December « 2015 « Theresa Smyth's Blog

Happy Christmas and New Year!

Wishing all my clients and friends a very happy Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2016!

Not much to report on for the last couple of months – but more on that later in the Blog!
I have qualified Brownscombe Francisco (Cisco) for the Area Festival Finals at Medium level and have taken him out a couple of times at Advanced Medium. He is working very well at home but, like most horses, he finds doing a flying change great fun and tends to pop one in when he feels like it! Which doesn’t always work in a competition. Still, I’m not about to tell him off as that would be counter-productive when he is doing his best to learn them.

I did a dressage demonstration a couple of weeks ago at my local riding school called Country Treks with Cisco and Louise Danton riding her own Blue River Cocktail. The format was to give Louise a lesson on her horse and take questions and then for me to ride Cisco and talk the audience through my training schedule for this advanced horse. It was a very blustery day outdoors but both the horses behaved beautifully and the spectators enjoyed themselves (especially the mulled wine and assorted goodies kindly provided by Steph Eddies-Davies, the owner!)
I was pleased I was able to get there that day though as I’d had a bit of a spectacular fall only 10 days before – that’s why the comment at the top of the Blog about not much to report! – I was still walking a bit gingerly but my amazing technicolour bruises were well hidden under my breeches!

We have a couple of lovely horses in for sale at the moment –
– Centaurs Commodore is a stunning 8 year-old 17hh KWPN black gelding by Lord Leatherdale out of a Diamond Hit mare. He is working at full Advanced Medium and is definitely a Grand Prix prospect. Take a look at him on the British Dressage Classified section of their website. He has lovely movement and a beautiful nature.

– I have been producing a pony for Tracy Young, which is now for sale. Ladi is a 5 year-old Section D, she was backed this summer and is now hacking out, working well in the school and jumping small courses. She will make a fantastic mother/daughter share or a top class working hunter pony.

Please contact me if you are interested in either of these horses.

Louise and I were lucky enough to see the dressage at Olympia last week. I came home totally inspired! Just a question of trying to put some of it into practice now! My aim this winter was to crack on with the training of the young horses I have as well as the more advanced rides. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back from competition and work out where exactly you are with the horses’ (and your own) development.

We are all so busy at this time of year, trying to fit Christmas into our horsey lives! Hopefully we can all relax for those few days and bounce back into the New Year with lots of energy for the coming competitive season.