On the hottest day for a while we had 3 horses running at Wellington Horse Trials. As Somerford had been cancelled it was now Ballycoog Breaker Boys first Intermediate, The Partner’s first run since Hartpury and V.I.P Vinnie’s first run since Bramham. They had all been cross country schooling recently and all felt on top form.Read More
I had my usual monthly lessons with John Bowen last week.
As always the horses went well once he picked up on the fact that my legs were creeping up so slightly unbalancing me which is why the horses hadn’t been going quite as well for the previous week as they had been prior to this.
It is amazing how something so small can have such an impact on the horses performance - I knew it was something to do with me as it was all the horses but hadn’t been able to pinpoint it. It is so easy to beat yourself up about it as I slightly feel that my training of the horses hadn’t been as good as it should have been. However, with 2 living beings working together we are both bound to have knock on effects to each other both good and bad.Read More
As we mentioned in the last journal Dom is recovering from his operation. He has been a very good patient on his 2 weeks box rest with 30 minutes hand grazing per day. He has the ARC Equine on 3 times a day and a specific program has been set for him to aid his recovery.
The vets have been out to change his dressing and as the wound has healed so well he is now in stable bandages, with a few hours a day without them on. This is so his leg gets used to not relying on tight bandaging for support.Read More
William was class - despite the fact that I came out of the dressage saying this, that and the other he obviously did well as he scored 23.5. He has strengthened up well during his rest and he show jumped well and put in a very confident run cross country and made it feel very easy. I just kept him in a good rhythm moving forward which he found easy and we came in with 2 time penalties to take the WIN.Read More
We can't believe that the 1st half of the season is over and that all the horses are now having some down time as is Will. All in all the first half has been successful. All the horses have achieved their various qualifications in order to go to their end of season goals and Vinnie is now qualified for Badminton next year!!!Read More
My initial thought about the course was that it was really quite big, very technical and undulating with a long pull at the end of the course. There were a lot of questions and I can now see why everyone says that it is a truly testing course.Read More
Excited to be launching The Vault on 25th May it is my online Training and Mentorship platform. This is aimed at new and aspiring Eventers up to Novice level. There will be tutorial videos, private Facebook group, Facebook hot seat Q and A, checklists, monthly interviews with industry greats and much more. There is also the opportunity for me to act as Mentor to some riders. The idea is that those that sign up will request training topics that they would find helpful and I will then do training videos accordingly.Read More
Wednesday John Bowen was with us for the day - training myself and all the horses - they all had a dressage and SJ lesson except Ted who just had a jump lesson. Ted is an exciting prospect and always puts a smile on my face - I have to keep reminding myself that I did buy him specifically to sell - luckily I never said when….! He is beginning to get a bit of attitude which I like but also is working very well on a daily basis. He will continue to be developed until I am away at the end of May when he will have a few weeks off.Read More
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.Read More
Monday morning was no lie in with the first lesson at 8.30am. To get the most out of these lessons I had to make sure I was fully charged up and ready to go - porridge with syrup and chopped apple started the day - Harriet Upton (we are athletes) was also training there so was over seeing my food intake!!Read More