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.
A dream horse located and a bucket list item ticked off with a lovely American client.
Together we viewed some lovely horses in both Holland and Germany, even one that fulfilled the entire wish list. In between, we managed to find time to browse the amazing shopping at Equitana and to catch the fabulous demonstration by Ingrid Klimke.
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.
Sam O’Dwyer was kind enough to lend me her lovely mare Keystone Duchess for a demo in support of The Brooke charity, held at Plumpton College. We ran through the basics of training and making improvements in horses, followed by a question and answer session
A cold day for a trip up to Moulton College for an excellent Coaching Symposium with one of my para riders. There were a variety of different presentations with a para focus, a fascinating day with lots to take home.
No training or coaching sessions will be available during the time period of Jan 14th – 25th, as I will be out of the country.
Probably the most emotional horse shopping trip I have been on, with a para dressage rider who has had a very hard few years, she also had to brave through spasms on the second day. A trip with a happy ending, as lovely young horse will be on his way to the UK in the near future.