New Sponsor Announced & Badminton BYEH

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Delighted, excited and hugely proud to announce a new sponsor for my horses for 2017 as Jess-Photography.

The lovely Jess is a very talented photographer, take a look at her website here.,

Jess’ services include mini home shoots of family, pets etc.  She is also a much sought after photographer for Weddings and Sporting Events. Her work is absolutely stunning, Jess was selected to be one of the photographers invited on the team for Badminton Horse Trials this year.

Jess came along to Badminton to take a few shots of Captain in his young horse class, see photos above.

Once again it was so exciting to have a young horse competing at Badminton, to add to the excitement we were wearing new sponsors kit too. Captain performed a super dressage test and a clear jumping round, so we were thrilled with him, he behaved so well too. We were confused by the low marks he was awarded but looking at the photos he wasn’t making the best shape and at 15.3 he is a bit small for the ideal top level event horse. He is well over due a holiday and is now turned out for a well earned break.

The Unbelievable Dippy

This boy is rather special. IMG_0872

Dezina Double Dip is just amazing, all my other horses that have gone to Lincombe to do Arena Eventing started with a 60 cm class. Ultra confident Dippy gets thrown in the deep end with a 70 cm and not only that it’s an ODE with dressage and more fences to jump than the others have had to deal with. There were no green moments at all, 3rd after dressage he just popped round double clear and was the the second fastest round XC of the day to finish 2nd. If the cross country time had been counted as per Riding Club Eventing rules which they were running under he would have won.

At only 4 years old he is now one to keep a close eye on for the future. He gained quite a fan club at Lincombe, it seems everyone else agrees with me that Dippy has the R factor!!

Waiting for more photos but results are shown below also see his day on video by clicking on each discipline below

Dressage Show Jumping Cross Country

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Brilliant Evening At Gadbury

The very lovely Renkum Capitano won his dressage test with 78% at Gadbury this evening, he beat several very good local combinations including an established eventing combination who are qualified for Badminton’s Mitsubishi Cup next week. A huge confidence boost for us both as he has a tendency to go timid once in the test arena. So pleased with him, he is improving so fast. His test can be viewed here.

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Dippy came along too and did his first test on grass, he was a bit wobbly and unplaced, but behaved beautifully for 63%. Dippys test is here.

Photo of Dippy kindly provided by Jess-Photography

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Sapey Eventing with Mindy

Below Mindy Show Jumps at Sapey with her eyes closed!!

_J1_0079I have been very busy over the Easter holidays, it’s a juggling act, coaching, competing and getting horses prepared for forthcoming events. I chose Sapey for Mindys first BE90 as it is usually a very nice first 90 cm. Well I was wrong, I walked the course and thought “Wow if I get Mindy round here I have a brave horse” she was first to go in the dressage and that went very well, SJ she was amazing just one pole see it here..

XC we got round unbelievably well with just one 20 penalties, there were only 10 XC clears in her section out of the 30 who started. She was pretty green but just kept on jumping, I took her slowly letting her learn quietly and rode wide lines to everything to let her see what she had to do clearly. She has always flown straight over ditches but this Sapey one was big, she peeped in the vastly wide, deep and dark ditch, which was the middle part of the coffin, then jumped it. She wasn’t sure about the water it was away from the lorries and had the trade stands by it, so lots to look at. The first element was close to the water, then a splash in and a step out with a spooky boat 2 strides from the step but she bravely jumped through. I was thrilled with her at the hanging logs in and out of the dark woods which had a muddy steep dip in the ground in between and also she jumped the wide box skinny exceptionally well, she was slow and hesitant at the steep sloping ground after the fence into the quarry but jumped the fence in and step out very well indeed.

Her next run is an 80 and then will look for another 90 now she has proved she can do the height with no problem.

Clip of her XC including the ditch can be seen here.

More Success and more Sunshine

Another early start, my alarm this Sunday went off at 4.30 am, we were off to the unaffiliated event at Aston Le Walls near Banbury. Mindy and Captain were both competing in the 80.

