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Friday, 3 February 2017

January Round Up

Forget the January blues... For us, it's been a month of fun & firsts!

Our Firsts

  • Our first time being a demo horse
  • Our first British Dressage
  • Our first jump over a water tray
  • Our first rosette of 2017 - a nice blue one!
  • Our first British Dressage rosette...which was also a FIRST!

Now for the fun....

Showjumping training

Throughout January, we've attended three unmounted showjumping training demonstrations. Although it was a bit nippy swapping riding for spectating, these sessions were a great thing to do. The sessions were held by UKCC L4 coach & rider Phillipa Curry, aimed at novices to experienced riders & combinations. The series looked at the Fundamental of jumping, Problem solving and how to get the most from show day.

We all often get tied up into riding, and mounted lessons, but I took so much away from these sessions, listening to Phillipa and seeing the theory, tips & exercises put into practice in front of the audience. I'd recommend it to anyone who regularly jumps, or would like to start jumping. 

These demonstrations gave us two of our firsts: being a demo horse & jumping our first water tray! 

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We were asked to take part in the 'Problem Solving' session to showcase how you can effectively correctly train horse and rider. Louie hasn't always loved showjumping, being a sensitive soul & suspicious of new and changing things, so we were a good demonstrator as to how you can introduce something new to your training. During the session, we introduced a water tray & were happily jumping it by the end.

Dressage Competitions

January not only gave us showjumping training, but also we took part in two local dressage competitions. The first we did very well in, coming home with a lovely blue second place rosette - a great start to 2017!

One of our goals for 2017 was to have a go at British Dressage, & following on from a great test at the start of the month, we decided to give it a go. It was a little earlier than we had planned but why not!?

This gave us two of our firsts - our first BD test, coming home with a first!


We were very lucky at Christmas - Santa brought us a beautiful pair of Ariat boots but unfortunately in a size too big! We headed back to Houghton Country not only to find their big new store AMAZING, but we went a bit mad, splashing out on new Ariat chaps, Lemeiux Teknique tendon and young horse boots, as well as some other goodies! Whoops!!

Winter training continues

We've signed up to Horse & Hound's E-Training Prelim series during January - it's a good idea. A weekly email with a specific movement from a prelim test. Within each week, there is a video from a trainer talking through that test and how the horse & rider can improve. There are also exercises within the email to hep keep you motivated throughout the winter.

We also had a great training session on the flat with Cathy Burrell at the start of the month, showing some good progress in increasing the length on the flat. I can really feel the difference in the way of going when I work Louie like this, and can physically see the difference it makes to his frame.

February is forecasted to be a cold month, but we've lots planned in to carry on. Look forward to bringing you some more posts throughout the month!

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