Sunday, 14 May 2017

British Showjumping Area Team Qualifiers

Yesterday (Saturday 13th May), we swapped a trip up to Floors Castle horse trials with a trip to Northallerton Equestrian centre to watch the area team qualifiers class. I voluntarily sit on the committee for area 12 (Northumberland & Tyne and Wear) to look after their social media, and while I know a fair bit about that, I know almost NOTHING about showjumping!

I took the opportunity to head down, not only to support the team, but to learn a bit more about the sport, its rules and enjoy a morning of showjumping. It did mean a bit of an early start, leaving Northumberland at 6.45am to arrive in good time.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Badminton Horse Trials 2017 Round Up

Image credit: Horse & Country TV

Well, what a finish - Andrew Nicholson has won Badminton after attempting a total of 37 times over 33 years, just going to show you what patience & determination really can achieve!

Take a spin through our round up of Badminton Horse Trials 2017 to find out the highlights as all the action unfolded across the five days.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Top 5 Things I've Learnt with a Young Horse

Firstly, I do not, in any way claim to be an established producer of young horses! Louie is my first proper young horse - taking him from a freshly backed rising 4 year old to where he is in his training today (which is still a work in progress, & always will be!)

I've created this post based on what I've learnt along the way, as well as being able to understand a lot of the learning curves I took with Buddy (a previous horse I bought as a 5 year old) that at the time, I couldn't get my head around.

Having a young horse is a lot of fun, a lot of reward, a lot of hard work and a lot of learning.

Would I do it all again? YES!

Here's my top 5 things that I've learnt along the way while training, handling, competing & enjoying my young horse.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April Round Up

Well 2017 is certainly flying past – I can’t believe we’re now at the end of April!!

At the start of the month, I took Louie on his first ever pleasure ride. We spend a lot of time hacking out alone, or with only really one or two others, so I was keen to know how Louie would get on by himself, within a much larger group.

He was definitely keen!! He had a blast and really took me forward around the whole ride, even if it was a little quicker than I’d first hoped!

The ride was through Hulne Park with some beautiful countryside of Alnwick, making for some great photos – we did a full post on the pleasure ride already.

We changed Louie’s bit at the end of March, so we’ve done a “bit” of playing around with how that works for us too, really just by putting it through everything we do.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Badminton Horse Trials 2017

An eventing blog wouldn't be quite the same without some mention of the first four star of the year - Badminton.

Badminton is my favourite four star - I like that it is early(ish) in the season, I like the setup of it with the Badminton house in the background, and the vibrant red & white of the grandstand. But most of all, I love the cross country course!!