With her Badminton debut brewing, Mollie Summerland is taking things one day at a time. Now 24, Mollie vaulted from steadily rising British eventing star into the worldwide spotlight when she won last summer’s Luhmühlen CCI5* in Germany. It was only the second 5* outing for Mollie and for Charly van ter Heiden, the Hanoverian gelding she has brought up through the levels.
“For sure that comes with an element of pressure,” Mollie says of the win. “People now have expectations as I go into the biggest events in the world: Badminton and Burghley.” Making the list of 85 accepted horse/rider pairs for Badminton, May 4-8, is an accomplishment unto itself and Mollie is undergoing final preparations with a realistic mindset. “I am going to enjoy the experience. I feel lucky and grateful that Charly in good form and able to go.”
Fighting fit at 13, Charly has more than proven his ability to handle 5* cross-country tracks and show jumping and dressage tests. In his earlier days, there were worries about that because he occasionally finished canter work-outs with a bit of blood in the nostrils. This indication of broken blood vessels – exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage - is common in racehorses and in others working at maximum respiratory capacity.
Mollie added a Flexineb Portable Nebuliser to her horse care tool kit several years ago. She uses it for treatments with the natural immune support of Silverplex antimicrobial solution. It helps horses expel mucus and the bacteria living in it.
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