Janine Lamy

If only real life had danger music

Things were going so well….

I have to admit to a few aches and pains after hunting Harry at Attwood but an easy sitting down day was planned on the tuesday as I was attending the BSJA Coaches Seminar at Towerlands. This was fronted by Billy Twomey and Peter Charles. It was an interesting seminar with the main focus on a disciplined approach to the flatwork basics. I was mildly amused as a slightly frustrated Billy jumped on one of the horses to show how he wanted it done, only to realise how difficult the horse was and declare that the rider was doing a fab job already – we’ve all been there!

Then on thursday I got squashed, and squashed proper – metal fence, me, horse – ouch! Several hours in a hospital waiting room only to be told I’ve cracked a rib, nothing can be done, take lots of pain killers, it could be six weeks….SIX WEEKS?!

On the saturday morning, an ever sympathetic Martin announced (with tears of laughter in his eyes) that watching me to try to get out of bed was like watching a beetle stuck on it’s back. I really didn’t see the funny side…..which seemed to amuse him even more….

So some days later this week, still nursing a cracked rib and a generally bruised and painful body, I really wouldn’t have chosen to have someone drive into the side of my car. Yep, that’s exactly what happened next. I had a proper Victor Meldrew moment. Argh!

Luckily for me, Martin and Louisa have been stars. They’ve done the horses and kept everything going. Bored rigid, I have caught up with nine months of paperwork and have managed to do most of my teaching, swapping jumping lessons for flatwork ones, and keeping my sanity!

I’m off to watch Martin hunt Lexie at Bassett’s Manor today. Given the forecast of 5 degrees and heavy rain I may prefer to be in the car after all – frustrated but warm!

November 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Busy week for Harry

This week Harry had a jumping lesson on monday, a flatwork lesson thursday and finished the week hunting on sunday – I don’t know who is more exhausted! There is usually less teaching and riding for me in the winter so I have more time for my horses. I certainly made the best of it! 

This was his third lesson with Sally (Thurloway) and we had been very disciplined about doing our homework in between…and horrid homework it was too! I was really pleased with how he jumped and relieved that Sally was pleased too. More homework for next time…

His flatwork lesson was his first with Char (Lassetter) and we didn’t disgrace ourselves but Char delivered the disappointing blow to Harry’s huge Irish ego that he will not be the next Totilas. You mean Edward Gal won’t be chewing his nails waiting for our Prelim debut?!

Having made the decision that he would benefit from some regular hunting this winter, I now have to take him out! To put this in perspective – I am 5’4″ and Harry is 17 hands. He is only 5 years old, this was his third day out this year and he was terribly excited. I think it was the concept of queuing that bothered him most. He boinged about like Tigger, plunging and snatching the reins out of my hands – “I want to go, and I want to go NOW!”. He did jump really well though and it was a great end to the week.

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Our Horses | Leave a comment


Zalena came to me for schooling about three months ago. She’s only five but had been rested for about eight months after suffering an injury to her stifle and needed to be brought slowly back into work. Her owner (Zoe Squirrell) is also suffering – her’s is a broken ankle – so is not able to ride her.

Unfortunately Zoe’s ankle has not mended and she needs another operation and a further three months off work sick. So finances mean Zalena must be sold.

Zalena has been a star throughout her stay with us and today passed her vetting with flying colours! We wish Claire Carter the best of luck with her – I’m sure she has a great future ahead.

The pics show the before and after. She’s been a pleasure.

Good luck girls!!Zalena - end October '09Zalena - September 09

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Carmen Court, Schooling livery | , , | Leave a comment


A new girl joins the team – Lily. A three year old 7/8 TB unbroken mare by Groomsbridge May I.

Hopefully we will back her before the weather turns nasty! Lily at Groomsbridge summer '09Lily at stud summer 09Lily at Groomsbridge summer 09

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Our Horses | Leave a comment