Janine Lamy

Upside down dressage

Harry had his Char lesson in some serious heat last Friday. Some of his work is really starting to improve and I’ve even been thinking about taking him out for some dressage practise…although…..someone came to my website this week after searching “upside down dressage” – maybe I should take the hint?! I did raise an eyebrow when someone searched “horse riders’ bums”. How that got linked to my site I’d rather not know. And another one that makes me smile is “Janine jerk”!

Last Saturday we headed off to the Stud UK Euro open day. It was an interesting afternoon looking at their stock and watching the loose jumping. Some of the horses were a bit worried by all the spectators and one mare was described as “having her feet stuck to the floor”. Guess who I thought of?! If Rupert hadn’t told me that Rosie was in the field we were walking through I swear I wouldn’t have recognised her. Talk about beefed up. Crikey with her long mane and pendulous belly she certainly looks like a broodmare, let’s hope she can actually start producing the goods!

Then on Sunday I went to Stilebridge to groom for Louisa and Strider who won both the prelims and qualified for the summer championships. His canter is really starting to come together now and it won’t be that long before I’m prodding her to start down the BD route with him.

Harry then had two days at Sally’s. On the first day we loose jumped him to see what he did for himself and how he chooses to jump. We did little, we did bounces, we did wide and we did tall and it turns out Harry is far more balanced and capable than we thought! So onto the second day where we tried to recreate the jump we saw loose with me onboard. In short, get his head up, plenty oomph in the canter and no contact whatsoever. I struggled to achieve this all the time but when I got it right he was super. Plenty of homework as usual! Also we decided he’s not fit enough and when he gets tired he quite simply starts jumping a foot lower. So given the fact he had already done the dressage, then spent three hours on the lorry and it was 28 degrees, it rather explains his lacklustre performance at Mattingley so we have our work cut out trying to put more work in. I have to say a very worthwhile, interesting and productive two days. Not only that but he stayed the night and didn’t eat anyone!

We had another Carmen Court jumping clinic in the sun yesterday. I don’t have a picture for you but I was a whisker away from falling off in the morning. I was so close I could taste the sand! Jazz stopped at the last minute, scattered poles and fish fillers everywhere and I was clung around his neck watching the floor get nearer. Boy do my legs ache today from gripping on!  Everyone else had a far more successful day and we’ve decided to go for cross country exercises in the school next time for a change…

A little bit about Lexie’s husband-to-be ‘Up With The Lark’ (Max to his friends). He’s ten years old, graded Advanced and is a 16.1h bright bay, aiming to do his first three star in 2010. Bred in the purple for eventing he is himself by Welton Apollo (placed at Badminton and represented GB at the Europeans) and is out of an Advanced mare Magical Lark. His eldest progeny are four this year so as yet is unproven as a stallion although his young horses have been doing well in the BEF Young Horse Evaluation classes. Lexie’s parents are also both Advanced (she’s by Sarah Bullen’s Rock King out of Bonnie Lane, bred by Jemima Johnson) so if all went well the foal would have all four grandparents Advanced, an Advanced father and an Intermediate mother. How exciting is that?! Probably means it will jump like a donkey or have a twisted leg!

Many of you are already asking – What will Martin ride while Lexie is away at stud? Knowing his penchant for little TB mares, I just want to reassure you all that Lily’s door has a huge padlock on it and only I have the key!

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Carmen Court, Instruction, Our Horses, Results | | Leave a comment