Competition season starts!

After a busy year at uni it was great to get some of my horses at home back out and competing. Jack (Dreamland C) is a 11 year old KWPN who we bought as a project horse for me and my dad to produce on. Jack had previously show jumped at a 5 year old but hadn’t done much until we got him. We have had jack 2 years now and things are finally starting to click with his eventing. Jack and I did our first ODE the other year in over a year since he through a splint and i couldn’t have be more proud of him! We got out best dressage mark to date and there was still plenty more to come, a few issues showjumping where both of our rustyness showed which led to 2 stops but no poles down and then he flew round the cross country clear inside the time! Without the show jump issues we would have placed 4th.

We have come away to spend the rest of the month doing some showjumping and continue cross country schooling in preparation for our next event at the beginning of July.

Here are a few images from his cross country schooling last week

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The WUC Equine Academy 2018/19

Wow where do i begin to start?! The equine academy has become my family and home for the past year and what an amazing experience it has been. It has taken to while to settle back in at home after an incredible year training hard to achieve the goals i set myself at the start of the year. None of this could be achieved without the hard work of our extremely supportive coach Jane! I’m very excited to see what the future has in store for us. IMG_0555

Exams are looming!

Whilst my revision is slowly increasing Dragon is still on his rehabilitation programme of controlled hand walking. At the point in time i need to make sure that i keep the balance between doing work and spending time with the horses, this requires strict discipline and self control to not spend all my time at the horses! I have decided to send Dragon home a week early whilst i am sitting my exams so i do not need to worry about time constraints and carrying out his rehab.

I can’t believe the year is nearly over already! The training we have received from the academy have provided me with the basic groundwork we need for the summer ahead. Once these exams are over we can get on with the busy summer that is planned ahead!!CXPR3375

Horses will be Horses

Unfortunately Dragon has strained his Check Ligament and is needing some time off! He will be on walking work for 4 weeks then we can slowly add trot 5 minutes at a time for another 4/5 weeks where we can then start to introduce canter work. This is a very annoying set back but whilst he is recovering i will be making the most of the facilitates available at Writtle to kick start his rehabilitation before going home for summer in 3 weeks.

Petplan National Championships 2019

Firstly i would like to thank Jane and the academy with all her help with running through my tests with me and helping to perfect the movements from marker to marker!! After a nice early start our trip down to Hartpury begun, however, it did not go to plan as our lorry broke down 10 minutes into the journey, but i was in luck and a friend offered to take us. This set back didn’t leave much time on the other side and after finding out my arena it was time to tack up and get on. Dragon warmed up beautifully and we where ready to go in! The atmosphere was amazing! and i felt honoured to be able to compete there! I was so happy with how Dragon went however a mistake dropped our mark down. The aim for the day was to just go and have fun whatever the result and we definitely did that!! I cant wait to get him out again and aim to return next year!

Leaving the ground

Whilst Dragon is predominately a dressage horse now days he does enjoy a little jump now and then! We joined in with Miranda and Felix jump training the other day and he loved it. It’s also very good for his hocks to keep them flexing after his injections IMG_4243