Girlpower: Liz Halliday busy with her other sports

I’ve been really busy over the past couple of months, mostly with my 3 Day Eventing commitments, but the beginning of June saw me back in a motor racing paddock for the first time since the end of last season when I joined the Eurosport commentary team at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
I love Le Mans and while I would rather have been on track racing, I really enjoy commentating which is the next best thing.

While Peugeot were pretty dominant in the race, there were still plenty of talking points throughout the 24 hours. The #17 Peugeot’s pitlane collision with the Pescarolo Peugeot in the first couple of hours set the tone for a race that was full of incidents and some big accidents, but also plenty of quality racing action.

I love the guys at Audi, but it was good for Peugeot to finally get a victory after all of their hard work over the last few years.  Hopefully both teams will be back next year to continue their battle, along with Aston Martin who made their LMP1 debut this year and performed really well, finishing just behind the top 3 Diesel cars. Perhaps it will be a three-way fight for honours in 2010, and hopefully I will be on track racing along side them!

Back in the UK I was straight back in the saddle and competing with my young horses Billy (Baldaghade), Vimto (Redos) and Ollie (Volien).

All three of them are inexperienced in Eventing and this is their first season of event competition.  I’ve been working hard with them over the last few months with the aim of getting them to international standard. It’s early days yet, but things are looking really promising right now. Billy has scored top ten finishes in two of his first three Novice level events and both Vimto and Ollie have taken to Eventing easily and have racked up a number of top-tens over the past few weeks, as well as a win just last weekend!

I’ve got loads more events coming up over the next few weeks and I’m also hoping to give Billy his International CCI*-level debut at Hartpury next month.

In addition to the 7 horses that I have in work now, I also have another horse coming in soon to compete, which will take me up to 8 and should definitely help keep me out of trouble!

As far as racing goes, it has been far too long since I have been behind the wheel of something fast, and I am hoping to race something later in the year.  I am currently in discussion with a few teams so watch this space!