Janine Lamy

Lumpy and Grumpy

Well Martin had that lesson on Donna’s Otto at Lucy Thompson’s. Otto was typically full of his own importance and cocky as hell jumping 1.20m from a few strides away! He can certainly get in the air, it will be interesting to see what he thinks about XC schooling. We’re taking bets on what happens when he sees his first ditch!

It’s been pretty busy on my side. On Monday last week I went to a ‘Teaching Cross Country Riding’ course at Brightling Park with Eric Smiley. The general theme being to encourage riders to do less, and give the responsibility of the jumping to the horse. As always, Eric was both entertaining and interesting. He doesn’t always say the things you expect from a BHS Fellow!

Then on Thursday Harry had his BD debut at Step by Step dressage….dum dum darrr! He was absolutely fab, winning the Open section of the Prelim with 65% and then doing the same in the Open section of the Novice with over 68%. How unexpected was that?! I told him to show those German boys how the Irish hunter can dance and he did his very best. Clever Harry!

On Friday he had a lesson with Char. I thought he might be a little cheesed off doing flatwork two days running but he went really well and Char said she could see improvement in all three paces so that was really encouraging. Harry the dressage horse? Surely not?!

Then Saturday was Carmen Court Clinic day. I’d decided to do something different, concentrating on our line to a fence, and was delighted with how it went. It was good to challenge ourselves a bit.

And Sunday we were off to Felbridge BSJA for some jumping practise before Smiths Lawn……well best laid plans but due to an overturned caravan on the M25 we were out in the lorry for over three hours, missed our class and had to head home. What a waste of a day!

Lily is continuing with her hacking and practising over a little course of jumps. She’s proving to be quite athletic and I’m looking forward to doing more with her. Unfortunately she’s suffering with the flies, despite my best efforts, and Martin has nicknamed the two of them ‘Lumpy and Grumpy’ – poor Lily!

So what’s planned? On Wednesday Otto sees his first XC fences, on Saturday Harry and I are also having a XC school to remind us what it’s about. We then have Smiths Lawn BE100 the following Tuesday. Then the following day we have hired the arena at Eaglesfield to take Lily for a quiet outing somewhere different. Thursday I am Chef d’Equipe for our Pony Club Area Novice Horse Trial team at Pulborough, then I suspect by Friday you’ll find me in the pub propping up the bar recovering!

July 26, 2010 - Posted by | Carmen Court, Instruction, Our Horses, Results | , ,

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