Oh my gosh the count down begins with only 7 sleeps to go!
Life continues to be very hectic whilst trying to organising for our departure next Wednesday night.
Last night our Campaign Aachen / Tryon online auction went live. Thank you to every single person who has donated gifts and prizes to make this online auction possible. I would also like to thank Claire Earle, Georgie Lorson and my super groom / personal assistant Izzy Dunne for putting this auction together in such a short time. Please make sure you check the auction on Nominate. The link is available on my website at www.christinebateseventing.com under the 'donations’ drop down menu. You can also clink on the link https://www.nominate.com.au/auction/default.aspx?AuctionID=45#i the great thing about the auction is there is something for everyone and its not just all horsey stuff.
In other exciting news Adelaide and I have been selected as the first recipient of a new and exciting travel assistance from Sarah Nevile. Many of you may not know Sarah personally but most will be very familiar to Sarah’s distinct voice. Sarah has been the commentator at Melbourne International Three Day Event for many years and is an avid supporter of Australian eventing. Not only is this new travel assistance helping Adelaide and I chase our dreams overseas it will now also help other Elite riders in the future wanting to travel and compete internationally. Sarah intends to support an elite Australian based Event Rider every 2 years, her goal is to help ease the financial burden on the rider trying to gain WEG or Olympic selection. Thank you, Sarah for your amazing and un expected financial support of Adelaide and I as well as the continued growth of horses and riders within Australia in the future.
Thank you to Equestrian Australia, through the International Competition Development Fund and the High Performance Program for the unbelievable support. We could never have put this trip together so quickly without your help of the team; Chris Webb, Gina Haddad and Michelle Graham. Adelaide and I are so appreciative of the financial assistance you have given to us in our quest to gain selection at Aachen and Tryon. The administrative supportive has also played a huge part in organising this trip in such a short space of time. Thank you to the super team of vets Nathan Anthony and Robin Bell for making sure that Adelaide is fighting fit and ready to perform at his best. Great Team Effort, thanks again Equestrian Australia.
We had an awesome two days at the Bates Ultimate Training Clinics with many new faces coming and taking advantage of some great coaching and getting in those important show-jumping and cross country training rounds. Although it did feel like we really all should have been on the ski slopes in our ski clothes with the chilly winds, it was still a fun filled day with lots of happy, smiley riders. The Bates clinic also helped to raise just over $2000 for the Campaign Aachen / Tryon fundraising.
Well I’m off now to go and do more packing, weighing and labelling.
Will update you all again soon.
Christine & Adelaide.