Janine Lamy

Dressage Diva Harry

I’m wondering whether a Google search ‘tiny janine lamy’ is a reference to my size or one of my horses…

Anyway, Otto and Martin went XC schooling at Lodge Farm last Wednesday. The first time he saw a ditch he popped it like a pro. The third time he saw that ditch he stopped dead and tipped Martin over his head!! Some quiet discussion followed but fairly quickly they were back in business popping fences, steps, banks etc. I think water schooling must be next?! When he was good he was very very good…

On Thursday Martin and I headed off to Hickstead for the Royal International Horse Show. A lovely day off, we watched some showing (those horses were NEVER under 15.2!), the Eventers’ Grand Prix, some of the Grand Prix dressage, and some window shopping (Martin is obviously saving himself for Burghley!).

Harry had a pre-event XC school at Lodge Farm Saturday. We normally wouldn’t be there twice in a week but decided Harry and Otto together might just be more testosterone than we could handle! It was a 15 minute affair reminding ourselves what this XC mallarky is about and getting our feet wet again.

Then Smiths Lawn BE100 with Harry on Tuesday and what a good boy he was! He was lying third after the dressage with 28.5 (oh yeh!), just rolled a pole SJ and jumped a super clear XC. We were a bit slow as we haven’t done any fittening work in months due to the ground, and at 17 hands he is pretty tricky to steer around those woods but I was absolutely delighted with him. He ended up fourteenth but would have been placed with less time penalties. Go Harry! I am so pleased that the hard work looks to be paying off and there is such an improvement. He has earned fun-time hunting this winter!

Then today we were off to Eaglesfield to school Lily around the arena and over some fences. She was pretty perky at the sight of an arena filled with jumps, a grandstand, and advert boards all around etc but took it all in her stride and jumped everything we asked of her. I had promised not to complain when it eventually rained but I really wouldn’t have chosen my Lily at Eaglesfield slot for thunder and a torrential downpour! Typical.

Good news from Hannah Bartholomew, posting a 6th in the BE90 at Little Mattingley – her fourth placing in her first season. Debbie Reeves has been to Stoneleigh for the Trailblazers Championships and although Jazz was initially a bit taken aback with the journey and staying away from home for the first time, he scored two good placings in the Consolation Ride Off on the second day including a 2nd in the novice with 73%. I am so pleased for them. Jazz is only 6 years old and has achieved so much already. He has the BD Southern Regionals on Saturday, another big experience for the boy. It is a fantastic part of my job seeing the young horses you have helped with from the start come through and do so well.

Tomorrow I am off to cheer on the North West Kent branch of the Pony Club at the Area Horse Trial at Pulborough. We also have a Pony Club rally with NZ Olympic rider Joe Meyer booked next week which should be interesting. Pony Club camp is now only a few weeks away too…Harry doesn’t realise this yet but he’s going to be a lunge guinea-pig, then he’s taking charge of a hack in the woods (I must stop drinking wine at Pony Club committee meetings!)

Everyone cross your fingers, toes, hooves and paws. Lexie was scanned in foal at 14 days….another scan on 28 days to come…

August 4, 2010 Posted by | Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , | Leave a comment