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August 2012

What a summer! Lessons cancelled due to flooding and then practically got heatstroke at a recent competition! Let’s hope we get this Indian summer the forecasters are promising us in September.
At least it was fairly good for the Olympics. I was lucky enough to get tickets for the first and final days of Team GB dressage. Amazing experience and Greenwich was a fabulous venue. In spite of the occasional downpours (very attractive rain ponchos at the ready!) we had 2 great days and I was there to see the team medals awarded and history being made. Well done Team GB!
I’ve been very busy competing LJT Silhouette at Young Horse events and had great success with her. She’s been a star, really trainable and well behaved considering the high-profile venues. Following various qualifiers we were at the Hickstead Premier League National and International Young Horse Class for 5 year -olds in July. From a field of 22 horses we won the National Class with 94.60% and so went through to the International Class on the Saturday for the 6 top horses. I was really pleased to get 5th on 79.40% as the weather was awful all week – in fact we had to be towed into and out of the venue – another first!
The next Championship was the Moloh Young Dressage Horse of the Future again in July. This should have been at Badminton but had to be switched at the last minute to Hunters EC near Cirencester because of waterlogged ground. As it turned out we were baking on the day in 27 degrees. Very good result again – 6th out of 46 entries – a little mention in the Horse & Hound to add to the Hickstead write-up. I’m so thrilled to have had the chance to ride and compete her as it adds to my experience of Young Horse training and competition. Having done so well, Silhouette is now for sale to try and raise money for the Lady Joseph Trust – I’ll be sad to see her go.
As for the Regionals qualifications, I decided to give the ride at Novice level to Viper’s owner Alice as she had qualified him at Elementary level. Went along to help Alice at Kingston Maurward and they posted really good results – in fact we’re waiting with fingers crossed for Wild Cards to be announced for the Nationals – I think they’ve got a really good chance of getting there.
I still have Ramazotti (aka Woody) qualified at Adv Medium for the Regionals and am hoping to do an Inter I on him soon after.
As well as all this I’m continuing to build up the business with my usual clients and some lovely new ones. Life couldn’t be busier or more rewarding! Thanks to everyone who’s making it possible.