I am guessing most people have to been to a horse trial and seen the small army of people who are helping the event to run. Have you ever considered about offering to get involved? My advice is go for it every single equestrian event up and down the country could not run without their volunteers. There are so many different roles to be done from the very important bun run (fence judges can’t survive without cake/coffee/tea) to scoring, dressage writing, stewarding, fence judg
My ankle is starting to heal, 4 weeks on and I can just about drive, I am walking with a limp and if I'm on my feet for more than an hour the ankle swells up, it is still swollen and am finding it difficult to put shoes on. So with that in mind Buzz has gone away for some schooling. Buzz is very green and naturally spooky as well as a slight lack of self confidence, probably not helped by my own lack of confidence but we are getting there very slowly, this morning I managed t
This week we actually managed to get over for a lesson as I have my car back! Harry loaded straight on and we got there in good time, tacked him up and ready to mount. One foot in the stirrup, Harry moves, the stool moves, and I am doing some sort of high leg kick with one foot in the stirrup whilst hanging on to him so I dont fall on my bum. I free my foot and drop the mane hair I have in my hand and start again! 🙄 Now we are on! Initially I am just walking him round on bo
Well, if someone had told me this time last year that Foxy would come back from loan (rather crippled), I would lose getting on for two stone, we would commit to be being a Wobbleberry, and enter a 70cm Eventer Challenge - AND WIN - I would not have believed you! After daughter accused me of being a chicken (she was right), I decided at 5am this morning to message Tumpy Green Equestrian to ask if there were any spaces in the 60cm or 70cm Eventer Challenge - rather to my horro
Two years ago I had decided I was going to start BE – I tried BE before my 2 now teenage children were born – but back then the entry level was pre-novice with heights of 3’7″ – that’s approx 110cm. It was just too big for me – I was happy doing up to 1m show jumping and xc at local competitions but 110 was just too scary! So, I booked onto a series of clinics to prepare us for the 2016 season. An initial lesson with a new instructor over an 80 arena eventing course didn’t g
Fantastic flatwork lesson this evening working on forwardness and consistency in the trot and balance in the canter. Had a few nice smooth canter transitions and some really nice balanced work. My abs feel like I‘ve done 100 situps and I’ll certainly sleep tonight but very pleased with our progress 😍
With my ankle still bad although I can now stand on it, I made the decision to send Buzz away for a couple of weeks, he was supposed to be going on Friday for 10 days anyway, due to work commitments over Easter but with him not being ridden for the past 3 weeks I decided to bring it forward. Biggest problem was going to be getting there as I couldn't drive, our loading issues have been horrendous on some occasions to say the least, at his worst trying to jump the front cross
Along with Sally, Georgie and Julia, I am a Founder of the Wobbleberry Challenge. When I volunteered to lead on the PR I had no intention of actually getting on a horse myself. An impulse purchase of a pocket rocket showjumper, more suited a competitive teenager than a middle-aged wimpy rider and a nasty fall a year or so before, shattered my confidence and soon I had a thousand and one excuses for not riding and if I did try to get on the physical symptoms of not being able
My goals this week were to: a) practice my transitions, particularly trot to canter b) do some cross poles c) find my balance with my new WOW saddle. We lunged Harry on monday, and tuesday was lesson day. I love my lessons, but todays particularly because we could finally use the new saddle. I must adnit, its a weird feeling at first and finding your balance because the WOW saddles have such a close contact with the horse, and they have airbags which can be deflated,or air
Despite it snowing on the drive over to the riding school, i was in a group lesson in the arena so it wasn’t going to stop us. We started in the lesson teamed up with the lovely Gomez (all 17.2 of him) all was going well did some trotting poles, transitions etc. Then the instuctor asked who wanted to jump all of us of course it was going well crosspoles, uprights and small course of 5 jumps i nearly took out the instructor he’s a big horse and she thought she was out of the w
Fantastic lesson in the snow this morning, the biting wind did make Murphy a little sharp at times but it was still really enjoyable and a huge confidence boost, a good reminder that even if things aren't quite right we can push through. We used a local private school which meant we had more room to set up a grid as part of a small course which we can't really do at home. I'm not really keen on grids, or even doubles as this is where we have had issues in the past. Lessons
Just to report that the Tough Mudders competitions have never really appealed! So, bearing that in mind, I have withdrawn from our proposed event and will wait until the ground is less marsh like, and that weird yellow thing in the sky has been out in a reliable fashion.
The swelling on my ankle doesn't seem to be going down which means I can't get any footwear on, to be honest I am now starting to feel very down and frustrated. I know there are a lot of people worse off than me and I should be grateful which to some extent I am, don't get me wrong.
Buzz is supposed to be going away end of next week for some schooling but I'm worrying I won't be able to get him there as can't drive the lorry, he's very quirky with his loading and travelling
i signed up to do the Wobbleberry Challenge last year. Up until the point I signed up, the most I had done was weekly lessons and hacking. I’m not entirely sure I knew what I was actually signing up for, however, I figured it would get me to push myself out of my comfort zone and fulfill my ambition of doing a One Day Event. My steed at the time, Bart, was happy with just plodding out hacking and foing to lessons, but always with a bit of a battle to catch and load him, howe
So.....after the great highs of first day out hunting (loved it!) and the first ever jumping lessons (x 2 both horses jumped back to back training) I enjoyed from start to finish, it was back to earth with a bump.....an unscheduled dismount in the warm up arena at BD regionals would not have gained extra points for artistic interpretation....I'm sure I only managed a double flip before hitting the deck. On the bright side (confidence coaching kicking in, always look for the