words. I suffer from nerves and sometimes forget to let the nerves go which in turn has an adverse affect on my riding which tends to screw up the horse and then we have massive problems and… Sigh.

    Glad you liked the podcast. It’s done for fun to while away an hour on a weekend evening. We have such fun, it’s unrehearsed and unscripted, it amazes me we get through it without cracking up.

    Do? Less than I used to, I have slowed down a lot since a really bad riding accident ten years ago. These days I think too much. Write various things not often enough (or write many things but for insufficient duration much to the annoyance of my agent). Listen to music almost all of the time. Play guitar (badly). Ride and love my horses. Blog. Podcast. Go to gigs. Try to help bands with their coverage, focus and marketing/image. Freelance IT and Management Consultant.

    I’d settle for doing any one of these things *really well*.

  4. Well, I have to say, that if you suffer from nerves, you do a bloody brilliant job of coming across as a confident, witty and engaging person. So it sounds like the riding accident you had knocked the stuffing out of you……… is that right?

    Podcast…. unscripted? You have even more of my respect!