Monday, 6 May 2019

April Round Up

Well, where exactly have I been? I know, I can hear you all asking... My last post is our March round up, which definitely had a different spin on it and really showed just where & what & why we'd been up to what we had during March.

Well, I'm very pleased to say that throughout April, we've been in a much better headspace and although silent on the blog and a little quiet across our social media, we'd been back to our usual "behind the scenes". If fact, with a crazy life right now, I'm appreciating my down time in the saddle more and more... I love not even thinking about everything that's going on and for a short period of time, not even looking at a phone screen. Looking through my camera roll, I haven't even got as many photos of us out hacking as I used to.

Downtime is great for the mind, so I'm glad I'm managing to find it one way or another. So sit back and relax as we talk you through all we've been up to this month...

Saturday, 6 April 2019

March Round Up (with a difference)

I think it says it all that I'm sitting down a whole week late to write up my March round up post... It's been a funny old month, with a few set backs but turning corners & I'm leaving the month feeling positive. So sit back and hopefully enjoy what is going to be a VERY honest monthly round up...

Saturday, 23 March 2019

"Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection"

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

12 Top Tips for Twitter Success

Twitter is NOT Dead...You Get Out What You Put In!

I often read posts online that make reference to the glitz and glamour of Instagram and Pinterest for bloggers gaining traction in their reach and traffic, and that Twitter is a dying platform. I also see many comments in the groups I'm a member of on Facebook making the same statements. However, I have to say, I disagree to some extent, & here's why...

Team Tunnah Eventing Listed in Top 20 Equestrian Blogs by Sparpedia

I am super proud to announce that we've been listed in the Sparpedia top 20 equestrian blogs...& we're in amongst some pretty good company with another 19 blogs from around the globe! If you want to discover a few more bloggers to start following, head over and take a look at Sparpedia's top 20 equestrian bloggers.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019

February Round Up

February seems to have taken AAAAGES to get through... I'm not sure if it was all the excitement and anticipation of the Regionals at the end of the month, but I think it is the first time I have ever sat down to write a monthly update post where I haven't seen the month flash by in a heartbeat...

So what did we get up to? Well, still lots actually.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

British Dressage Winter Regionals 2019

OK, so for all of you that follow us & keep up to date with us across our social media will probably be more than aware we've been pretty excited about heading up to Morris Equestrian Centre to compete in the Winter Regionals after qualifying back in November.

Well the weekend finally came around...honestly, it seems absolutely years ago that we entered, let alone since we qualified! I'd had a competition & training schedule for the start of the year to help get us nicely prepared and feeling confident. Unfortunately, and as always, it didn't all fall into place, it didn't work out how we had quite hoped, but we made the Regionals, did our test, didn't disgrace ourselves and had a fantastic weekend too!

So, sit back and enjoy our journey to the Winter Regionals!

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Flatwork Training Update - 11.02.19

Each month, we attend a flatwork training clinic with Cathy Burrell where we spruce up on our dressage skills. Unfortunately, due to the winter flu, January's clinic was cancelled, so I was even more looking forward to our February session!

It didn't disappoint either, it was a super productive and fun session. We worked on lots of different aspects, starting off with straightening up our canter. I hadn't realised how Louie's hin was drifting inward but with an arena with a few mirrors at the end of the long side, I'd no excuses not to spot it!

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Equine Gastric Ulcers

For those of you who don't follow us on Instagram, you'll have missed our Thursday vlog story with a bit of an update. It was only a minute or so long, so I've decided to give a much more in detail update on the blog as I'm also really interested in showcasing our story and the progress along the way. So, sit back, whether with a lovely hot cuppa or a glass of chilled wine (depending on the time of the day!), and I hope you enjoy the insight from our experience in this post.

