Well I have to say that fair weather riders you are not! It was a horrid day and Louise and I were really surprised at how so many of you carried on regardless. Some of you had worse conditions than others and there was a time when Louise, Tracy and I took cover in the lorry.

Well done to our worthy prize winners and these are the results of the point’s league so far.

We gave a special rosette to kate Millar for her fantastic turnout of both her and horse. We loved the “bling”.

Thank you to our judge Claire Speer and to our writers and stewards Debbie, Ali and Colin. Most of all thank you to Tracy for sorting out the mistakes and adding up the scores.

If you want to win some prizes you have to get on the leader board so next opportunity will be 14th June.

29th of April 2014


It was only a month ago that I was debating if Rommel would be fit enough to go to the Regional Championships, so to come 4th in the Elementary Freestyle to music certainly was a bonus. If I had not made mistakes then who knows, we may have even qualified. He was amazing to ride and felt so powerful.

He really made a huge effort and was fairly exhausted for several days after, so I did decide to withdraw from the Medium Music Championship at Merrist Wood.

We now need to focus on our new goals which are very exciting. You need to do the same. Write down your Long Term Goal and then work out some Short Term Goals which will help you to achieve your LTG. If you need help, just ask.

3rd of March 2014


It has been nearly a year since Rommel and I last competed having had a few problems, so it was fantastic to be back out last Saturday. It was a horrid day and a white knuckle drive in windy conditions, but great to celebrate a win in the Elementary Freestyle to music with 72.5% and qualifying us for 2015 Regionals. Well done Rommel and thank you to Lynn for coming with me.

The weather seems set to continue for a while but there is light at the end of the tunnel!!

We have lots of exciting events to look forward to in 2014. My clinics at the Fortune Centre and Darknoll Farm have been over subscribed, but really not surprising as most of you are jumping for joy at the prospect of having a lesson in the dry.

I have organised some more dates for the Fortune Centre indoor arena 22nd March and 12th April so book early and make sure you do not miss out.

During the summer I am running series of dressage clinics also at the fortune Centre. These will be in the outdoor arena which is 20x60 and are very affordable.

Louise and myself will once again be running our very popular Combined Training Coaching days at Higher Merley Farm, which consist of a Group flat lesson followed by a half hour recovery period (Which I know for some of you is not long enough!!!) and on to a jump lesson. There are a maximum of four in a group and total price of £30.

We are also running our Dressage competitions at Higher Merley Farm with many thanks again to Tracy Upshall for all her assistance helping us prepare the schedule, adding up all the scores and for sponsoring the point’s league, which will be running again this year. We all know that points make prizes, so take a look at what you could win.

15th of February 2014

57 - Team Dressage at Stocks Farm gets the thumbs up.

Anyone who organises competitions will understand the amount of time and effort that goes into ensuring there smooth running; so when you receive such lovely positive comments, it makes it all worthwhile.

We thought it would have to be cancelled due to the relentless rain but Liesa and the fantastic Stocks Farm Staff worked very hard preparing the arenas and working out how to park everyone on dry ground.

The reaction from the competitors when we apologised for the somewhat damp conditions was quite enlightening. “We are just pleased it still running” “It is to be expected in the winter” “Its great to have a local event, can you do more?” were some of the comments.

There seemed to be excellent team spirit, with everyone appearing to know each other, so it turned into a jolly social event with plenty of hot coffee and homemade cup cakes being enjoyed.

We had a total of 9 teams and the overall winners were “Team Perry”, consisting of the three worthy winners, Sarah Turnbull, Stacey Miles and Sarah Perry. Well done ladies.

Thank you Di Tubbs and Denise Robertson our judges and their writers who gave up their time for us and without them the event could not run.

Above all thank you to Tracey Pitman who put the schedule together, did the times and calculated the results. She did have a little help from her husband Darren who designed a special programme to input all the results and it even speaks back to you to confirm your calculations. How cool is that??

Congratulations to Hannah Pearce and the lovely Dougal who won the 2ft 9 jumping at Kingston Maurward College on the 6th October. Also well done to Oliver Turner and Harley for coming 6th in the BE 90 at Larkhill.

The clinic At the Fortune Centre on 30th November is now full but there are other dates available and also a Christmas clinic at Kingston Maurward on Friday 20th December with coffee and mince pies.

8th of November 2013

56 - The winner takes it all.

The weather was warm; the competition was hot, hot, hot!

The day ran like clock work as usual with Tracy at the helm sorting out any little problems. At the close of entries we had 14 competitors and on the day we had 41, so in fairness to me it was not easy fitting everyone in and yes I did forget to buy more score sheets!!

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and reached their own goals. It was a first for some; competing at their very first dressage competition, or with a new partnership and some competing at a higher level for the first time.

Many thanks to our judge Claire Speer list 3 BD judge. Claire commented on the high standard and felt that several with scores of 67% and above were ready to start affiliated competitions. Thank you also to our writers Ali, Tracy and Lynn, to our stewards Colin and Terse and not forgetting Tony’s work behind the scenes.

The biggest thank you goes to Tracy Upshall. Louise and I are so grateful to Tracy who very kindly sponsored and organised the point’s league throughout all our competitions this year. She has done a fantastic job and we really could not have done it without her, well certainly not with my mathematical skills!!

Well done to our overall winner Lisa Pedley who has won a portrait of her horse by “Jenny’s Art” to Chloe Fear who has won a lesson with either Louise or myself and to Carly Jackson who has won a voucher for £10 towards a lesson with either Louise or myself. View the results for yourself. points system

Now you are all in the competition zone, what about the Team Competition at Stocks Farm on 26th October? Three members to the team one to ride at each level - Intro A, Preliminary 15 and Novice 22. Find the schedule under diary dates on my website. If you need a team member just send me an email. Stephanie would like to ride the Intro A, does anyone want to be in her team?

8th of September 2013

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