It seems ages since I last sat down to write about horses! Well it’s been a busy few weeks with lots going on. As you no I have a new young horse called Lady, I have been concentrating on her especially the schooling. She has a constant engine running so it takes 20 minutes to get her to fully relax before you can actually start to get the best out of her which is the total opposite to Candy.
After Lady went to Weston Lawns for a bit of BSJA, I took her to our local centre Stubley Hollow to run through a simple dressage test. The idea was to get her used to the white boards and going out to do something a lot less fun than Show Jumping. She warmed up well in the indoor, a little eager but she soon settled. She went outside to perform the test, into an arena she had never been in before. She had a little look at the dressage boards but after a lap around the outside it never became an issue. The test was a great try for our first, she even scored 8's for her trot work when I could hold it all together, the canter wasn't quite as well established or balanced resulting in her going on the incorrect lead, and she decided to nap and the exit, but we both stayed calm to finish the test well. I was extremely proud of her.
Candy went in to do a Novice test which she did really nicely. It really makes me appreciate how well schooled Candy is after riding the baby! She again scored some good marks to come 2nd.
Since then I organised a clinic with my friend Holly Gillot (still hopping around on one leg) to help some of my friends with their jumping. It was a great long day running around after Holly putting the fences up and down up and down, but we got some lovely feedback so are hoping to run another in the near future. Holly helped Lady masses on the Friday night concentrating on working her long and low straight away then bringing her up once she had relaxed which proved such a quicker way rather than just trotting laps around the ménage! She was much more rideable and I couldn't stop smiling! Lady has so much power and elevation naturally which when I manage to contain it just feels the most incredible feeling I have ever had on a horse. Let’s face it we all are trying to create impulsion and looking for those bigger not faster steps in the dressage, well safe to say this is something Lady was naturally blessed with when she finally relaxes. She can open her shoulder and lift her front legs so high of the ground it feels like an untrained grand prix dressage horse! Holly and my mum couldn't stop laughing at her when she was doing it!
So the plan is they are both entered into Chatsworth, Lady the 4yo BYEH and Candy the testing Novice track which I am so excited about, I never imagined at 6 years old she would be tackling this track. Let's hope it all goes right on the day for her. Huge thanks to Julie Sayner who has sponsored this event. We have one last run before at Moreton Morrell where I have never been so that will be nice to jump round new course. Just after Chatsworth I am lucky enough to be going to Ireland with Holly, this will be such a great experience and make an interesting article I am sure!
I have also been really busy with my 2 of my sponsors Caviera Bedding and Emvelo. Caviera recently launched a competition to win a pallet of 30 bales as soon as we reached 1000 likes on facebook. We had a huge response and had hit over 2000 likes in 24 hours of starting the page. This has then grown into just over 3500 likes in just a week and resulted in new stockists all over England. Visit there facebook page as they run mini competitions regularly and I'm guessing they might run another big comp for 5000 likes! https://www.facebook.com/cavierabedding. You can ask for a sample pack for just £1.60 anywhere in the UK.
With my mum being a graphic designer, she has been working with Emvelo creating a new series of images to put into picture of what Emvelo can really do. As they say a picture paints a 1000 words. So watch out for these cropping up on their facebook page and new informative flyers. https://www.facebook.com/EmveloUK
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Lets hope May will be the end of "April Showers" I really hope so!
One of my fabulous sponsors Emvelo came by to visit which was really lovely and Gill even came along with lots of promotional goodies!
It was great to finally meet Gill after lots of social networking talk and emails back and forth. She filled me in on lots of interesting things about to happen with Emvelo, including lots of new companies stocking these fantastic products.
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I don't think enough people know about these great products and I'm pretty sure they don't no what they can do. I will be making a video to show you how simple they are to use, how effective they really are and how many ways you can use them.
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Yesterday Candy tackled her first BE100 Plus, for those of you who don't know what this is, its a fairly new thing where the dressage and show jumping are Novice BE height but the cross country remains BE100 height.
As you can imagine a lot of the horses that where entered into this class had already competed at Novice level and above so Candy had a tough job to compete with it being her first time at this higher level.
She warmed up nicely but as we went into our test I felt her just fighting me a little and not fully relaxing as she had been prior. I had a little argument with her for the first movement and she eventually gave in! Her trot work was nice scoring 7's, however the medium trot was not quite established so we dropped a few marks there to 6's. The canter was good she scored 7's but dropped to 6's again for the medium canter, I didn't think she showed a bad one but the comments where falling in slightly which I guess is just a balance issue with her being young. The counter canter she tried really hard with and scored a respectful 7 for that movement. The rein back was not bad for a first attempt she was straight but was a little slow in responding!! All in all it was a great try for her first go at a Novice test, its nice to know there are lots of ways to improve the test though for next time. She came out with 38.5 which put us around half way. The Show Jumping had a fair few big spreads that were up to height with only just over half in my section jumping clear. Candy was one of those!! YEY! We got a little close to 2 fences but she opened out for the big spreads (thank god!) to come out with a well deserved clear round! The cross country was nice with a few changes this year and a added loops. (see course pictures) Candy cruised round well within the time yet again with her 4th double clear in a row! We were just out of the placings in the end but I couldn't really grumble with her performance!
Check out the Hedcamz footage of her cross country round where you see what Candy see's! Its nice to watch from a different perspective! Next she is at Bradwall BE100 which is very beefy setting her up nicely for the prestigious Chatsworth Horse Trials for her first proper Novice run!
We are off to Weston Lawns for the Easter week with Lady & Candy to jump so technical bold BSJA courses ready for our move up. I'm hoping Lady will be ready for her first run in May all being well. She seems to be taking to everything asked of her so far which is always a good sign!
My other good news is that Candy received her qualification for the Badminton Grassroots, so if we don't manage to pick up more than 5 Novice BE points before then I would love to take her.