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Julia Paterson Winter RidingA Busy Few Months Ahead!

Well January is a very busy month for me, in terms of work, so we didn’t get the chance to do as much activity as I’d have liked, but that being said, we have had weekly dressage lessons with Claire who is really happy with our progress and the lessons are really helping Marvin improve his suppleness. We have also been getting some good long hacks in at the weekends, and despite the weather not being ideal on some days, we are sticking to our reputation of ‘no fair weather riders here!

We missed our show jumping clinics with Susie Gibson as I was away working in London on both occasions so instead, I hired a bigger outdoor school just up the road where we have been able to work on our show jumping practice.

January is also a month of MOTs with Andy Wheals giving both my saddles a good check over. I use the adjustable air flocking system from Flair and both saddles needed re-adjusting as Marvin’s shape has altered due to his work load changing. Marvin also had a physio session with Andrea Bainbridge and she was very happy with him – no problems at all.

So February is a very busy month with our training. We have five days booked in with Susie and two with Claire, in addition to a number of show jumping competitions to get our focus on jumping the bigger classes. Marvin’s feeling very fit and well – we have been working on his ‘interval’ canter work and he is like a coiled spring! He could certainly complete a one-day-event tomorrow and still have more energy to boot, so if the weather holds I think we may start some cross-country training too, just to get our eye in earlier as it’s only three months until Badminton and two months until our first run!

So until next time – bye for now!

Julia