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HorseHage – Official Forage Supplier to Equestrian Team GBR

Team GBR

HorseHage is continuing its role as official supplier of dust-free forage to Equestrian Team GBR.

 

HorseHage bagged forage has been supplied to the British equestrian teams since 1984 and offers a healthy, dust-free, consistent alternative to hay or big bale haylage. It has BETA NOPS certification and is free from any chemical additives, mould inhibitors, flavourings, molasses or inoculants and has a lower sugar level than hay. It is available in four different types, offering a choice of energy and protein levels, so there is a variety to suit all horses and ponies, including laminitics.

 

Said Chris Tar of HorseHage: “We are thrilled to be able to continue our support of the British Equestrian Federation and Team GBR competing in the various equestrian disciplines and wish the teams much success in the forthcoming major events this year.”

 

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Tam’s Blog – June 10th

Now spring is well underway, we’ve been stepping up our activities.  Beau is doing fine but I’m worn out!

Mollichaff HoofKind CompleteHe’s looking great on Mollichaff Hoofkind Complete, which he seems to really enjoy, as does Simon’s horse, Parker.  Beau squeals like a little piggy at feeding time so I know he’s enjoying it!  We changed from using hay to using HorseHage for travelling, and he is doing really well on that too – hay was making him snotty after being in the truck and that problem has now gone.  We also changed his bit which has been really good for him.  A good friend was selling a Neue Schule Verbindend dressage legal bit and I thought it was worth a try.  He has lost his stiffness on the left side and is not resisting this one at all.  I suspect that because the Myler is independently jointed, my lazy left arm was not moving with my right, therefore blocking him and causing stiffness on that rein.

Tam & Beau

Camp

May 20th to 22nd was Cherwell Valley RC senior camp at Bury Farm Equestrian Village.  It was brilliant!

We had decided to stick to two sessions per day because Beau is 19 now and having made it this far with clean legs I don’t want to be the cause of any injury by asking him to overdo it.

We started with a flat lesson from the ever-patient Matt Cox, where, in the heat of the international indoor arena, Beau and I learned to canter leg yield so that we can ride better corners.

Matt Cox Lesson

Then Simon took over the ride for a session over ground poles with our CVRC Chairman, Amanda.  That was a cracking session!  Last time Simon and Beau attempted polework, Beau took charge and did everything at canter (very stompily!).  This time, after having worked on some of the control and balance techniques he’s been learning, it was Simon, rather than Beau, that decided when to walk and when to trot.  I was so proud!

We tucked the ponies in and tucked ourselves into wine and spag bol to build up energy for the following day.  After hardly any sleep because of the rain on my friend’s (extremely comfy) camper van, Saturday dawned with sunshine and no wind – marvellous.

Simon started the day with a jumping session with Jonathan Canty, who was chuffed to bits with Simon’s progress and that he was no longer getting carted at the mere sight of a pole.  At one point the old boy did let himself down and decide it was all too slow and steady but Simon wouldn’t let him take control so all was fine .  One rider in the session commented – “Oh, so he’s not completely the perfect horse then!”

Poles

My afternoon session was another go at side-saddle with Ginny Oakley teaching and providing saddles (and ladylike-ness), which was one of the highlights of my camp – Beau was legendary.  And to make it even better, my quadrille team-mate, Batman-Nanna came to play too. It was her and her horse’s first time wonky and they were both amazing.  She won’t mind me sharing that she suffers from hip pain so wasn’t sure she’d be able to do it at all, but was off like a professional once the saddle was fitted.  Beau and I have had three or four sessions before this, so I decided we ought to build on what we’d done before and off we trotted.  Whilst Ginny wasn’t looking, I tapped him into a canter, and we even did (half of a) flying change across the arena!  Awesome.  I find it quite difficult to stay properly balanced but I think because you’re seated so far back on the horse’s back, it helps Beau to balance better onto his engine rather than his shoulders.

We have yet to source a saddle or habit so have yet to tick off the ‘attend a show side saddle’ target … but I’m hopeful of Camelot coming up trumps for me (see previous blog – they have clearly been giving their money to the wrong people all these years.  Hmph!)

