Piggy French has had an incredible return to Eventing after having the 2016 season off to have her gorgeous baby, Max. Since she's returned her results have been phenomenal.
Since the end of April, she's only recorded cross country jumping faults on one occasion out of a staggering 62 rounds!
Her recent 2nd place at Burghley Horse Trials is so deserved and was a really emotional result for Piggy. Piggy picked up the ride on 16.2hh mare Vanir Kamira at the beginning of this year and has since had some incredible results.
"I actually had the ride on her as a 6yo before she went to Izzy Taylor, then Paul Tapner," Piggy says.
Taking a break from top level competition can quite easily go one of two ways. Some may find it hard to get the momentum going again, feeling out of the loop and like the break has done more harm than good. Not Piggy.
"I think the break I had definitely did me good. It’s very easy to just keep doing what you do but the break meant I had a chance to sit down and think about what I wanted to do and how to make it happen. It was also refreshing to experience the other side of the fence and to see that other riders go through the same troubles as you, which gives you confidence that you’re doing the right thing.”
After a sensational season, Vanir Kamira and fellow yard superstar Quarrycrest Echo will now have a break before coming back into work before Christmas ready for the 2018 season.
"Vanir Kamira will definitely be aimed towards Badminton and Burghley whilst we will probably think about some ERM classes for Quarrycrest Echo. We have a nice bunch of young horses coming up through the ranks too at the moment. The Young Horse Championships at Osberton are always a busy week and I have two rides in the 4yo, one in the 5yo and two in the 6yos. It’s nice to have an aim with them to work towards. I also have a couple of 7yos that we decided not to take this year who will hopefully be nice horses next year."