65 - RIP Rommel

Rommel and GillyFollowing a catalogue of problems over the last two years I made the difficult decision to have Rommel put to sleep on Tuesday.

He really was the most exhilarating horse to ride. He gave me some of the best moments of my life along with some of the scariest!! The highlight was his medium trot, with the power of a Ferrari and the gee force was phenomenal.

He won many competitions with fantastic scores over 70%. He qualified for the National Championships, finishing just outside the top ten. He qualified each year for the Regionals at Novice, Elementary and Medium Free style to Music. He was 4th at the Hickstead Masters Championships at Novice and Just out the placings Elementary last year.

Throughout this epic journey I have people to thank for their part in making some of the happiest and memorable times.

Lynda and Tommy Tucker escorted us weekly around the forest and always managed one way or another to get us home!! Later Jo/ Ali and Nancy took some of the responsibility.

My Vet Hani from Endells has been such a support over this last year and previously Chris Pearce. To Gary Miller and Gavin Scofield.

To Lynn Watson for allowing me to take such a brute in her lovely lorry, and enabled me to expose him to so many different environments.

To Jimmy Burbidge for keeping me safe around the yard and giving me a field close to the stable so I could get him out without being knocked over. To Lisa Hinton (Nee Storey) for getting Rommel in when I was away.

The Biggest thank you goes to my very dear friend Louise Downing. She really has been on the entire journey. Firstly she made me buy him, and on dropping him off she said “Be careful getting on and taking him to the field sorry must dash”

I really should have studied history more thoroughly. I should have asked why he was called Rommel before I signed on the dotted line!!!

Yes Rommel the dictator did things on his terms for the first 6 months, until I called in the re- enforcements to take control. Louise was always there to pick up the pieces and put me back together. She was there at Hickstead and at the National Championships. I may not even have gone if she had not shouted at me- “ You knocked me out of first place and I cant go now you are ***** well going”

She was there at the end. Thank you Louise you are a true friend and just for once in his life he went quietly. RIP Rommel.X

21st of September 2014


Well done to everyone who took part in our Dressage Series at Higher Merley Farm. We had our highest number of entries on 14th June so a great way to finish. Thank you to Colin Stone for stewarding all day. Thank you to our judges Janet Lickiss and Claire Speer plus our writers Flora Lickiss and Lynn Watson. Huge thank you to Tracy Upshall for all her hard work and I think she has finally managed to teach me now how to add up the scores, but those half marks keep you on your toes!!!

We done to our winners class 1-Teri Mills, Class 2- Ali Hill and classes 3 and 4 -Lisa Pedley. Congratulations to our Points League winner Kate Miller and Sadie, check out on facebook what she has won.

Louise and I have our Combined Training Coach Day on 31st August to look forward to and I have clinics at the Fortune Centre 28th August outdoors and then my winter series indoors will start October 25th.

5th of August 2014

63 - You have to be in it to win it!

We are holding our last summer competition at Higher Merley Farm on Saturday 26th July. If you want to win those prizes you need to get your entries in.

Louise and I are off to the Regional Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday. Entries close on Saturday 19th. So please do not delay as we will struggle to juggle times.

Queenie 2014On another note, well done to Lorraine Frys Queenie who came 5th at her first affiliated competition at Moreton with a respectable score of 65.91%. It was lovely day out with friends. Louise was busy riding her string of horses with little Ordy beating his stable mate and Lynn Watsons Parys coming 4th and gaining his first points. It was lovely to see Jane Place out enjoying herself but wishing we could ride without jackets!! Why not come to our show and try the next level up. We have tests from Intro to Elementary.

17th of July 2014

62 - Sunshine and smiles all round

We all had such a lovely day at Higher Merley Farm dressage competition today. We had lots of entries, lots of smiling faces and people leaving with lots of rosettes. Well done to all our prize winners and to others who did not win but conquered their nerves to achieve their own goals.

Thank you to our faithful team Tracy, Colin, Denise for judging and our writers Lynn and Ali. Not forgetting Beryl who will be in attendance next time on 26th July with her refreshments. Here is the points league so far and just remember you have to be in it to win it.

14th of June 2014


If you would like to come along to our dressage at Higher Merley Farm on 14th June, you need to enter ASAP. Walk trot tests to Elementary. Entries close on 7th June so only 5 days to go!! Check out the leader board on facebook.

My clinics at the Fortune Centre are going really well. We have now moved to the lovely outdoor arena which is much cooler for the horses and riders.

It has been great to meet some new people and their horses. Such a good venue if you have young horses to bring out as it is very quiet. It is also perfect for improving your lateral work or counter canter, having the extra length of the 20m by 60m arena. Places are filling up for the Saturday 21st June.

Please be aware that the date for July has changed from Wednesday 23rd July to Thursday 24th July.

Louise and Charles Huxley have kindly allowed me to continue with the clinics in the lovely indoor arena at Darknoll Farm. If anyone is interested in coming along, please just send me an email.


To Tracey Tucker and Todd for their great achievement at Bovington ODE. Lovely pictures on her face book page.

To Chris wincer who is now a qualified BHSAI.

2nd of June 2014

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