Sidesaddle

Sidesaddle

Sidesaddle

Sidesaddle

One of the lovely CVRC members, Rachel, very kindly brought her horse, Indie, along to help out another member whose horse had been un-level during Friday’s session, but by Saturday morning he was fine so I took the ride for another flat session with Matt.  She is the most rhythmical, well-schooled and consistent horse to ride.  Her canter is like sitting on a cloud!  I could not get her to come round in walk but she is practically a machine the rest of the time!  She had her brave boots on too, coming past scary machines and into the big arena whilst the other horses were worrying along behind her. I learned that my instructions could be clearer – it’s a wonder Beau ever knows what I am asking him for!  And after that session my legs were like un-set jelly.  If there is one thing I am grateful for with Beau, it’s that you only need to give him a hint and he does it.  Therefore I totally blame him for my lack of fitness!

IndieOn the Sunday I woke up with my core muscles screaming at me that I’d ridden side-saddle the previous day!  We had a flat, a poles and a cross-country session booked, with the first one at 9am, so Beau was fed and mucked out by 6.30am and then he went back to sleep whilst we sourced coffee and breakfast.

I had chosen to do a flat lesson with Jules La Garde to work on my position and try to stop restricting Beau with my seat.  So I got to ride round in walk, imagining Daryl Dixon’s hands lifting my seat in rhythm with his walk.  She also gave us a marvellous warm up routine which covers off all the bits of the horse from back to front and only takes a few mins.  It was fun .  And funny, because with four riders trying to do 10 metre figures of eight in the same arena it got very confusing.  Just like quadrille!

Beau was such a legend at camp – 99.9% the perfect horse.  In fact he would probably write this blog better than me, though I guess his hooves would make a mess of the keyboard.  We pulled out of cross-country training on the Sunday and Simon did a poles session to give him a break.  He had been so good and we had had such a fab time – and we didn’t want to ruin it!

 

Progress?

It seems to have been get up, go to work, come home, go to bed, get up, go to a competition/camp, go to bed and so on in May and early June.  As I sit here I can’t remember what we have done!  I can tell you that we haven’t hacked enough, I must rectify that and make sure there is a little space in the diary for pressure-free fun for me and for Beau.  He loves hacking.  I think the progress has been building on what we have learned, and building the partnership more with Beau.  I have owned a couple of nutters in the recent past so it is taking me a while to stop expecting him to do what they used to.  We’re getting there though.  (I should hope so, I’ve had him a year now!)

Team Quest

We managed to fit in two Team Quest competitions this month, one at Quainton (where I rode for another CVRC team), and one at Vale View, another relaxed and friendly venue.  Sadly the entries have been low at Vale View so after 11th June they are not planning to run any more TQ .  The good news is that we scored 64.79% at Quainton and 65.5% at Vale View.  HOWEVER…Tory and Beau scored 67.5%.  Going to duct tape her arms and legs next time, then let’s see her beat me on my horse!  It’s only because I went first and got him used to the swags on the arena walls.  Nothing to do with the accidental tempi changes in the second canter.  Nothing at all…

TQ Vale View

I am not sure what is happening with my scores, it all seemed to be going so well but it looks as though I have now peaked and plateaued  and the all-important 80% still eludes us.  I need to go and talk to Beau I think.

Dressage scores tracker

We are mildly hopeful of a place in the regionals at this stage – ie. we’re still hopeful whilst all the proper teams have yet to post full scores.  The top 15 teams qualify and we are sitting 6th.  I am posting the leader board because the only way is probably down and I want a record!

TQ-leaderboard

Veteran Championships

Horse and Hound ran an article publicising the Veteran Horse Society Champs and qualification through BD Quest – so I checked, and Beau and I have qualified!  On 2nd June, his passport went off in the post to be stamped so we can compete at Bury Farm in the finals . I have never qualified for a Championship before, except the CVRC one of course, but this one’s NATIONAL!  Not letting Tory go, because she is a better rider and will beat me.  She needs to get her own horse sound and beat me on her instead.

BRC

The BRC Festival of the Horse was at Aston Le Walls on 4th June.  I had myself down to volunteer but found myself severely double booked with my in-laws golden wedding celebrations!  So my ever heroic little sister and a friend from CVRC stepped in and fence judged instead.  BRC look after their volunteers ever so well and I can recommend volunteering.  Unless you’re on a diet in which case stay away ;) It’s a great way to watch and learn whatever job you’re doing.  I was scores collecting at the Intermediate champs and learned lots about show jumping and also about organisation and team work which is all applicable to real life.  I also learned that day that another team has chosen the same quadrille theme as us (via a roundabout discussion on Facebook) so we have had to change themes!  I think the new one is funnier though – which is what people have come to expect from us, seeing as we go there to have fun, not to do wonderful dressage ;)

