2023 starts with a new name, nationality and a new arrival.
What a start to 2023 it's been for Georgie - St Patrick's Day marked the arrival of a new nationality.
It had bee a long time in the planning but a change to riding for Ireland opens many more possibilities for team selection, with a keen aim of Paris Olympics next year. The news was received with much positivity with Georgie paying tribute to the many successes she's had with Team GBR across the years and looking forward with excitement to new opportunities and experiences with Team Ireland.
With much of the 2023 season being a wash out so far Georgie and Toby picked the perfect time to welcome baby Archie to the world.
"Archie Michael Goss" born 5th April 2023
Georgie was quick to introduce him to his equine brothers and sisters, having a first sit on Woody (Wii Limbo) at just 6 days old.
Huge thanks goes to Shauna and the rest of the team for keeping the horses looking and feeling so well while Georgie has been on maternity leave. Having Laura Collett on hand to work the horses over the bigger fences and give them their first few runs has been so beneficial.
With Solihull abandoned due to the wet weather, the horse's first trip out competing was Cirencester (2). Molly, Lucy and Sam's KOJAK was thrown in at the deep end and had to go straight in to the Intermediate, not that it seemed to bother him, finishing 2nd. He jumped a super double clear adding just 4 time faults to his 26.1 dressage. Molly and Lucy's SLIGO JUST TOUCH finished 8th in the Novice adding an unlucky pole to his 26.5 dressage and dear WOZNIAK just didn't like the tacky going in the showjumping so had a few too many poles to challenge for the ribbons but had a great run XC.
The second run of the season came last week at Aston-Le-Walls, who with all their surfaces managed to keep running despite all the rain. KOJAK again was the star of the show and WON the Intermediate with a 25.2 dressage! SLIGO JUST TOUCH and WOZNIAK both had good Novice runs, with the odd pole jumping, to finish 8th and 11th respectively. It was only at Badminton we realised that Laura hadn't cross-country schooled Posy so with a quite re-route before Aston Laura experienced the sheer score of HEADLEY'S COSMIC TWIST who had a blast galloping around the OI to finish 10th.
Now back behind her favourite sets of ears and increasing the riding work, Georgie is looking to return to competition at West Wilts 10-11th June.