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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!!

A couple of successful dressage competitions to start the year off...

For anyone who regularly reads our blog or follows us across social media, you'll have seen that we've managed to beat the January blue and up our motivation to make it to two British Dressage competitions throughout January.

The first...OK, it looks successful coming home with two red ribbons, BUT there was a lot of polishing needing to be done! We were out of practice having spend December not doing too much and enjoying hiring venues to showjump at over my Christmas break away from the office. Don't get me wrong, they weren't bad tests, but we can definitely do better.

If you missed it, make sure you take a few minutes to read all about it in the dressage competition report from Alnwick Ford this month.  

I went home and had 10 day until we made the trip a little further afield to Richmond Equestrian Centre, and I made every session at home really count! That doesn't mean we had 10 schooling session in between, no. I'd be dizzy doing circles that many times in such a short space of time. It actually worked out as just two, with three lunging sessions...

My aim was to not become fixed on everything that went wrong, but think about how I wanted our next tests to be - relaxed, fluid and more consistent. Take a look at how we did in our second competition report from Richmond Equestrian Centre

Showjumping as we mean to go on!

I've laid down a strict goal for our showjumpng in 2019... It's achievable, but requires hardwork, determination and motivation to keep going. In the time I've had Louie, I've never been so specific in defining what and where I would like to go with him in our showjumping. But right now I've got a big burning fire in my belly to make this work...

We went to a training session the first weekend of the month, and after a very honest and open conversation with Philippa before we got on, we had one of our best training sessions ever! It was a tough one, but productive and SO motivating! If you missed it, be sure to check out the showjumping training update from earlier in January.

Three weeks later we were back but we'd been working at home to keep going in between.

We'd got a couple of bit confused from our last session which mean I made a few mistakes on our lines, but with a few words from Philippa, we were soon skipping round a course finding all the right lines and strides! Take a read through where we were going wrong and what we did to correct it in the showjumping training update from last weekend...

Trying out some new equestrian products too

That's right...NEW THINGS! I'm a bit of a stickler for sticking to what I know, but this month we've given a few things a try and found ourselves more than pleasantly surprised!

Competition breeches. Andrew was on at me for about a year before I bought myself a new pair of competition breeches when mine finally dropped to bits, literally.

Before Christmas I ordered a pair of HKM breeches from the fabulous Boudica Equestrian, but with no competitions planned until the new year, I was keen to put them to the test come our first dressage competition this month. I didn't notice anything different...highlighting just how fantastically they fit. Nothing worse than uncomfortable breeches to distract you. I gave them a full review and a sneak peek into how you can find the perfect pair of breeches for you, so make sure you check it out!

It wasn't only me that tried some new things... Louie was a very lucky boy and was treated to some super lux faux fur lined dressage protection boots and comfort overreaches by HKM and again from Boudica Equestrian. It's not a brand for boots that I've tried before, nor have I ever had fur lined boots. What did we think of them? Find out in my blog post that talks about bringing style and protection together.

How's it going with the blog?

Did you see our 2019 goals? If you did, you'll have seen we set some seriously tough targets for the upcoming 12 months...

I've been spending a lot of time on an evening working on my blog & social media to start the year positively and give myself some motivation to keep working and chipping away at some of these HUGE targets.

Here's some of my highlights:
  • +14% growth in my Facebook likes; now up to 572
  • +9% growth in my Instagram followers; now up to 977
  • 30 new Twitter followers
  • SMASHED my Twitter impression target with 39.3k in January
  • SMASHED my Instagram average engagement target with 107 per post
  • 12 blog posts in January
Now this isn't all just about me & my goals...Hopefully all of you guys are enjoying the extra posts and stories from us. Make sure you tell us what you think in the comments below!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Pam! It didn't feel busy as we've plodded through the January blues, but looking back and we've actually done LOADS!! X

  2. Fantastic! I am so envious of your insta and facebook engagement! I have you on my page insights for comparison!

    1. Thanks Ruby! Just keep chipping away at things, but it is difficult to keep everything balanced! :)

  3. Sounds like a great start to the year! xx

    1. Yes, I feel like we've really started as we mean to go on and achieved so much in January alone! X


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