Hello and thank you for reading this. My name is James, and I’m a professonal musician, specialising in the organ, piano, and choral conducting. I’m also a keen equestrian, having been properly introduced to horses just over ten years ago. Quite soon after I was also introduced to Eventing (the multi-discipline sport of dressage, cross country, and show jumping all in one) and I was hooked from that first encounter at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe. Since then I’ve wanted to go Eventing and it’s remained something of a dream until recently. After a few tough years I came to realise that the best way to improve things was to concentrate seriously on my riding, and in time pursue my Eventing dream. Heading towards my 40th birthday (in November 2020) I wanted to find an achievable but stretching goal, and this is it: to go Eventing at BE80 (entry level for affiliated Events) before my 40th birthday – just after the end of the 2020 season.
Just over four months ago, I bought Max, a 16.1 Irish Sport Horse who has formerly evented, and we’re starting to build a partnership with regular lessons and schooling as often as I can fit it in around my work at Chelmsford Cathedral.
We’re now 12 months away from my 40th, and this is my blog where I plan to chart the progress that Max and I make towards our Eventing goals. Please join us and follow the journey #80by40 #EventingOrganist