The start of the British Eventing season is now upon us. Coldstream Equestrian are proud to support a number of Event riders, including 5* International Event Rider Pip Cross.
We caught up with Pip to find out how her winter training went and her plans for the upcoming season with her 3 horses, Bullard’s Fine Gin, Ballyshan Commander & Scoop De Ferbet.
Here’s what Pip had to say:
“My horses weren’t particularly tired by the end of the season, so I used November to take them out to lots of show jumping, dressage and training days with Judy Bradwell in Newark. This really helped me gain a head start for 2023 and iron out any creases I felt the horses and I had at the end of the season.
They had some time off in the Christmas period, when we then had the frosty weather where I couldn’t get the horses out anywhere but I didn’t feel like we lost any training time. We then began 2023 with lots more show jumping and dressage training, adding in some xc schooling and intensive days at Chris Bartle’s and stopping off at Judy’s on route back to Norfolk.”
Pip’s pre-season preparation also involved taking her horses to do some British Dressage and British Showjumping, in which she picked up some good placings and double clears. This clearly paid off as Pip has had a strong start to the 2023 event season, her first event was Poplar Park and she finished 2nd and 7th with double clears.
Pip wears Coldstream Equestrian every day and her essentials are the Kilham Competition breeches in Navy which she practically lives in!
She believes she wouldn’t be without her Coldstream products and her favourite look for the winter is the Legars Roll Neck Base Layer with the Kimmerston Gilet – the perfect combination for warmth and style. Pip says she loves layering the Lennel Base Layer and the Foulder Sweater for training, the ultimate outfit for looking smart whilst comfortable.
For eventing days, Pip’s go-to Coldstream products are the Kilham Competition Breeches in both White and Taupe. For the show jumping and cross country phases, Pip pairs a Lennel Base Layer with her Foulder Sweater under her jacket for extra warmth on chilly days.
Pip adds “I love the Morriston Performance Socks, they offer real support as I have weak ankles! And I’ve come to use the diamanté gloves for dressage and show jumping. They are so grippy but also chic!”
Pip’s aims for the 2023 season are for her two younger horses to achieve their first 2* 3 day events and have her top horse, Scoop, back at the top level for another season.
We look forwards to supporting Pip for another season and hope she has another successful one!