Quadrille

There will be plenty of acclimatisation for the quadrille venue which is Bury Farm.  By the time we get to quadrille on 1st October we will have attended camp there in May, and the previous week it’s the Veteran Championships there too!  We have re-written our music (I can’t WAIT to see the judges’ faces!!!) and tweaked the routine to fit.  There are really only so many moves you can come up with for quadrille, so fitting them together is the challenge – to try and tell the story.  Our star rider has her GCSEs this month too, and as she is the only one young enough to remember the test from practice to practice, the main difficulty is trying to do the same thing each time.  The summer season is now well underway, with dressage competitions and endurance for one of our team members, but we’re focused and making time to practice – usually on Friday nights after work/school when we’re all mentally drained and physically ruined from earning enough money to hire the arena to practice in!

Shopping

Horses are expensive.  There is no way to argue that.  We’re OK for saddles (though I am predicting a bank loan if I see the right side-saddle!) but the lorry we have currently has no living, meaning we have to remember to pack a flask, and a tent for away events.  Rockstar Horseboxes is run by a friend of ours so we are commissioning him to put living in.  It’s not cheap for what we need (want) so I can see a severe gin shortage in our house in the coming months and no shopping at all.  Thank goodness Mollichaff gave me all those gorgeous competition clothes!

Old friends for me and new for Beau

However, I did pop down to our local feed store the other day for our Mollichaff Hoofkind supply, and bumped into an old friend who I haven’t seen in a couple of years.  Turns out her daughters are learning to ride so she was there buying kit for them.  We got chatting and I offered her a play on Beau on the Sunday as she is currently horseless.  Luckily because of anniversary celebrations and me being so behind on my jobs at home, Beau had the day off on Saturday.  On the Sunday he had a schooling session with Tracy Schofield (new goal here – she will ride him in an Elementary class) followed immediately by another one with Ruth and then a pony ride for her eldest daughter.  I think Beau had had enough by this point as suddenly everything in the arena became scary!  I am pleased to report that Ruth’s daughter already has a superglue seat . Ruth seemed to enjoy riding the old battle-axe and will be playing out regularly now which is great for me working full time with a long commute, and great for Beau keeping his joints moving, and great for Ruth to keep her seat in for the summer.

Ruth

Fame and fortune

Well, imagine my surprise this month to be sent a link to our local paper – the Northampton Chronicle – and to see Beau and me staring out from the page.  That’s it, I thought, we’ve made it.  The following week, I was informed there was an article about us in the local village news booklet!  We really have made it now ;)

Read the Article

Beau remains unaffected

Goals: updated for May:

  • Dressage:  The main focus is now to get 70% in a prelim test unaffiliated.  Hard!
  • Team Quest:  This goal now has to be updated to be to qualify for the regionals.  *bites fingernails*
  • Side saddle: I just want to get better – maybe enter a show if I can find a suitable saddle and habit to hire.  Especially now we have cantered properly on both reins!  Ginny says we wouldn’t disgrace ourselves in a novice class – I just need to find one..
  • Quadrille: To play out at Bury Farm again in 2016 for Cherwell Valley RC.  It would be awesome to qualify but Quadrille is such immense fun it doesn’t matter if we don’t.  So excited to see the judges’ faces when our entrance music comes on!
  • Jumping: To jump a whole course in canter.  No progress, didn’t even jump at camp!
  • New goal – to get into Horse and Hound (for the right reasons) which is the only way I can top the Village News

Tam and Beau x

Debbie Celebrates 30 Years at Mark Westaway & Son

Debbie Harris 30 Years at Horsehage

Debbie Harris, our National Sales Manager for the HorseHage and Mollichaff brands, is celebrating 30 years of working at our head office, Mark Westaway & Son, in Devon.

Debbie began her career with the well-established forage and feed producer back in June 1986 when she was employed as a Sales Promotion Representative by the late Mark Westaway (Senior), the founder of the company and inventor of HorseHage bagged forage.

She was initially attracted to the position because it was a family-run business based in the country and coming from a horsey background, she thought it would be a good combination. She is now responsible for a team of staff and over-sees sales throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.

HorseHage is made in the UK by three licenced regional producers – Mark Westaway & Son in Devon; Fox Feeds in Hertfordshire and Friendship Estates in South Yorkshire. The producers also manufacture the Mollichaff range of complete feeds and chaffs.

Said Debbie: “What has kept me here is the products. I believe in each and every one of them as they have evolved. When I started, we had two products – Ryegrass HorseHage and Lucerne and as feeding has changed over the years, I have been involved in developing a range of high fibre products that do what they say on the bag and more recently, the Mollichaff complete feed range.”

