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"Is it possible to have equestrian cabin fever? If so, I’m fairly certain I have it!"

A forced break from eventing sees Sarah Johnstone focusing on her equestrian business.

August has been a slow month for me and Woody – so slow in fact that we haven’t even left the yard. After a brilliant run at Burgham I was super excited for Dalkeith just two weeks later because our performances so far have been really strong, plus I love Dalkeith as an event. You have to cross a gorgeous bridge and hack through the woods to get to the cross country course. 
 
However, the wet August weather (it is Scotland after all!) stopped play the day before kick-off. I was disappointed as we had nowhere to re-route to as the weeks that followed were due to be hectic for me work-wise. 
 
Having said that, it’s not the end of the world because I love my job. For those who don't already know, I own equestrian performance brand Apt Cavalier, which means I get to do amazing things like hang with my friends for a photo shoot and spend five days at Blair Castle International Horse Trials speaking to lots of lovely riders, launching a new collection and hosting a gin party – things could be worse! 
 
Working within the equestrian industry, though not physically working with horses, is a dream come true for me. I live and breathe the equestrian world and being able to make a living using my skills as a trained fashion designer and my knowledge of riding is quite special. I work very hard and am always on the clock, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  
 
In other news, can you believe it has been two whole years since Woody first injured himself? Late August 2017 I arrived at the yard to find a sorry looking pony with a leg twice the size it should have been. I remember saying to the vet: “It’s okay, he doesn’t need to do anything until January [2018]”, thinking that that would be the worst-case scenario. Little did I know that he wouldn’t be doing much until January 2019, but here we are, two years later with a happy and healthy horse who is loving being back on the event circuit. 
 
I’m currently on the waitlist for Frenchfield (me being unorganised as usual), so I’m crossing my fingers that I will get one last run for this season then we can both have some well-earned time off before winter training. That being said, I’m looking out of my window now and today very much resembles a wet and windy October day rather than a sunny August morning, so it won’t be long until we are ditching our number bibs and joining the show jumpers for the winter!