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October 2017

I have been very busy as usual recently, with 6 horses to ride every day and my teaching but I did enjoy a great Saturday at the National Championships at the end of September. Purely as a spectator which was nice – I caught up with a few friends I hadn’t seen for a while – an excuse for a good old chat. Also a long look around the fabulous trade stands on offer. I came away wondering how much more bling can be fit onto horse and rider in the dressage arena! I did manage to watch some dressage too – some amazing partnerships on the circuit at the moment. Very inspiring to watch.

After my son’s birth in May, I am planning to get back to competition over the next couple of weeks. Two horses belonging to my friend Alice Ash have been on the yard for a few weeks, Snow Patrol and Viper, so I am taking them out at Advanced Medium soon. Congratulations to Alice & Tarquin on the recent birth of their beautiful daughter Penelope by the way!

I also have a new young horse to train and hopefully compete in 2018. Owned by Karen Goulding, Infinity (stable name Jessie) is a 4 year old Oldenburg mare by Tuschinski. She is still very green so lots of hacking and road work to get her fit but I am looking forward to taking her out next year.
Louise Danton has decided to take the ride back on Brownscombe Francisco and is busy getting to know him as a rider. She has been doing very well on Blue River Cocktail and has recently qualified him for the Winter Championships in 2018 by winning at Novice Area Festival level. She also came in the top 5 at Elementary and Medium level Area Festival qualifiers so is really thrilled with those results and will be training hard for the Championships over the winter.

Congratulations also to my amazing sponsor Gemma Hobbs on her marriage recently. My best wishes to you and husband Blake for your future together and thanks as always for your sponsorship. Check out her website Ocean Blue Equine she has some lovely clothing ranges and general horsey stuff!

Ever heard of Equipilates? I took Snow Patrol to a session last week at Stourport E.C. with Ali Lane. I really enjoyed it and it was good to be made aware of any imbalance/weaknesses both on and off the horse. Improving posture is so influential in riding so these sessions could be very useful to any level of rider.

Well, we are heading towards the dark nights and wintry weather again I expect, but just at the moment it is nice to enjoy this Indian summer we are having. Let’s hope it continues just for a bit longer!