Dandelions and Buttercups.

The weather has suddenly dried up really fast, leaving us no time to harrow and roll the paddocks to calm down the rough poached ground, the remnants of one of the wettest spring seasons that I can recall.

All the free water means the weeds have had a party and I am at war hand spraying the docks and thistles. Hand spraying is better for the paddocks as it leaves all the herbage and plants to thrive, better for the horses and all the wildlife, particularly the insects which in turn of course will feed the birds. Clearly the Dandleions and Buttercups have loved the weather as the fields are awash with their bright yellow flowers. Buttercups in abunandance are sadly poinsonous to horses so we have had to reluctantly ask someone to come in and spray the worst field off. The cheerful Dandelions are happily harmless so we can continue to enjoy watching them turn from yellow lion heads to delicate clocks that are whisked away with the first breeze.

My lovely Chief jumped clear round Solihull, his first 90 XC last weekend, once again he felt awesome XC. Miranda jumped clear round her first 80/90 Show Jumping and is now on a summer holiday as she still needs to grow.

Captain is being aimed at some dressage shows shortly with a view to start Eventing in a few weeks, he had 5 events in a row cancel this spring due to the wet ground.

Here are some watery based photos as after a dry spell, it is raining, maybe we can harrow the fields after all !!

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Tangle, he gets wetter than other dogs but his light coat means he drys faster!

My Joseph’s Coat rose which has blooms that turn from oranage to yellow to pink, an old English rose I bought online in 2017 from David Austin Roses.

Chief cantering boldly through the water at Solihull.

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New Sponsor & update on Miranda and Chief

Firstly we have the huge news that we are very excited to announce that we are now supported by local company Payrolls UK ltd. The horses all have some super rugs with the company logo on and there are some lovely Nuumed saddle pads on the way for them too. See their website  here.

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Miranda has been XC schooling this week ready for her first 80 cm one day event she is doing soon, she was fab schooling and recently went clear at Tumpy Green 70 cm but we not placed as we went none competitive as the event was for novice riders.

Chief is progressing nicely with several double clears at 80 cm so I have entered him for his first 90 cm. He’s really bold XC and has become quite a dressage diva too, winning at our local dressage show recently, he was the youngest horse in the class and he won in very good company too.

photos are Miranda schooling and Chief at Broadway.

 

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