“My role has obviously changed a lot. At first I was on the road all the time, visiting potential new stockists and we still have many of them now. I also attended all the shows both in the UK and Ireland. I am now mainly office-based but I do attend some of the events with the HorseHage tradestand team and this is one aspect I really enjoy as it gives me the opportunity to talk face to face with our consumers.”

“As the company has grown, wholesalers have enabled us to get our products into a wider range of outlets, but the biggest change is customer knowledge. Horse owners’ knowledge of feeding is amazing now. They are so much more aware of what they are feeding and why. Technology via the internet and social media has played a huge role in educating the consumer and also allowing us to reach them so much more easily – I love it! Just one click to send an e-shot instead of posting out costly and time-consuming mailshots!”

Said Mark Westaway: “Debbie has played an important role in the development of HorseHage and Mollichaff and we are proud to have such a long-standing member of staff on our team.

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HorseHage Celebrates 40 Years of Experience!

HORSEHAGE 40 Years of Experience

We are proud to announce that our HorseHage brand, synonymous with high quality, dust-free forage for horses, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The company was established when the late Mark Westaway (Snr) became increasingly concerned about his event horses persistently coughing. His veterinary surgeon expressed the view that the coughing was dust-related and that since hay was the major dust source, the problem would continue unless someone could come up with a dust-free forage designed specifically for the horse. So the challenge was set and from that chance but significant remark, the idea for HorseHage was born.

The company, Mark Westaway and Son, which has developed the HorseHage brand into a global name, is now headed by Mark’s son, (also named Mark) and his brother-in-law, Chris Tar.

Mark comes from a farming background and the Westaway family has been based at Love Lane Farm in Marldon, Devon since 1952. This is now also the Head Office of the HorseHage operation, and one of three regional licensed producers in the UK – the other two being Friendship Estates in South Yorkshire and Fox Feeds in Hertfordshire. There are also HorseHage producers in Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.

Mark Westaway & Son was awarded the Royal Warrant in 1983 after Her Majesty the Queen’s horse, Burmese, was fed HorseHage when suffering from a respiratory problem. She was just one of tens of thousands of horses and ponies, from Shetlands to Thoroughbreds that have benefited from HorseHage’s dust-free properties.

HorseHage is the Official Forage Supplier to Equestrian GB. HorseHage has been supplied to the British Equestrian Teams at every Olympic Games from Los Angeles in 1984 through to the present day.

The original Ryegrass variety has been joined by High Fibre HorseHage, Timothy HorseHage and the specialist product, Alfalfa HorseHage.

Mark Westaway gives two main reasons for the success of HorseHage: “Firstly it is a natural product with no additives and is the nearest thing you can get to grass in the field. Secondly, it not only benefits a horse’s respiratory system, but its digestive system too. 40 years of production has given us all the knowledge and experience we need to make a top quality product.”

HorseHage is fed by several top riders to their competition horses, including event rider, Mary King; para-dressage rider, Bert Sheffield, dressage rider and trainer, Beverley Brightman and show jumper, Spencer Roe, as they realise the importance of feeding a high quality, dust-free forage.

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Tam’s Blog May 2016

1 Living outHere’s the latest blog from our Mollichaff-sponsored amateur rider, Tam Thompson:

March’s weather proved challenging for us in the wilds of Northants.  The mud was becoming unbearable, but perhaps more so the cattle shed muckings out in the nearby farmyard.  So we moved both horses to our dear friend and neighbour’s yard down the road.  (The humans can close the window…) They now have grass and more space, and my sister, Tory, keeps her horse there to, so we can all play ponies together – perfect.  I am unbearably excited about the approaching Spring and Summer now – it seems as though opportunities for improvement are everywhere – not least because the boys’ new landlady is ‘Mrs Motivator’ and doesn’t let me get away with the old stock excuses of ‘it’s raining’, or ‘he’s too lively to ride today (very rare)’!  I intend to grab each advancement and build on it as much as I can.


Progress?

I had another lesson with Jonathan Canty just before the Cherwell Valley RC dressage competition on March 26th, and we practiced strategies for improving my inconsistent contact.

3 Lesson with Jonathan Canty 

It seems to be working, because – here’s some news – I came 2nd in the prelim class the next day!  Out of seven entries too, so better than halfway.  The score was 65.75%, just .05% off my 65.8% PB from February’s Team Quest.