We had been SJ schooling to Allens Hill earlier in the week where both horses had jumped well in the 90/1m class, with a 2nd place for Captain.

The bonus of the early start was a very quiet motorway which meant I could admire the hundreds of yellow cowslips that are currently in full bloom all over the grassy banks of the M40, so pretty.

Both horses were outstanding, easy to ride in the dressage scoring 30 and 29 and both clear and confident SJ. Mindy was like a tiger XC getting a few time faults for going to fast, while Captain despite still feeling quite green gave me such a super ride, he feels like he is on springs and that every fence has a mini trampoline in front of it.

6th place for Mindy her XC can be seen here and 15th place for Captain his SJ round can be seen here

We then came home to find out that while we were away Nikki Cox, whom I coach, had only gone and won an arena Eventing competition at Lincombe. Her very first Eventing win, congratulations, this coach is feeling proud.

Mindy dressage and Captain jumping.

Nikki and Biscuit during their winning round.

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Two Super days of March Sunshine

IMG_4041A sunny weekend is always glorious, daffodils are blooming everywhere, lambs are bleating and leaping about, to add more smiles to the stunning blue skies and very green grass my horses are going fabulous.

Saturdays alarm went off at 4.40 am, I had two horses Eventing at Offchurches Lands event. Mindy doing her second event and Captain doing his first, I was pretty excited at running Captain as I have produced him from scratch and he is locally bred just a mile from me in Castlemorton at Mill Farms, Renkum Stud.

The new yard star Mindy did a 28 dressage, 2 poles SJ, just finding the sticky ground a little hard work as she’s still so weak, and then clear XC inside the time to finish 4th. Photo of Mindy above kindly taken by Kate Darlison.

Captain did a 27 dressage putting him into 2nd place then a green but clear SJ round following by a XC which gave him 40 penalites. He spooked at the chair fence with orange cushions on it and was also given a penalty at the sunken road for a slight hesitation, I didn’t think he hesitated at all but rules and rules. I came back from his round buzzing he felt amazing, top class, I even declared in the heat of the moment that he will go Advanced!! Maybe me getting a little over excited but having produced 2 advanced horses previously surely I will have one more come my way!

A mixed video of both horses XC round is here Mindy is first then Captain, look out for his spook at the chair fence and Mindy concludes the video with the last two fences. Photo of Captain below taken by First Class Images.

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Sunday was a lie in under my blissful duvet, until 8 am. We were taking 2 horses to Hartpury to jump the baby horse classes and had to be loaded and ready by 9. Dynamo and Buddy had both had Saturday off, as we were Eventing, yet they still behaved beautifully. Both boys jumped well and clear, Dynamo finished in 3rd place and is looking like he has the makings of a top class horse, his round is HERE. My livery Nikki and the lovely Biscuit came 2nd so a really enjoyable yard outing. Then on our way home a client, Tracy Haines, messages me to say her young horse gone clear at his first ever XC event. Tracy is coached by me and has taken her lovely young horse Blue from a green youngster to what is becoming a confident and exceptional young horse.

 

Feeling Very Lucky

We have just had the most lovely few days with our horses.

It all began when my alarm went off at 5.30 am on Friday when we had an early start to take Mindy to Stafford Horse Trials.

She was an absolute star and couldn’t have gone any better to finish on her dressage of 28 and in 4th place. A week before she hadn’t even seen a real XC fence. She took it all in her stride, there were a few few seriously green wobbles in front of a few fences but she listened to my aids to keep straight and jumped everything I asked her to. She even qualified for the 80 championships in the Autumn at Weston Park. I can’t believe such a green horse has had such a high place at her first ever outing on grass. Love her.

Then Saturday another early start to take the other 3 to a dressage show and once again they couldn’t have gone any better.

In the prelim tests Captain won on 70%, Buddy 2nd also on 70% and a IMG_0859rather inatentive and wobbly  Dynamo, pictured, came 3rd in the walk and trot test with 66%. I also rode Barney who is a clients horse to sort out a few problems she was having and I finished 4th on him, I came out of the arena saying he will go sweet for his owner now. He did too as his lovely owner Kelly finished 3rd in the prelim on 69% and even scored a 9!!!

