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May/June 2016

Well a very busy few weeks but not really with the horses – I actually took some time off and spent it with my family and friends! I spent a lovely week in Portugal with my husband and little girl and two very good friends of mine. The weather wasn’t brilliant – how could we pick the one week of the summer which wasn’t?! – but everything else was amazing. Good to get away and just relax after a busy winter and spring. Then a week later I jetted off to Spain for my very good friend Alice’s hen do. Again good food, good company, good wine – I think we gave her a fitting send-off before the big day.
So then it was back to earth with a bump – lots of teaching, horses to ride and competitions to sort out.

The Summer Regional Championships are coming up for me and Brownscombe Francisco so it’s lots of schooling and lessons at the moment. Louise has also qualified Blue River Cocktail for the Regionals. My other clients are out there competing and getting good results and the Wheatland Hunt PC are all working hard at their dressage.

A new horse has arrived at the yard, Livingstone II (otherwise known as Dave) owned by Henrietta Cheetham. She has very generously sent him to me to compete on until he is sold. He is a 6 year old skewbald gelding bought at auction and I had ridden and schooled him for Henrietta last year. Our very first outing was at the Wellington Premier League Show recently (what was I thinking!!) The class on Thursday was very promising and a good score of 7.64
so I felt I could ask a bit more of him in Friday’s class. I was thrilled with the way he behaved as a high profile show can unsettle the steadiest of horses. It certainly paid off as we won the class with 7.94 which has qualified him for the National Dressage Horse 6 Year Old Championship at Hickstead at the end of July. The National Championships at Stoneleigh don’t have a 6 year old Championship class, so provided he doesn’t sell before July I will be taking him to Hickstead. I am also planning to do the Hartpury Premier League 6 year old class at the beginning of July on him.
Many thanks to Henrietta for giving me the opportunity as it was nice to compete at Premier League again. I met up with lots of people I know there and it was a boost to my confidence to be winning at a high profile show once again. Even professional riders need a boost now and again! Henrietta was so pleased with his success and it is lovely that owners can take as much pleasure from seeing their horse do well as they do from competing themselves.

Holiday schooling liveries are coming in to the yard whilst their owners are away. Please contact me for availability and rates if this is something which would be useful for you.
Enjoy the rest of the summer everyone – even if flippers and a snorkel are more appropriate than T-shirts recently!