Taking “Dusting off the Cobwebs” Literally

We were both having such a fun round and really enjoying ourselves but me being me got a bit complacent and forgot to use my legs on a left handed combination fence. - Vinnie couldn’t make it on 3 but there wasn’t enough room for 4 strides, being too close Vinnie took evasive action and I went out the side door.  Needless to say neither Vinnie or I were amused but nothing worse than 2 dented prides. I must learn to ride every fence on every XC round as I did a similar thing the other year - Hopefully this will sharpen me up before Belton in 2 weeks.


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Train, Train, Train. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat...

One of our horses has had a sarcoid on his belly just where his girth is. We have been using the ARC to remove it and it has been doing a fantastic job. The ARC works by pushing the sarcoid out of the body and this is what was happening. For other parts of the body this is great and then it falls off but due to the pressure of the girth the sarcoid was becoming sore despite the sheepskin girth protectors. We reluctantly had to make the decision to have this removed with a laser.

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Keep Learning, Keep Moving Forward!

A visual training day with Ingrid Klimke has really got me thinking.

Mum and I went to Wellington Equestrian where Ingrid was doing a MasterClass demonstration all day on Saturday.

As we had hoped it revolved around her training methods with cavalettis. She worked with a mixture of Event and Dressage riders and the benefits of this aspect of training was clearly visible. I have always been aware how good this gymnastic training is and do a certain amount of it but have always felt that we haven’t maximised it. It was fascinating to have the chance to watch this and take away so many training tips.

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Winter Moves

At the beginning of November it was nice to get a long weekend in Oliva Nova seeing friends who were on a Show Jumping tour. Still surrounded by horses but with no responsibility, just watching from afar.

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Lindsey Hopkinson
Thanks 2018... it's a wrap!

Looking back at the season it has been a good year in many ways particularly in the horses development from start to finish. Some results were so near to being big ones! The horses may not have been big wins but they have had their own achievements which are good building blocks for the future.

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Strange start to the week

This is becoming too regular - I started the week sitting in a meeting all day. This is very alien to me and I find it strange not being outside in the yard. This was planning the next few months website changes and social media structure combined with new plans for the new year. More news on this over the next few months!!

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Get the support you need!

It never ceases to amaze me how my body being out affects the horses performance so much and vice versa. I started going to Lynne a few years ago and we are now working on different aspects of the bodies energy to which we were when I started.  We are now working on keeping a constant level of self belief rather than the roller coaster that can happen.

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Try to enjoy the journey, and be yourself!

I have been watching some of the swimming European Championships which have been quite exciting and team GB are doing well.  I was struck by a comment that Adam Peaty said after he had broken his own world record “ I am trying to enjoy it (the whole journey of his swimming) and be myself.”

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Lindsey Hopkinson
Back to being busy - Summer recess over!!

We did something a little different and spent a day filming training videos for my Academy that will be available on my website in due course.  We did a mixture of dressage movements and show jumping exercises. As has been the norm it was a boiling hot day and quite exhausting.

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Lindsey Hopkinson