A Few Rosettes Won


Two days out this weekend.

Saturday we took Sprout and Massimo to Hillview for a dressage show.

The lovely selection of photos above are by kind permission of Jess Photography her website can be viewed by clicking here

Sprout won prelim 14 on 70% and Massimo won the Novice on 71%. Then another fab result for Annabel McCourt, who I coach, finishing 2nd in the Novice. A very happy Tracy Haines, who I also coach, had 2 scores over 60% in the prelims on her TB mare, with several people commenting on their improvement. It was a really feel good day for me, both from a horse and rider training point of view, and several others whom I coach felt they achieved their personal bests too, it was great to see so many of you out competing! Photo below is of Massimo with Milo who I bought as a foal and sold as a 6 year old to Maria Norrell. Massimos sire Miley is Milos Grandad, both such lovely boys. Thank you to Maria for the photo.


Sunday it was off to Hartpury with Massimo for the smaller BS classes. He jumped well in the 90 to win his first BS £ prize. £16 & I was so pleased with him. Then we jumped in the discovery but he got unbalanced, over bold and had 3 down. I rode rather too much with the XC eye of an Eventer and asked him to put 3 strides in a 4 stride distance, so maybe it was me being over bold rather than him!!!

lastly it was fab to see Saffron Cresswell jumping so well on her new horse, a super partnership in the making and one I am really excited about coaching.






Loving Lincombe Arena XC

Had a fab if cold day at Lincombe competing in their Arena Eventing Competition.

Sprout went really super, he was so calm amongst all the ponies warming up, something he hadn’t seen before, another box ticked in his education. He won the 70 cm jumping everything big, bold and clear, he was naturally quick too. The XC left the arena and it was here I felt for the first time how he will feel out on a proper XC, he has a lovely stride for XC riding. It was a really super course. Video here.


Nikki on Rif Raf announced before they started that she was wearing her body protector for the first time ever, so it was a big occasion for them both. They also went fab for 6th place, it was a very proud moment when they completed clear XC and only one rail falling in their SJ round.


Also I had some lovely news when Tracy Haines emailed me. She is better know to many of you as head veterinary nurse at 3 Counties Equine Hospital.

Her ex race horse Fine Girl You Are has qualified for the ROR finals at Aintree. A fab result as Tracy has worked so hard with this little TB mare.

We had a busy weekend as Massimo had been to Hartpury BE JAS the day before, some interesting & very short distances left me confused as how to ride them on my green 17 hh 5 year old. The 7 yard doubles looked and felt tight, Massimo is so bold I was convinced he would bounce them if I didn’t shorten him, then the 15 yard related distances rode oddly in the 90, it resulted in me trying to over protect him & getting over hooky with rails falling in the 100, I should have just left him to it!!  Having said that we learnt lots, he is extremely bold and brave and I need to trust him more and ride him more forward than normal 5 year olds.

Alvescot Massimo goes BD

imageWith so much rain falling we were so lucky to avoid getting wet at Allens Hill British Dressage show yesterday.

It was Massimos affiliated dressage debut, he was quite tense in the first class having spotted some Shetland ponies grazing on a distant hillside, he even added a buck, which is very unlike him. He scored 63% in Novice 22 to finish 2nd. Second place was then the order of the day as he went so much better but due to an error of test on my part he scored the same mark in Novice 37 and came 2nd again.

He feels more than ready to tackle a Novice BE dressage test so it’s just the XC and SJ to prepare now, I think that those might take a bit longer!!! We are booked to do lots of jumping in January and February so hopefully he will be ready to move up to do 100 BE by April and maybe even a Novice by Autumn.

Novice 37 can be viewed here and Novice 22 here

Thanks to Nikki Cox for the video and all your help.