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!
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.
It was all up do’s and fancy frocks at this charity fundraiser for the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association, held at the Epsom Racecourse.
In a repeat of last year’s very successful demo, the TTT hosted Stephen Clarke and Migue Ralao to present dressage from both a trainer’s and a judge’s point of view and I was very fortunate to ride for them. On the first day I brought Sam O’Dwyer’s very talented mare Keystone Duchessa, who can be very tricky in the connection, and struggled with tension, which both Stephen and Miguel helped me to work on. The second day I took Sally Brookman’s lovely mare Amora for our first outing together, she did brilliantly, and we had a great ride for Miguel.
This year Peter Storr, Sandy Phillips and Isobel Wessels provided an interesting presentation of judging at various levels, highlighting the difference in what the judges see from different positions (accuracy and centrelines at C, straightness from H and engagement of the hind end from B) as well as working through some of the issues shown in the test to demonstrate the same combinations executing the movements better.