If someone had told me this time last year I would be self employed, trying to get Bella in foal & own a super 4 year old - I would absolutely not believe them.
I liked my old job as a recruitment consultant, but it got to the point where I needed to choose between my health or pursuing a career in recruitment. I had to accept that a highly target driven sales role was no longer right for me. I chose to accept voluntary redundancy & leave my job of over 4 years which was a very hard decision to make. In May for the first time in 10 years I was unemployed. As much as I loved a few weeks at home with my dogs & horses. I felt pretty useless and a little bit lost, I didn’t want to go back in to another sales job but I needed to work. I’ve done a complete 360 & am now working as a self employed groom which I love. It’s been pretty busy to balance working more than one job & fit in my own three horses & dogs. I think I am finally getting the balancing act now & most importantly I feel happy.
I’ve also had to make some changes with the horses. I sold Indi to a fabulous dressage home in March, I was gutted to see her go as she is an absolute star but my heart lies with showjumping & her talent was dressage. Indi has a super new home & rider who I can’t wait to see dance together.
My little grey mare, Bella, is my horse of a life time, unfortunately the past 18 months have been plagued with injury which has led me to the tricky decision to retire her from work. But I am super excited that we are able to breed from her!! I have chosen the stallion, Royal Concorde, for his temperament, athleticism, & his amazing bloodlines. The first insemination wasn’t successful but I have everything crossed that we will be second time lucky. Vingino x Quidam de Revel x Royal Concorde x King of Diamands sounds pretty special to me!
The third big change this year is Daisy. My gorgeous 4 year old KWPN out of Grandslam VDL. Daisy is just a delight to have about. She has the sweetest nature and just wants scratches and fuss in the stable. To ride she is very level headed & brave, with a no nonsense approach which I love. The plan with Daisy is to get out jumping together at a few training shows before doing a couple of BS shows & plenty of off road hacking! I’m really excited about Daisy & I cannot wait to share our journey.
So at the moment I have two amazing horses of my own, my sisters wonderful ex race horse is kept with me & hopefully a little one on the way. I’m really looking forwards to the next few months and will keep you all up to date with how it all goes.
Jaymee, Bella, Tigger & Daisy xx