March « 2012 « Theresa Smyth's Blog


Hi All!

Welcome to the New Year! With the slow start to the year, due to the usual snow and minus temperatures, I am welcomig the start of Spring with open arms!

Competitions are ramping up for the year with the Winter Nationals looming and of course the Olympics in August,of which I am lucky enough to have got tickets for 2 days. Such a fantastic opportunity to see the best in the World on our doorstep.

After going freelance in August 2011, I had a busy rest of the year. I moved house and set up a yard in October and then got married in November. Think that’s enough for one year! Now we are in March, it’s time to update what I’ve been doing.

I have two competition rides for this year. The first being Ramazotti (Woody) a 14 years young 16.1hh Gribaldi gelding owned by Claire James. I aquired Woody on loan in mid November 2011, he had just had 6 months off as Claire didn’t have the time to ride him, having ridden Woody on and off for about 3 years I know him quite well already. After a couple of months getting him fit we were ready to compete, after 3 competitions we have won 3 classes, a 2nd and a 3rd. I’m now qualified for Advanced Medium Open Summer Regionals, with our first Prix St Georges planned for mid March. Woody has fantastic piaffe and passage so my aim is to move up through the levels and do some Intermediare I and II’s in the Summer, then fingers crossed Woody and I may be doing our first Grand Prix. How exciting! Woody is so level headed that I am able to teach schoolmaster lessons on him. Having learnt on schoolmaster’s myself at Talland, it was invaluable to my training to be able to ride and feel how the higher movements should be performed, then be able to apply that feel to a younger or less experienced horse.  For more information on these lessons please don’t hesitate to contact me.

My second ride is Viper, a 9 year old Partout gelding owned by my best friend Alice Ash. Alice has owned him for 5 years, but has competed him lightly due to having a baby 16 months ago. I have been riding Viper for Alice since November, and competed him for the first time at Hartpury 2 weeks ago. We came 2nd and 3rd with 69% and 67%, I was pleased with these results as both tests were cautious with some green errors, so many marks to be had still. Our aim is to qualify for Novice Open Regionals and Alice is taking the reins over for Elementary. A very exciting prospect for the future.

Enough about me! On to my clients success, Now 9 year old Maddy Whelan has been storming the dressage scene with her new pony Mighty Max. Such a fantastic and promising combination as they have already won their first affiliated Elementary’s. There’s no stopping her now, hopefully she will move on up to Medium and get some practise in ready for when she is old enough to compete at FEI Pony level. Already she has had her first write up in last weeks Horse and Hound!

Caroline Evans riding Gina, competed in the Advanced Medium Restricted Winter Semi Finals at Patchetts, finishing 4th. Our aim is to work on the PSG work ready for Caroline to move up in the Spring/Summer. A very exciting combination to watch.

It’s not just the girls that are rocking the scene. The men I teach are also getting on well, Richard Cook who is new to dressage, competed at unaffiliated Prelim and Novice on his Spanish horse Cookie.

Colin Bradley riding his own Florestan gelding Lugar, is looking good at home and I am aiming to get them out at advanced medium this summer.

Good luck to all the eventers I train, they are all getting reday for a busy season ahead. Fingers crossed for low 20’s dressage!!

After nearly 6 months being freelance now, I am relocating to Shropshire to expand my business. Jane Bradley has very kindly offered her fabulous yard in Alveley to me, with a 20×40 floodlit arena, ample parking and fantastic equine and human facilities! I will still be teaching all my clients in Gloucestershire. Exciting times ahead!