Julie Brougham and Vom Feinsten (‘Steiny’) are still in England, after their great efforts in the dressage at the Rio Olympics.
“Steiny and I have been in Ledbury at Paunceford Court for a week now. It is where we stayed when we first came over before going on to Aachen. It is a very lovely and friendly place with good facilities and access to top trainers. And as an Olympian, Steiny is the star of the yard with all visitors coming to meet him. With pricked ears he gives them the ‘Valegro look-over’ and permits their pats.”
Julie isn’t just spending all day hanging out with her lovely horse, however. “The next few days are interesting here as the British Nationals are on. Early tomorrow morning I am going watch my flatmate (head girl here at Paunceford Court) ride, and I may be sitting in with a judge I know who is judging the Grand Prix and Grand Prix kur at the weekend.” There is just a little bit of red tape to negotiate on that, so hopefully it goes well for Julie, who is a dressage judge here in New Zealand.
Summing up her experiences in the last few months, she says: “Overall, it has been an amazing year for Steiny and me, and such an adventure. I couldn’t have had a better partner. It hasn’t been without its tough times, but that is the sport we are in. One just has to put the blinkers on and keep going!”