After we came back from a dressage competition at Richmond Equestrian Centre at the end of January, Louie seemed fine. Still into chewing the bobble on your hat, getting hold of all the toggles on your jackets & into every pocket looking for sweeties. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, and the key to this, is that nothing ever did. Louie enjoyed the next night off, as did I, and as I happily walked up to his stable on the Tuesday, he was in his usual place, snoozing after a day out in the field. He didn't come to the door of the stable, which was odd, but I didn't think too much of it, and popped my saddle on the rack outside his door, open my cupboard and grabbed a couple of sweets. Still no Louie... That is weird, I thought.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Silvermoor Ambassador Search

I am THRILLED to have made it into the final 10 in Silvermoor's search for their latest ambassador! But now we really need your help to secure as many votes as possible to help us become the latest member of their team! So please, if you can spare two minutes, please head over to the link below and give us your vote!

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Horsey Duvet Days

It's that time of the year again where the snow and ice are putting pause to all of fun & games with our horses... Where I'm stabled, we've actually been quite lucky in that we haven't really got much snow, and you can just about negotiate your way around & out of the yard without looking like a bad impression of Torvil & Dean! That said, the overnight hard frosts mean that the grass is rock solid and not an ideal delicacy for any horses stomach, so Louie hasn't been to play out for a few days now!

Friday, 1 February 2019

January Round Up

I am very pleased to say that I have very much started 2019 as I mean to go on... We've done everything we could possibly have wanted! Enjoyed beautiful early morning and late afternoon rides around the local Northumberland countryside, been to two dressage competitions, worked on our showjumping and flatwork at home, and had two MEGA showjumping sessions.

Sounds busy? It has been!!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Style & Protection with HKM Faux Fur Protection Boots

Combining a stylish boot for the dressage warm up with full leg & overreach protection

Louie wears brushing & overreach boots for all his flatwork, but also when he is out hacking, as well as being booted up with tendon and fetlock boots when he jumps. 

Why? Well, you just never know when accidents happen, but also, you only need to look at the pads of my brushing boots, the backs of my overreaches or the scratches between the tendon and fetlock boots to know he catches his own legs.

Showjumping Training Update - 26.01.19

Last weekend, three weeks after we had a supersonic showjumping training session to kick start 2019, we headed back to Will2Win to take our next step forward in our showjumping training. I was really looking forward to it, not only because we hadn’t jumped for a few weeks, but to prove that the the hard work and ways of riding since our last session was paying off.

The sessions didn't disappoint.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Dressage Competition Report - 27.01.2019

Yesterday, we ventured a little further afield to Richmond Equestrian Centre to compete in two British Dressage Novice test in the Bronze section. Although it's a bit further for us to go, it's only about a 90 minute drive over 65 miles, which sometimes I forget some people here in the North and Scotland need to do as a regular occurrence to compete at British Dressage...

Sunday morning wasn't too early a start... My alarm was set for the same time as it would be if I wanted to go out for an early sunrise ride, 7am. I arrived at the yard around 8.15am with only needing to feed, plait, do a bit of stain removing and give Louie a good overall brush. It makes a big difference having Andrew on hand so I don't have to think about getting the horsebox packed and sorted, plus he even gave me a hand plaiting, passing me the spray, brush and bands.

We left right on time - 9.40am. My dressage time wasn't until 1.05pm, so I needed to be in the warm up by 12.30pm. When travelling a bit further, I like to give Louie some chill time when we arrive, rather than just arriving to tack up and get on, so I was aiming to be there for 11.30am.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Changes to the Rules in Eventing for 2019

Entries are now open for the first British Eventing date on the 2019 calendar!

That's right folks, Aston-le-Walls & Epworth are now taking entries for their first events that run on 2nd March! I've seen many MANY social media posts of sheer elation that competitors are only six weeks from the start of the eventing season...well, almost just five by the time this post is published!!

Each year, British Eventing tweaks their rules & guidelines whether it is with safety and wellbeing in mind, or to enable the sport to become increasingly more accessible and encouraging new participants. 

I've been taking a look at some of the changes for 2019 that affect the grassroots level throughout to right at the top of the sport. And there lies one of the changes...

