May « 2015 « Theresa Smyth's Blog

April/May

Another busy month in April – 7 horses to ride every day, teaching and trying to fit in a few competitions!

But also an exciting few weeks for two reasons – first of all huge congratulations to Louise and Simon Danton on the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Eva Marie, in March. Louise owns the yard where I am based and is really supportive of all I do and also owns Cisco who I compete regularly.

Second exciting development is that I now receive sponsorship from Ocean Blue Equine, stockists of HKM and Imperial equestrian clothing, based in Worcestershire. Check out their Facebook page. All items can be personalised, they have some fantastic things in stock and new lines are being added all the time. Definitely worth a look! So a huge thanks to them for their offer of sponsorship and wishing them every success in this new aspect of their business.

I now have 2 horses qualified for the Summer Regionals – Colour Trento M (aka Tonto) at Elementary Open and Percival at Novice Open. I have another couple partly qualified and am also competing Tracey Young’s horse Unchained Melody (Chelsea) in the Shearwater 4 year-old Young Horse classes. Our first outing at the beginning of May was an excellent start, with a score of 7.42 at Field House E.C. in a very strong class, finishing 6th in a class of 19.
We decided to enter her also for the Badminton Young Dressage Horse classes – she qualified last weekend on her first attempt for the Championships in July, with a score of 46.2/77%. We are of course thrilled with the results. It’s a good feeling to see those hours of training which go into a young horse being rewarded with good marks by the judges.

I have started to bring out Tonto at Medium Open level – a couple of reasonable results under our belt – but room for improvement. Our first outing at this level was on a day with gale-force winds and horizontal rain and sleet! Not the best start and obviously Tonto was thinking the same as me – what on earth are we doing here! Let’s hope the weather settles down a bit.
I am also bringing Steve Tolley’s horse Bandolero back into work and competition. A very striking 17hh bay gelding, 9 years old with lovely movement. I’m sure if we take it slowly he will be getting excellent results.
Louise’s horse Cisco has also been out of action for a few weeks, nothing serious thank goodness, but back in work now and almost ready to compete again.

So May and June will be pretty hectic with qualifying competitions to fit in around my regular teaching. I enjoy training all my clients and wish them all well in their riding/competing throughout the summer. Let’s all make the most of the lovely light mornings and evenings – always such a treat after the winter!