13 - New Clinics Available for Booking

The winter of 2010 will certainly not be forgotten, but hopefully now the bad weather is on its way out and we can look forward to spring. It is time to start riding your horses, making plans and setting yourselves new goals for the coming year. Check out some of the exciting training clinics on the website, there is something for everyone. The February clinic with myself and Louise is filling up fast so get your booking forms in to secure a place.

Richard Dixon and I will be doing some BHS Stage 2 training at Rushall Park Equestrian Centre starting 26th April which includes riding and stable management.

The “Have a go jumping Clinic” at Dammerham on Sunday was great fun and to top it all the sun came out. Well done to everyone who did have a go. A few people surprised themselves especially Julia who managed to stop her horse pulling, but was she able to walk the next day!!! Thank you Lynda for organising the day and to Mathew for grading the arena yet again.

26th of January 2010

12 - Christmas Clinic and Competition

Lorraine Fry at the December 2009 clinic

What a smashing day we had at Kingston Maurward. Many thanks to Lorraine’s mum for supplying me with hot lemsips. I was feeling a little under the weather and really thankful to get through the day without losing my voice. Andy was equally thankful to have a quiet evening! Some for the horses were somewhat lively having not been ridden due to the bad weather: especially Caddy who went so fast she nearly made my head spin. Ali was so exhausted she had to tuck into the camp survival kit. The fumes from the port and cranberry cake nearly knocked Tracey’ out when she opened the tin, but was very tasty and put us in a festive mood. First prize in the Christmas competition was Sue Spender who won free use of the impression pad (see website for details) second prize of a free lesson was won by Linda Eyres- Well done both of you. Next Clinic will be with Louise and myself on Saturday 30th January at Higher Merley Farm. Best Wishes and Happy New Year to you all.

28th of December 2009

11 - Christmas Competition

Entry to my Christmas competition has now closed. There are several correct entries and the draw to find the lucky winners will take place at my Christmas Clinic on 27th December at Kingston Maurward. I will notify the winners and put them on the website. Anyone is welcome to attend and to join us for a drink and mince pie or a piece of my home made port and cranberry cake- which will hopefully give everyone a bit of dutch courage for the jumping. I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all my clients a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Many thanks to my good friend Louise for riding Rommel over the last 3 weeks as I sustained an injury to a ligament. She rode him at the competition on 13th December and scored 68% coming second in the qualifier. Well done Louise - I was so pleased that I told her "If you had ridden more forward you could have won" Good job she knows me well!!!

23rd of December 2009

10 - Clinic Manor Farm Dammerham 29th November

It was lovely to have so many keen participants on such a wet and windy day. It was just too wet to write any comments on my soggy dressage sheets, but for most it was good practise to ride a test or even just ride the movements.

Many thanks again to Linda for organising everyone and putting up the arena in the wind and rain. Sue was really enthusiastic riding both her horses and now like Joanne needs to keep them more in front of the leg which will help the transitions. Well done to Ed for having ago and almost enjoying doing dressage! Julia did a great job settling Samson and finished on a good note. The last group worked really well together. Debbie showed she had made a huge leap forward from the last clinic with help from Claire and it was lovely to meet Trisha with her lovely light footed chestnut. But the stars of the show were Francesca and Honey. What a lucky girl you are to have such a fantastic pony. Merry Christmas to you all – next time we are jumping. For those of you unsure about leaving the ground it will be an excellent time to start even if you only jump some poles!

4th of December 2009

9 - Clinic at Higher Merley Farm 28th Novemeber

Against the odds we managed to stay dry! The forecast was terrible last weekend and even Louise could have done with a megaphone!

It was really hard work battling our voices over the strong wind, but as usual we had a great time and everyone seemed to enjoy it. The theme was to encourage straightness whilst maintaining a medium canter stride that could then be shortened or lengthened. Gillys circle exercise made everyone concentrate but did the trick of settling the nerves as well as being entertaining for the spectators. Ali and Lorraine had done the exercise before, but that did not seem to make any difference and certainly did not help Gail or Chris. In the jumping Hayley and Denise jumped from trot after an exciting start! It was lovely to see how some had improved; well done to Claire, Gemma, Nina and Lauren and to Sharon who rode well even with a hangover. Sue went to the wrong venue, but still managed to arrive on time. It was lovely to meet Sarah with her smashing cob who thoroughly enjoyed counting the strides and also Sara who nearly talked herself out of coming, but in fact managed to canter straight the entire length of the arena- next time we must practise breathing.

4th of December 2009

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