Sunday we took Captain XC schooling, he has improved since last years XC schooling outing and jumped straight over the ditches and was very bold into the water, he was actually too bold at times when he lept off one of the drop fences I had to sit really tight as he has a huge jump.

I need to sleep now, luckily Monday is a day off, just some quiet hacking to do.

Dynamo Jumps in The Deep End Again!!

So this time early Sunday morning we were off to Show Jump at Allens Hill.

I was up at 6.30 am to get all the horses fed and mucked out so we could be at Allens Hill at 8.45 am to jump Dynamo, this was to be his first SJ outing and I wanted to arrive and jump him when it was really quiet.

But half way there the lorry decides to stop in the road, I pressed the accelerator and nothing, it was as dead as a dodo. I had forgotten my phone but luckily Ant was with me so he rang the amazing EMLYN HUGHES, who despite being out at a party until the early hours came straight out to rescue us.

A tiny wire to the fuel pump had corroded and the lorry wheel had to be removed in order to repair it, all performed on the main road by The Dog pub at Boughton while the three horses waited patiently on the lorry. What a compete star Emlyn and Les who also came to help were. Thank you so much guys.

An hour and a half late we arrived at Allens Hill. Dynamo’s clear round had finished and the classes had started, so once again Dynamo had to cope with more than I had intended. Spectators, commentary, ponies in the warm up arena etc. Once again he was an absolute star and trotted clear round a small course in the 50 cm class finishing in 4th place, he didn’t spook or look at anything, he’s an extremely confident young horse.

Buddy and Mindy also went, they jumped in the slightly higher classes. Buddy upgrading to his first 70 and Mindy upgrading to her first 80 cm, both horses came home with rosettes for being placed. Their rounds can be seen by clicking their names here Dynamo Mindy Buddy

I am feeling so lucky to have such lovely horses. Photo is the broken wire the reason for the lorry’s unsheduled rest!!

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Dynamo in at The Deep End!

So I had my three more experienced young horses entered for long Arena Prelim dressage at Hartpury Friday evening. But at the last minute I decided to leave Captain at home as he has had a sore tooth and I wasn’t happy he was comfortable on it.

So I took Dynamo in Captains place, Dynamo hasn’t even done a competition yet and I usually start much more low key with a walk and trot test at Hill View Arena or Allens Hill. Instead Dynamo had to cope with a canter test in the atmosphere of the International Hartpury Arena. He didn’t put a foot wrong, he tried so hard, we were awarded a very low score as hes so green. He didn’t really canter very much in the correct places and his contact isn’t established yet, but his super attitude left me feeling very excited about his future. Dynamo looking very grown up is pictured below.

Buddy also went and performed a much more correct and established test scoring 63% but was left in Mindys shadow of 2nd place and 66%. She continues to amaze me with her results, the judges seems to love her yet I don’t feel she is even going that well yet.

Just Schooling

Took Buddy, Mindy and Captian schooling to Summerhouse today. Here they had a round of show jumps set up and a round of arena XC jumps. I had hired it for 60 minutes which costs £40, I had my work cut out to get all three horses tacked up, schooled round, cooled off and next one off the lorry in the time allowed. Ant was there to hold one as I got the next one off the lorry and our friends Kieth and Mil also bought their horses to share the schooling, which also meant we had a spare person to put jumps up and down.

Captain has gained in confidence greatly in just the last week and felt amazing, he felt so brave and is jumping 80/90 very confidently now. Buddy is 3 months behind Captain in his training, he jumped the course with smaller fences, he was brave at the jumps but was still looking around at the advertising banners etc as he doesn’t have the miles on the clock yet. Mindy started off with some tiny fences then growing in confidence she was jumping around 80 by the time we finished. Came home pleased as it’s not often all the horses in the lorry go very well at the same time!

Photo below of Captain from Lincombe last week.

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