Monday, 21 January 2019

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Make Boudica Equestrian Your One Stop Shop for Breeches!

First up, I am a very tricky customer when it comes to me buying breeches...I'm every equestrian shop's nightmare customer. I try on hundreds of pairs of breeches, in many MANY shades and different style, only to walk away saying I don't like any of them. About eight or nine years ago, I found a pair of everyday breeches that I loved and I've stuck to them ever since. Competition wise it's similar, I found a pair a long time ago, and never needed to replace them... Until recently!

Boudica Equestrian is the place to head! Laura, CEO, takes the time to ask every which question you can possibly think about connected to breeches.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Dressage Competition Report - 16.01.2019

Earlier this week, we took a day out of the office and headed to our first competition of 2019. As you'll have seen, we've spent A LOT of our arena time over Christmas and in January trying to work on our showjumping, including riding a totally different way. I've felt, even at home and on hack, that Louie isn't enjoying the new way, but does respond positively to it when the jumps are in front of him. As such, I've felt him become a little resistant to the contact, slightly less supple and willingness to bend, and overall just waiting for me to really get a hold of him. Even at home in the arena, this has led to him feeling much more tense and less willing to reach forward and through his frame.

A few days before, I went back to our old way of schooling on the flat, and all of the above symptoms started to disappear, but I could still feel hints of them, ready and waiting to rear their heads! I finished our last schooling session a few days before we headed out, and it became more harmonious as it went on and felt just like before Christmas, but I knew at the competition, I'd have more tension at play...

Competition Day

A lovely luxury time of 11.17am for our first test. Great news! I could plait on the morning and leave the yard after any possibility of rush hour traffic. I even got an hour's lie in compared to a working day... It's all about the small wins!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

International Eventing Forum 2019

Time is galloping on to the 2019 International Eventing Forum!

As we’re nearly mid-way through January, do you have a plan in place to ensure you have your best eventing season yet? A great way to start is with the annual International Eventing Forum, which has become an essential date in the calendar of riders of all levels of skill and ambition.

What's on the agenda? 

Friday, 11 January 2019

A story of making progress in showjumping

While browsing Twitter over the first weekend of January, after a busy few days back in the office, I came across a tweet that just for some reason really resonated well with me... It showed a dark bay horse jumping a small cross pole and plank, contrasted with a less calom looking photo from 6 months earlier after going over a pole on the ground.

I read the tweet and found out that the rider had managed to jump her horse over some small jumps without a dramatic scene on the landing side. For anyone who has followed min and Louie's journey, or even just taken a flick through our 2019 goals, will know that our showjumping is a work in progress. Perhaps that's why seeing progress like this struck me so much more than usual.

Here's the tweet I'm talking about...

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Top Tips for Winter Stabling

Let’s face it, no equestrian puts winter as their favourite season! There’s definitely positives to the winter season such as winter training opportunities, but the dark nights, cold temperatures and distinct increase in mud, leave most of us pretty glum for these months of the year.

We’re welcoming Emily Davis onto Team Tunnah this morning to bring some of the top tips for if you’re considering whether or not to stable your horses. Keep reading on to enjoy four of Emily’s top tips

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Training Report - 06.01.19

Starting our showjumping as we mean to go on...

Well...the title says it all really... Only a few days ago, I published our 2019 goals, in which we were very open about our showjumping and we needed to get over the issues we've got with planks, fillers and water trays.

In fact, this actually just boils down to Louie going where I ask him to and when I ask him to. He needs to trust me and have the confidence that I'm not going to put him anywhere near danger.

Anyway, today we started on that road.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

2019 Goals

So, here we are in 2019...who'd have thought it. It only seems seconds since I was sitting thinking the same thing 12 months ago... But this year, I'm sitting what do I really want to achieve over the next 12 months? There's none of this "new year, new me" stuff, but I've got some big ambitions for both my blog and for Louie & I.

Let's start off with what I'd like to achieve with Louie.