There are now less than eight weeks until the 2020 Science Supplements Cup, and we’d like to introduce Lu and Lily who are sharing their journey with us to this year’s championships!
Hi, I’m Lu Britnell, I’m 43 (eek) married to Mo and have two children, Daisy (11) and Charlie (8).
I’ve ridden for as long as I can remember after my mum got me into it. I started eventing in the Pony Club and caught the bug! Showing my age, I started eventing when Pre Novice started and British Eventing was called British Horse Trials Association! I was lucky enough to take my horse I had on loan through PC up to 2* level when I was 21. Sadly, we lost him just before I had the chance to give Advanced a go. I’d always dreamed of making a British event team but life sometimes takes you in a different direction. So, then it was baby horses, working on yards, running my own yard, working in international racehorse transport. Then I got married and had two amazing children and the eventing dream changed. I’m now perfectly happy at BE100 – they are big enough for me!
I was very lucky to meet a lovely lady called Jane Vaughan six years ago who sadly had to give up riding due to ill health, but asked if I’d like to have a horse she could follow and enjoy watching the journey with and I said YES! We had a few wonderful years with Jane enjoying every step of Lily’s progress but sadly Jane lost her fight with cancer three years ago and Lily stayed with us.
Lily (Floor) is a slightly dotty, 15.3hh, 10 year old mare by Namelus R, so she’s bred to show jump really but she’s quite small.
Our yard is run to suit her! Everything is done to keep her settled. She quite happily tells me when something annoys hers by putting holes in my stable walls.
We qualified two years ago for the BE100 Championship at Badminton but a silly mistake on cross country cost us a top 10 finish. We messed up three Regional Finals the next year so didn’t qualify again. So, the relief last year when we qualified first time at Borde Hill (2) was amazing. Especially after being 17th after dressage but our double clear meant we finished third. We’re off to the Science Supplements Cup at Badminton again to hopefully get it right this time. I’ve had two years to relive that silly stop going into the lake and what could have been…
We’re now eight weeks away from the Science Supplement Cup so cantering at the fabulous gallop at Attington Stud, where Austin O’Connor is based, has started weekly now. I’m so lucky it’s only 15 mins way. Six and half minutes is a long cross county for us at BE100 level so fitness work is a must!
Also, rider fitness for me has started as I’m definitely not as fit as I was 20 years ago, I’ve started on the running machine too! Lily pulls a lot so I know I must be fit to go cross country!
Hopefully soon everyone who hasn’t yet qualified for the Science Supplement Cup will have, as the final few Regional Finals are around the corner. We are aiming for Goring Heath (1) at the end of month for our first event of the season!
Lu and Lily