2 CVRC Dressage competition

I have either been lucky twice or I’m actually improving.  My only worry is that the list of things I have to tell myself each time I get on board will become too long to remember.  If you see me with apparent written notes on my stock/sleeve it’s because so far the list is:

  • Bend my elbows
  • Keep my hands level with each other
  • No more motorbike riding with my left hand
  • Use more inside leg
  • Stop nagging with my legs
  • Tilt my pelvis the other way
  • Breathe (in and out)
  • Floppy joints (no more heels down)
  • Sit up
  • Communication down the reins is a two-way thing
  • Rhythm
  • Contact
  • Rhythm again
  • And contact.  Again

 

The ever-growing list does serve to distract me slightly from my competition nerves though, which can only be a good thing for me, and more so for Beau.  I can’t be easy to carry when tense.  I once managed to be so nervous and tense that after a test I physically could not bend my legs to get off.  I was stuck on my horse!

On Easter Monday, Simon and I rode the boys at their new home for the first time.  Simon had to go to work afterwards so we only had ten minutes which I decided to make count.  I have to say, and I wish I knew why, Beau was amazing!  Instead of downwards transitions being gravity-led, everything was upwards and even managed a passable canter to walk – on both reins!  I will probably never be able to repeat that but wow did he feel incredible.  I think this horse will teach me so much; he knows his job and just needs for me to be asking the right questions.  I proved that the following day when I took Beau into the school and we managed no decent work at all.  Tory said it looked Ok-ish, but I didn’t achieve the lift we got in our lesson.  One step forward…!

In other news I’ve been trying to build on the luck I had winning this sponsorship by doing the Lottery – so I can buy ‘Clip-Clop Towers’ for all my horsey friends to share, and have training every day like Charlotte.  Not a squeak from Camelot so far.  I think they must have made a counting error.

 

Quadrille

Quadrille planApril 1st – no joke – OUR QUADRILLE ENTRY HAS BEEN ACCEPTED!  So excited!  There is always a small risk that the event will be over-subscribed so we all lose sleep the night before entries open.  I suspect there may be fewer teams applying this year though, because for the first time, sadly the final will not be held at Olympia .  On the positive side it will be at Bury Farm which is where the qualifiers are held (and the Cherwell Valley RC Camp in May), so all the horses and humans will be familiar with their surroundings.  Plus, there’s a bar…

Practice had stalled a little because we were struggling to find an indoor arena the right size which is available when we are not all at work or school.  We now have some dates pencilled in and hopefully we can test some of the movements we’ve come up with (i.e. try to work out how to translate what on earth we were thinking, into movements with four horses at the same time – see fig.2??!!?). The Minions and the teddy bear are exhausted from all the practice they’ve been doing, and need a rest.  First practice was fab, but after an hour practicing the movements, when we put it all together we had less than three minutes of test!  Back to the drawing board.

 

Team Quest

The second Team Quest competition was on April 2nd at Glebe Farm in Northants, a lovely friendly local venue.  This time the competition was outside, but the weather was glorious!  Unfortunately three of our team horses had injured themselves, including my sister’s horse, Sardra, so Beau stepped up for Tory, and our Chairman, Amanda, brought her horse to lend to two more competitors.  Both horses were legends, particularly Amanda’s who had not competed at all this year.  Entries seemed to be dominated by members of our club, so it was basically a Cherwell Valley RC playday in the sun!  I think there was one rider who was outside CVRC from all the day’s entries.  We’re keen!  This meant the three CVRC teams all scored points for placings, my team coming 3rd (of 3).  However, Beau gave me another PB score of … wait for it … 68.8%!!!  I was astounded to say the least but I have to say it did feel a nice relaxed rhythmical test, so perhaps some of this training really is sinking in.

6 Team Quest Beau being ridden by me

What was very interesting is that in Tory’s test on Beau I saw my tests on him until very recently, which made me feel better!  They were going beautifully in the warm up and then got tense at A – hard not to do.

The third Team Quest for us was back at Swallowfield EC, such a lovely relaxed venue.  This time Tor scored better than me on Beau with 68.04% – that needs sorting out before next time (thistles in her socks I think..) and my score dropped back to 66.8% . Better than we used to get though, so it’s still good.

5 Team Quest Beau being ridden by Auntie Tory

At the fourth Team Quest on 8th May we reverted to 64.7%.  I think it was because every time I found a space to warm up, everybody else followed, so Beau was having to dodge small ponies charging at him in medium trot, and got quite antsy about it all before our test.  Plus I was tense and tired from the previous day’s Combined Training event (see later) …

7 The CVRC Team Quest Squad

I have dug out all of our test sheets ever to see if we have been improving all along, and we have – graph below.  It’s thanks to Mollichaff’s generous bursary and the resulting extra torture training I’ve been having.  Our first competition was July last year, and the red vertical line shows the start of this year’s training sessions:

Graph of test results

 

Christmas comes early!

