I’m delighted to be hosting elite equestrian physio Andy Thomas on March 23rd for an off-horse rider assessment and treatment clinic. 1:1 sessions are 45 minutes long and all ages levels and disciplines of riding are welcome. Location is Horsham area (venue tbc) and the day runs from 08:00-16:30. Due to popular demand, there are waiting list spaces only – contact me on email@example.com to get on the waiting list or to join the list for his next visit on 21st May. Future dates to be announced soon where there will be the option of initial and follow up treatment sessions.
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?
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.