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May 2012

Well, here we are – end of May already and a very busy couple of months since my last update. Where to start?! Here goes… We moved 2 weeks ago into a lovely converted barn not far from the yard in Alveley. Everything went fairly smoothly – except for the pouring rain that weekend. Typical – look at the weather now! The various animals – dog, cat, horse – have all settled in really well. It’s a beautiful part of the country and I’m really enjoying working and living here.

Not only that, but I’ve been really thrilled with my competition results too. Think I mentioned my loan horse Ramazotti (aka Woody) in my last blog. We have qualified for the Summer Regionals at Adv Medium Open, which is great. A bit of a blip with the training recently as he’s had a slight infection in a hind leg which is being treated successfully. I’m not rushing anything with him as obviously I want him totally fit – he’s too lovely a horse to take risks with. Have been having lessons with Isobel Wessels, she is amazing – I’ve learnt so much.

Have also qualified my friend Alice’s horse, Viper II, for the Summer Regionals at Novice Open. On his final outing at Summerhouse EC he scored a staggering 74.62% and the judge wanted to take him home! Alice has now taken back the ride again and has just recently completed her Regionals qualification at Elementary on him so fingers crossed for both of us!

In the meantime I have had the great opportunity the last few months to ride Henrietta Cheetham’s horses for her while she was recovering from a bad fall. Amazing to get so much riding which I love. Henrietta also has given me the chance to compete in Young Horse classes on 2 horses. The first is LJT Silhouette, a 5 year old mare by San Remo out of Sandro Hit. Bought originally for Para rider Lee Pearson by the Lady Joseph Trust, of which Henrietta is Trustee, she was sadly too small for him, so she came back to Henrietta’s yard for me to produce and compete. We competed at Keysoe and Addington Premier Leagues, finishing in the top 10 at both. Then just last week we qualified for 2 Young Horse Championships – so excited! We won the Qualifier at Summerhouse EC followed a few days later by 2 fantastic wins at Hickstead. Won the 5 year old National Qualifier with 9.42 and the 5 year old International Qualifier with 9.0. She got a 10 for her walk – we were over the moon!

The other young horse is Step Pearl, a 6 year old mare owned by Henrietta. She did well at Addington Premier League, coming 5th in the Young Horse class, and in very strong company. I was proud how well she behaved as the atmosphere can be too much for some horses there and she’s competed very little. Henrietta is now well enough to ride again thank goodness and has taken back Step Pearl, but I am keeping the ride on Silhouette for the time being.

I’m enjoying teaching all my regular clients and have gained new ones since moving. Good luck to everyone with their competing and training over the summer!