It was the official handover of the bursary and all the fabulous gifts from Mollichaff on 11th April.  Becky and Kate from HorseHage and Mollichaff came to see us and I think you can see from the photos on the HorseHage & Mollichaff Facebook page and website how excited I was.  Beau took it all in his stride.  He usually does, especially if he is bribed.  No amount of bribing or coercion was going to get his ears forward though.  We managed one picture with one ear forward but that was because I was pushing it from behind his neck!  He has the patience of a saint, bless him, but he gets easily bored…

Our CVRC Winter Series Dressage Championships was held on 23rd April, and we came 2nd in the Prelim!  The score was 65.83%, not bad but heading in the wrong direction.  More exciting was Simon’s score with Beau of 64.78% nabbing him a 5th in the Intro Championship.  It was such a lovely test – a vast improvement in their partnership

10 CVRC Winter Series Dressage Champs

9 Simon on Beau at the CVRC Winter Series Dressage Champs

 

Shopping

Since Beau’s GP saddle had started to look quite old and worn, we had to go out and buy a new one.  Luckily I’d seen this coming and been saving.  Simon’s legs are so long he can’t ride in my Wintec dressage and has always struggled with the GP, so we bought a jumping saddle which was fitted to him by Breathe Saddlery and is sooooooooooooooo comfy!  I really have no excuse now .

11 Fitting Beau's new saddle


 

Jumpies!

Our RC Area combined training competition was postponed from 17th April to 7th May.  In a moment of madness ( and without the help of any gin!) I volunteered to take the place of a team member who had dropped out.  It slowly dawned on me afterwards that would mean jumping a whole course!  So I told myself, “Well, that is a goal for 2016 and there’s no time like the present!”  EEK!  I have practiced.  Once.  Over one fence.  Beau knows his job and despite my hindering him on the approach a bit (a lot) we did fine in practice.  It gave me more confidence but I still expected a full meltdown on the way to the comp.

13 Jumping practice

On the day, I lined up Tory to drive the lorry with mine and our friend’s ponies in, but in the end I just got on with it.  We arrived at the lovely Atherstone RC field in plenty of time and quite relaxed.  In our dressage test we got two 8’s!!!!  And after the dressage we were – get this – in equal first with 31.5 penalties.  I was astounded and when I saw the scoreboard almost cried!

15 Area Combined Training Dressage

It made me determined to get a clear round SJ, but when it came to it I was so terrified of being run off with, I made poor Beau do the whole course from trot.  At one point I even pulled him up!  We got no jumping faults but managed to equal our dressage penalties with time faults.  Annoying because had I let him canter we’d have won and the team would have come second.  However, it has boosted me for next time.  It is another goal achieved because I didn’t cry . Beau is such a legend.

14 Area Combined Training Showjumping

He even loaded himself coming home (whilst still tied to the outside of the lorry).  Of course, next day for Team Quest he didn’t want to load at all ;) He is having a couple of days off now to rest up for CVRC camp in 2 weeks.

 

Goals: Updated for May:

  • Dressage: To beat my PB of 65.0% – Done with 65.8%, then done again with 68.8%! - and get 70% in a prelim test unaffiliated.  Nearly there but it does feel a long way off.  I suspect this will be like losing 4 stone quickly and then struggling to shift the last 3 pounds.

 

  • Team Quest: To compete in Team Quest for the first time – Done! – and improve my initial scores by the end of the season.  (1st comp 65.8%, 2nd comp 68.5%, 3rd comp 66.8, 4th comp 64.7% )

 

  • Side saddle: I just want to get better – maybe enter a show if I can find a suitable saddle and habit to hire. No progress here, but at CVRC camp at the end of May there will be a chance to have another play.

 

  • Quadrille: To play out at Bury Farm again in 2016 for Cherwell Valley RC.  It would be awesome to qualify but Quadrille is such immense fun it doesn’t matter if we don’t.  First practice was on 8th April and though we have had to change our theme, we are slowly building a floorplan.

 

  • Jumping: To jump a whole course of fences with no fuss and no tears, and no arena surface in my teeth!  DONE!!!!!!  (Next target is to jump a whole course in canter!)

Tam and Beau x

 

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