When I found out I had been selected to represent Avon at the SW Cross Country Championships I was really excited but also very nervous. When I read the email it said our parents couldn’t take us and we all had to go in one coach as we were one Avon team.
As I was one of the youngest I was a bit worried, however, luckily the only other girl from BANES who got through was a good friend of mine so I knew then it would be fun.
I went to bed really early the night before and drank lots of water. In the morning I had to wake up at 5 am to catch the coach from Bath at 6. It was freezing cold. Once we got on the coach the Avon coaches came to talk to us, giving us our Avon Vests and Sweatshirts (which were massive - I don’t think they know about children sizes!) and talked to us about the course. Once we arrived we met a lovely Avon instructor called Jill who walked us around the course.
First, the Minor Boys ran and did really well winning for Avon. When we set off we were put into pens as to what places we had come in the Avon competition. When it was time to go a gun went off which gave me a bit of a shock. It was pouring with rain and as everyone ran their spikes flicked mud up onto the people behind them. Lots fell over - it was a bit rough and at one point a girl pushed me over. I started really well but the mud got more and more slippery. It was 2.5 k and in the end, I think I came 33rd out of 75.
Despite the rain and the mud, it was a really fun experience, the other girls in the Avon team were really kind and we got on really well. I’d definitely do it again.
Tegan and her pony Grey Palace qualified for the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead later this year. They jumped an amazing triple clear on Saturday to come 2nd.