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Saturday, 13th February 2010

Jenson (Man of Quality) belonging to Ruth Serrell

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Jenson and Bridgit have just returned from their party at Addington with lots to tell. Jenson was fantastically well behaved and coped with all the horses riding round him in the arena. He was not at all spooky and really just got on with his job like a proper man - I think he likes to be the joker at home! At least he knuckles down when it really matters. He competed in a Preliminary 4 dressage test and completed an accurate test albeit slightly green but he is only just 4 years old so I think this is allowed considering he is such a big chap.

Bridgit went to the party as well but not to compete as there were not enough spaces in the class - I left it very late to enter and was only allowed one slot! She came out like a real pro and looked really established and happy in her work. She is ideal to take as a nanny on the lorry as she is so well behaved and doesn't get at all stressed just quietly munches on her hay!

Holly and I came away feeling very pleased with our babies - a very promising start for them.

Pinkie departs this Sunday and will be replaced by Hannah - Steph and Mo Haslams large riding horse mare to produce for the season.

More later!

Thursday, 11th February 2010

Simius Web

At last my re-vamped website is up and running thanks to Andrew at Simius Web - we have spent many nights together (metaphorically speaking!!) working away and I do hope you all like the finished result. Any comments are much appreciated and, as you will see, there is space for any of my pupils to send in photos to be included on the gallery and of course any photos of horses sold competing with their new owners.

As I am writing yet again the weather is not being helpful - bring on the hot weather and bbq's!!

Ellen Stanwell

Jenson (Man of Quality) is really starting to slot into his work. Ellen Stanwell made a visit to the yard ten days ago and checked all the horses. Jenson had some chiropractic work done to him and it has made a big difference to his straightness. Being such a big baby he was struggling with his balance and co-ordination but all this is coming together - another couple of months down the line when his muscles have built up with this consistent way of going and I think we will all notice a big difference - he really is a lovely big horse. He is going out to his first party this weekend so I will keep you updated on how things go. I am really looking forward to his career.

My invaluable team now also have their own dedicated page on my website. You can read more about my team here.

Sam and Kate are progressing nicely. Kate is becoming much straighter in her position and this is reflected in the consistency of Sam's work. When I sit on him to demonstrate part of a lesson I can immediately notice that he is much softer and straighter so I can really tell that kate is improving in her feel. Horses never lie when you ride them!

Jenson (Man of Quality) belonging to Ruth Serrell

Bridgit is also going to Jenson's party but just to ride round - There was no space in his class unfortunately - I did leave it to the last minute! She is really becoming an established ride and I am looking forward to the start of the show season with her. If I can afford it I shall register also with the BSPS and get Holly to ride her in the Intermediate classes. As I am sure you will all be aware memberships and registrations all mount up and it all falls in January just after Christmas - a very expensive time! Especially when we have had such a cold start to the year and so much teaching has had to be cancelled.

Pinkie (Section B) belonging to Ann Wight

Little Pinkie (the section B belonging to Ann Wight) who came to me for re-schooling is really improving. She has very big paces for such a little person and learning to control them has been hard for her. Her muscles are starting to acclimatise to the change and we are making great strides now. She has popped over some little fences as well and shows a great attitude. She will go home when her month is up - ideally I would like to have her for another two weeks so that she becomes more established - Ann has promised that she will return!

Millie (Buriana Cashel)

Millie (Buriana Cashel belonging to Eileen Jenkins) arrived two weeks ago. She has had her MOT with her teeth being rasped by Mark Slingsby and she was also checked over by Ellen Stanwell (nothing to report) and I am now busy starting her off again. I hadn't totally forgotten what a great ride she is. Because she has such a super frame and movement she finds work very easy so for her it is a question on slowly building her strength and confidence. She has been measured at 157cm so I will probably be showing her as a novice small riding horse. I am very excited about her prospects.

All the horses regularly hack out as part of their weekly routine and also have a day off once a week. I have to say in this icy and snowy weather though our Claydon Horsewalker has come into its own.

That's some of my news for the moment - I will keep you posted!


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