Just as harvest finishes and lambing and calving is starting to slow down we are gearing up for exhibiting at Badminton Horse Trials.
Miscanthus is the main focus. We have 120 acres of our own plus over 500 acres of other growers’ crops to harvest and the weather plays a key role. The crop grows as a perennial and as temperatures drop in the late autumn the plants begin to draw the nutrients back down below ground into the rhizome, effectively allowing the main body of the plants to die back and begin to dry out.
As a three-time Olympic medal-winning eventer, William Fox-Pitt knows a thing or two about competition; yet the equestrian champion is adamant that winning has never been what matters to him. “I’m at a stage in my career now where I’m much more excited by individual horses than by personal ambition,” he says.