In mid-August was the International Horse Show in Saint-Lô followed a week later by the International Horse Show at Auvers, near Carentan, about 40 minutes from home
This great event was enormously exciting because my sister Sarah came over from England with two of her horses to compete. One of the downsides to doing holiday lets is that we now no longer get the opportunity to travel very much, because the school holidays are our peak season. In the summer the girls spend one month with me and one month with their Dad, so our time together is in short supply. They broke up at the beginning of July, but my holidays only start mid-July, then Granny Horse came over for a week and we spent a week at the beach house. Then after a few days at home it was time for the girls to go off to their Dads.
Very kindly though he let me have them home for a day and a night so we could all go and watch my sister compete. There were lots of famous show jumpers there form all over the world: Germany, Holland, Portugal, GB, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Italy, Israel, UAE, Mexico, Brazil, USA, Thailand.
Apparently a lot of the teams from far away are based in Holland and then do the season in Europe.
Team GB included Steven & Joe Whitaker, Geoff & James Billington, Keith Shore, Mathew Sampson, Sophie Fawcett and Chloe Aston. Now it has been 25 years since I have done any show jumping but it was very exciting and there were so many attractive men! These are in such short supply where I live sadly. It is not clear why, but it is a fact.