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.


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.


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!!



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.


More Wins for Mindy

The lady is on a winning streak!!

Saturday we went with 3 horses to Hill View Arena. Buddy did two tests and was placed in both, he was still pretty green though, he has only been back in work a couple of weeks.

The beautiful Mindy, pictured below, won another prelim on 68% and then came second in the Novice on 65%, she wasn’t really ready for a Novice but it made the timings between horses a bit easier for me. Her 2nd placing was quite a surprise as she didn’t really counter canter or show much medium trot!


Then we got Dynamo out and hired the arena for 20 mins, he was as good as gold so I think he will be ready for a small competition very soon.

Sunday we took three horses Arena Eventing to Lincombe XC. This week it was a round of 8 show jumps followed by some XC jumps to include some skinnys, a drop fence, a corner and some tight lines were needed if you wanted to get the time without riding like an idiot.

Clever Mindy won the baby class and then had 4 faults in the 70 to finish in 8th place. We were also thrilled to bits to see Tracey Haines, a rider that I coach, ride a beautiful double clear to finish 7th.

Mindys 70 cm round can be seen here. Buddy came 3rd in the baby class with a double clear. Photos below are Mindy and Captain who jumped in the 80 cm with one run out, in the double, due to his fear of spectators!

Also Buddy and Mindys prizes, horse treats the perfect prize!!

Mindy Double Winner

The title of this post feels a bit of a cheat really. We took Mindy to Allens Hill to do her first ever canter tests, 2 prelims. She went really well and won both tests, it’s really odd I feel like I am riding a rather average thoroughbred (she’s half TB) but everyone else seems to see a flash horse and the dressage judges love her. What is pleasing is she’s always does everything with her ears pricked and she tries really hard.

So why do I feel like the wins were a cheat? Allens Hill now split the dressage classes into gold, silver and bronze and junior and senior, which means the sections are very very tiny, so it’s easy to win. There were 4 in Mindys one section and she was the only one in the other!! Having said that at Allens Hill they do use listed registered Judges so  the marking is a really useful and accurate guide, Mindy scored an amazing 70% and 68% which is exceptional for her first attempt at this level.

We also took Cpatain for the Eventer Training class in which he came third, this class wasn’t split and his placing was very good considering there were some top level riders in the class who were on older horses than him, he’s only just rising 4. He was extremely brave jumping but I feel he needs the fences bigger as he’s barely stepping over them at 80 cm. See his round here. The fences were quite challenging for such a baby horse and it was snowing!

The lovely Mindy pictured below.




Green Horses Are Hard Work

We have been busy, educating all these young horse which we seem to have collected for 2017. Hard work and they certainly test my core stability at times, I sometimes wonder why people go to a gym when they could just ride green horses to get themselves fit and educate the young horse at the same time!! I guess they would have to learn how to ride first though and a gym is much safer of course!!!

Dynamo is home and is going nicely although still needs a baby sitter to hack out, as although he’s basically a quiet horse it’s been so windy this week we dare not try him on his own yet. Windy weather is never the best conditions for fresh, inexperienced, young horses!

Captian and Mindy went to Allens Hill last week and to my amazement Mindy came second in her first competitive class, Walk and Trot B dressage with 60 cm jumping, she even beat Captain who was close on her heels in 3rd. The judge really liked her and I have to say she’s is really growing on me, the sweetest temperament, she does nothing wrong, try’s really hard, loves people and really enjoys her work. Its always nice when they do everything with their ears pricked forwards.

This week Mindy went to Hartpury where she did a super double clear in the baby SJ class to finish 3rd, she has progressed a lot since her first outing to Hartpury only two weeks ago, this weeks round can be seen here.

Then Buddy, who has been having a winter holiday, came back into work this weekend he’s had Some work in the arena at home, hopefully he will be ready to go to a low level show in a week or two.

Below pic is Mindy at Hartpury photo not great quality as taken off the video.




Mindy’s first show

The current yard star is 4 year old Captain, he is maturing so fast and is becoming a very confident, well balanced horse. An outing to Summerhouse where he upgraded to jumping a bigger SJ course proved him to be careful and easy to a fence. It felt so easy despite a fair few green moments, his round can be watched by clicking here.

My new girl, 5 year old Mindy (Midnight Star) is progressing well and was just about ready for her first show this week, she was very green but jumped really well. Her round can be seen here, lots of jumping from trot as her canter is still weak, she was also slightly over awed by the atmosphere in Hartpurys posh International Arena.

She seems to have really enjoyed her outing and is looking really pleased with herself this morning.