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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vidauban CDI: (Feb 29-Mar 4, 2012)
Had a fantastic time in the sunshine at the Vidauban CDI in southern France competing Desiderata (Blondie) in our first International Grand Prix. Though the first test had several (very) big hiccups, we managed to redeem ourselves in the second with a cleaner test. Find out more about our journey on Blondie’s Facebook page. A big thank you to husband Miles Patience and Blondie’s owner Becky Whitcombe for their company and help on the trip.
I will be riding for Arthur Kottas, one of the world’s best trainers, as part of his dressage visit at Contessa Riding Centre.
Arthur Kottas is a leading authority on dressage training. He was born in Vienna in 1945 and joined the Spanish Riding School as a trainee in 1960. He became the Chief Rider in 1981 and Riding Master in 1983. Arthur was then First Chief Rider from 1995 until he retired in 2002. Since his retirement Arthur has been in great demand as a trainer around the world.
This is a fantastic opportunity to watch. Tickets available at http://contessariding.co.uk/index.php/events-calendar/