A funny thing, time. I heard a wonderful piece of wisdom over mince pies today: “Six months viewed into the future seems like a long time, when viewed in hindsight, it is just like yesterday.” I am not certain of the original source of this quote, but I am certain that it rings true.
I have wrapped up my last Simulator Clinic of 2017, held on the Racewood Advanced Dressage Simulator at Wildwoods. If you are looking for a great way to improve your riding in the New Year, check out my Calendar page for my 2018 dates.
Miles and I headed to Hartpury for day one of the British Dressage Convention, with a distinctly German theme. The presenters, Michael Klimke and Ulf Möller, worked with a number of horses and riders, always with the consistent theme of relaxation and having the horse stepping through and actively from behind.
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.
Today I took one of my young horses over to Quob Stabes to do a young horse training demo during their Strictly Come Dressage evening. The night seemed to be a great success, with over 200 tickets sold, a good experience for my ride, and lots of awareness for a great charity.
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.
A great German trip delayed somewhat by our original flight out being cancelled. Successful horse shopping as well as getting to watch both the Aachen CHIO Dressage and Show Jumping Nations Cup classes.
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!