‘2019 has been a really good season for Team Way Evening. The arrival of our daughter, Millie, at the start of the season has been an amazing change for us, and she has loved coming all over the country (and Europe), with Sarah and me, during the season.
Eventing, as a sport, is so dependant on horsepower. With horses taking a minimum of 6 years to produce to the top level, it is very hard to keep yourself in a position to be able to compete at the very top, especially as not all horses are either good enough, or tough enough, to make it to 5*level.
2019 has been the first season, for some years, in which I have not ridden at one of the big 5* events, such as Badminton, as I retired my top horse, Galley Light, from that level at the end of last season. However, we have got the strongest team of young horses we have ever had, and they have all stepped up a level this season, with some being aimed at the bigger 4* events in 2020.
My wife Sarah, who also rides professionally, took her top horse to the 5* at Pau, in the south of France, at the end of October, where he finished 10th and cemented his entry into Badminton in the Spring next season in 2020.
Thanks to some very supportive owners, we have secured two new horses for next season; a very smart 3 year old mare by Orestus, from the Monart sales in Ireland, and a 9 year old advanced horse, called Cooley Enno, who will hopefully be campaigned at the top level next season.
Team Way Eventing are therefore looking forward to season 2020 with excitement and anticipation, as we work with this solid string of horses through the winter.’