Elementary my dear horse

Why the national championships? Goals are personal and what matters to each rider really does depend on their own experiences. For me, competing successfully at the National Dressage Championships has meaning because when I first started proper dressage training a few years ago it seemed ridiculously unlikely that I would ever be good enough toContinue reading “Elementary my dear horse”

Eventually Eventing

  While I have focused on dressage and showing for the last number of years I actually used to event. I evented for a few years on the riding club circuit in the intermediate grade. I used to event whatever I was allowed to sit on. My biggest challenge was a chestnut mare ex racerContinue reading “Eventually Eventing”

Making a Show of Yourself Part 2 – Tack & Turnout

Rider Turnout Aim to look professional, tidy and workmanlike. Footwear – Adults long leather boots. (leather short boots and gaiters may be permitted, check rules of class). Adults cannot show in short boots only. Children under 12, short boots with jod clips. Children over 12, as per adults. Have your groom wipe your boots beforeContinue reading “Making a Show of Yourself Part 2 – Tack & Turnout”

Things you should know before having dressage lessons

Get used to being on a circle. You won’t be moving sideways at the greatest of ease any time soon. The circle is your friend, embrace the circle. Don’t go large around the arena – this does not go down well. If you have enough grasp of spatial relations to be able to ride aContinue reading “Things you should know before having dressage lessons”

Hail To The Bystander

Hail to the bystanders Always waiting to say You shouldn’t be riding Your horse in that way   Always ready with advice When you fall to the ground Although their only riding experience Is reading horse and hound

Psychological Reality of a Showjumping Lesson

Oh no, poles, not the poles!   Relax for god’s sake, they are poles what’s the worst that can happen?   Kill me now, I can’t even get over  pole with a bit of grace and elegance.  

50 Shades of Hay

Theres a new film coming out About standoffish Mr Grey And a moron without sense Who bites her lip all day I’m confused by all these women Who think this is such kink If they turn up in the stable yard They won’t know what to think