6 years

6 years ago, I made one of the best decisions ever. I bought Buddy.

When I was looking for my next partner-in-crime, I said I wanted an all-rounder. He’s certainly proved to be that! We’ve tried so many different things in the past 6 years.

There have been amazing highs, crashing lows and more broken bits. We’ve had so many ’firsts’ together. We’ve been to so many new places. Met so many people. Had so many experiences.

In many ways, we haven’t achieved what I set out to do. But in others, we’ve achieved more than I dared to dream.

Who’d have thought we’d be good at sidesaddle? Or represent our riding club at the National Championships. Or win a trophy at the Norfolk Show. Just goes to show that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

It also goes to show how far we’ve come that we were casually popping a 110cm oxer at the end of a grid today in our lesson.

I’ve owned Buddy half of his life now. He is and will always be ‘My Absolute Diamond’. And I couldn’t love him more if I tried.