Buddy Goes Posh N Green


Buddy had a big occasion this week, indoor dressage at Hartpury and a long arena test, it was also his first test which included canter.

The show was at Hartpury, as it was an evening show I was worried if he sweated up he would never dry off and then get a chill, so I decided to give him his first ever clip. When I started up the clippers he snorted loudly and kept in the air, I thought I was never going to clip him. But luckily he trusts me and as I ran the buzzing  clippers near him and patted him he let me get closer with them. He gradually relaxed until I could run them over him. He had a very tiny keyhole clip, just the under side of his neck, he actually seemed to quite enjoy it and even let me clip a little bit of hair off his chin. Bless him he is a very sweet horse.

I also decided to complete the picture by plaiting him up, he seemed very surprised by this and kept rolling his eye at me wondering what on earth I was doing. Having only had human contact for the first time about 5 months ago Buddy is very short of life’s pampering experiences, the look on his face was a bit like me having my hair done posh for my wedding day!!

He was so good at Hartpury, although an extremely green dressage test was performed. Mesmerised by the judges, who were sat at a table covered by Hartpurys famous red table cloth, he broke into trot 3X in his second canter. 5 scored for that but for his trot work he scored some 7’s and felt really good at times.

Total score 62% doubt if he was placed but we were there for the experience and for that purpose the outing was perfect.




Buddy Surprises Me


Took Buddy to his first dressage competition today at the lovely venue Hill View Arena. This was his first competitive class as his first outing last week at Hartpury was just clear round schooling.

He came off the lorry a bit lit up, for a few seconds I wondered if I would get a test out of him, he was snorting and trotting round me as I held on tight. But he calmed down very quickly and when he did I was so pleased with him as it was a little bit busier than Hartpury last week.

He warmed up beautifully and performed a lovely test, with a few green wobbles, but picked up some points when he scored an 8 for his free walk, I only taught him how to do this 3 days ago. As we free walked perfectly across the arena I found myself thinking “crikey this feels like an 8!”

His score of 67% and 2nd place really surprised me as he always feels quite plain on the flat, but I guess his correct, calm and fairly obedient test would have been pleasant to watch.

Thanks to Tracy Haines who came along as groom and support team.



Buddy’s first Show

I was in two minds to take Buddy (Renkum I Love Rock N Roll) to a SJ show as I hadn’t done my usual schooling outing first. I usually hire Hill View Arena or use my friends school Sarah Limbrick’s for this. A schooling outing in a quiet controlled environment just makes sure the young horse is not going to react badly to a show atmosphere, panic about the trip in the lorry, or be a danger to others if they flip their lid when they realise they are at a party!!!

But Buddy has been extremely good at home, so I decided if I arrived at the show ridiculously early I could assess him before the show got too busy and always put him away if I felt he was a danger to the other competitors. We took Dipppy too so Buddy would have a more experienced friend on the lorry to teach him to stand quietly.

Buddy behaved beautifully, I was so pleased with him. He jumped two lovely rounds, and gosh he can really jump big, he’s careful and bold too. See his first round here.

My livery Nikki came along with Biscuit a horse new to her, he is on loan from Janet Schooling. Nikki jumped two super clear rounds. So we both came home very pleased with our two horses. Photo of Buddy jumping HUGE, apologies for poor quality but it was taken in the evening and indoors.

Captain is enjoying his holiday and is maturing and growing well, also looking stunning is Massimo’s sister Miranda who will be broken in next year. We are looking forward to getting some good results in 2017 as it seems I have some lovely horses slowly growing up.

Dynamo has began his longriening, everytime I teach him something new  he’s like “OMG yikes what’s this” then says “oh  I really like doing this” so if this lovely attitude continues he should be riding by Christmas, fingers all crossed, as it would be lovely to take him to The Badminton Young Event Horse Class at The international Horse Trials in May.