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Victoria Bax finishes with a flourish!

 

We catch up with Victoria Bax, as she re-caps over the highs and lows of 2014...

"Overall 2014 was a pretty good year for me and my team and especially better than 2013 for a number of reasons!  Although there will always be a handful of downs just to level things out a bit!"

"My year started with my comeback to Eventing with my top horse Crystal Ka following our horrendous rotational fall in 2013 which saw me undergo major abdominal surgery and a two week stay in The Royal London hospital. Thankfully after a winter of training with my NLP trainer Lucy Thompson we made our comeback at Great Witchingham in the Novice section to finish in 3rd spot which I was thrilled with.  Following this confidence run, we soon returned to not only Intermediate level but to top 10 placings at Intermediate level too.  In between eventing we managed to qualify for the medium BD Regional Finals.  We decided to compete at the Keysoe Regionals and managed a good effort to finish mid way through the class.  Following this we travelled to Barbury International where we confidently completed the CIC2* which I was thrilled with considering the carnage it caused many other competitiors.  We completed a handful more Intermediate classes then onto South of England CIC2* where sadly things didn't go to plan and we fell early on the Xc so that was our Eventing year over."

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"Things didn't get any better for Crysto as sadly during his end of season holiday, we got ourselves two new Border Collie pups who annoyingly managed to get out and chase him across the field resulting in a minor injury to his Check ligament so he has been on an extended winter holiday.  Thankfully he has just been given the all clear to return to work so fingers crossed he will be out Eventing around April time."

"If that wasn't enough excitement, my 6 year old Forrest made his debut Eventing career.  He completed 2 BE90's with top 10 placings then swiftly moved up to BE100 for the remainder of the year including again some top 10 placings for him without a Xc fault to his name all year.  I have high hopes for this little guy next season."

"Popps' year started well as she had previously been so consistent at BE100 we made the move up to the Novice very successfully, with a double clear and earning a point in her first, but sadly things went downhill from there which eventually led to her retirement from Eventing and the start of a pure showjumping career for her.  She has had many health and body issues which contributed to the decision which we made, but she is happily competing in Newcomer and 1.15m classes at present with the aim of moving up to Foxhunter very soon."

"Due to this decision, we took a trip to the Ascot Sales in June to hopefully find my next team member.  We had a great day and in fact returned home with two young tb's; 4 year old Tilly and 5 year old Milli. They have progressed well over the last 6 months and I hope that they will both make their debut on the eventing circuit during the forthcoming season. Lastly don't forget my youngest, Frankie who will also start coming out to play soon having returned successfully to ridden work following his holiday after being backed."

"Here's to a successful year for one and all!"

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