Sarah Sjoholm-Patience gave a dressage demonstration at the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Group on Saturday 10th November, which raised over £1,000 for the charity. Demonstrating dressage training with a young horse through to advanced medium, the event attracted over 60 spectators. The charity provides disabled people with the opportunity to ride and benefit both their health and wellbeing.
With the new calendar year upon us, there is no better time to look at doing an annual plan for yourself and your horses.
The adage “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” may not be directly true, it could certainly be re-written to “if you want to succeed, you need to know what success is and how to get there.” So, what exactly is involved in an annual plan anyway?
In my last appearance at the TTT before it closes its doors (I will be out of the country for their last event with Miguel Ralao), I took Yvonne Peak’s young Andalusian gelding, Dominate, to East Whipley Farm for a couple of training sessions with Arthur Kottas. Dominate was super on both days, he keeps exceeding my expectations. I was particularly delighted to receive lots of compliments on how happy an athlete he seemed to be.
For the two weeks listed above, I will only be able to cover my regular weekly bookings and my training clients. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. As of September 21st, I will be back to my usual availability, as well as being able to offer Wednesdays within school hours.
Very much enjoyed attending Central Dressage’s Training Forum with Stephen Clarke with a group of clients. As usual, Stephen provided great insight into the work in front of him, and achieved super improvements in all the combinations with small corrections.
The TTT hosted Arthur Kottas for another one of their International Trainers dates. I had a couple of lovely rides on two very different Spanish horses. The first day I brought the lovely PRE mare Amora, owned by Sally Brookman, and the second day I brought the Yvonne Peek’s Andalusian gelding Dominate. We were really put through our paces, and left content and with homework to continue!
I was fortunate to work once again with Stephen Clarke at the TTT, who concentrated on the thoroughness and correctness of Sally Brookman’s lovely mare Amora. Stephen is ever positive, and he helped to highlight the mare’s talent and exercises for her to improve her strength.
A bit of cross training today, in a heavily jumping/ eventing centred Coaching Convention with the British Horse Society featuring Yogi Breisner and William Fox Pitt. Lots of good tips and the consistency in the importance in the quality of the rider’s basic aids and the horse’s response to them made for a great day.