Janine Lamy

Sparky Forever!

Unfortunately our Sally lesson was cancelled due to the weather so we went to Munstead without a top-up. I like to have a lesson every month as it keeps me disciplined at home and Sally understands Harry much better than I do!

Munstead didn’t quite start as planned with our lorry up to its axles in a swamp, and I have to admit to berating the chauffeur as the rest of the car park was at that time dry! However Harry did his stuff so all was well; he performed the best dressage yet leaving him 8th in his section. Then my plan for the showjump warm-up was completely thrown as it was based on his last two outings, yet he came out really flat so I was about as useful as a chocolate kettle! It was a relief to leave the warm-up behind and get into the arena and jump. Fortunately he seemed to regain some sparkle and jumped what actually felt like the best round so far although we did have one pole down. He was super on the cross-country again, and finished up 11th by 0.5 penalties. I’m really pleased with him, another nice consistent result. He has the EHOA Spring Training Camp in April, then I think I will aim for the 100 at Mattingley in May…

Lexie was there on Sunday for the Open 100. She was a little feisty in the dressage but jumped a super show jump round and stormed the cross-country in fine style. Alas, a little too quick and her time penalties put her out of the running although Martin was delighted with her. She now has a busy few weeks with Open Novices at Goring, South of England and Nurstead.

Louisa (who takes most of the photos for this website – thankyou!) took her horse Strider to Stilebridge for his first outing of the year and first ever prelim. He’s such a huge big moving horse that he has really struggled with finding his balance and co-ordinating his canter. She has taken him slowly and was rewarded with good scores, a qualifying result and places in both classes. An excellent first attempt, smiles all round!

Caroline Savege and Abi McNally also both did very well to post dressage wins at Chelsfield, Roz Barwell won two Hadlow Riding Club jumping classes, and Sam Hemple had a good day with her new ride Gabriel with two 2nd places in the 85 and 95cm trailblazers at Duckhurst. Go girls!

Lily has had a few more goes at leaving the ground on the lunge and is getting more clued up. She is now proudly sporting her first set of front shoes and is all grown up in her jointed bit. Bless!

Romy Saville and Hannah Bartholomew are hoping to get onto the BE 100JR training programme which is a fantastic opportunity for them at thirteen and twelve years old. It prompted a conversation of what we were doing when we were that age. Maybe I should try and find some pictures and you could play ‘Spot the Difference’….I can’t see me piloting my old 12.2 pony round a BE100 in my red ‘Sparky Forever’ sweatshirt somehow!!

Hmmm…perhaps I’ll leave you with that image!

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March 29, 2010 - Posted by | Our Horses, Results

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