2004 Overseas Trip

In 2004, the international conference in Spain followed by a Bartercard Bootcamp in the UK. After this Vanessa met up with her great pal Christine Stacey, whom she went through Glenormiston College with and is now resident in the UK. They travelled to Ireland to see Punchestown Horse Trials before returning to the UK to visit facilities and riders, including a G&T with Douglas Bunn who owns the Hickstead Stadium.

Vanessa then continued on the Essen, Germany to catch up with her Equitana friends. Whilst there she spent a day with Paul Schoeckemohle, probably the biggest producer of Dressage and Showjumping horses in the world. She also visited Frank Kemperman, Director of Aachen and saw the developing site for the 2006 World Championships.

On a round-the-world ticket, Vanessa flew on to Calgary, Canada and spent several days at the Spruce Meadows facility. She shared many hours with the owner, Mrs Southerns. After popping into see the site where they hold the Calgary Stampede, she flew on to Denver and spent a few days with Pat and Linda Parelli before flying home.