Janine Lamy

Lily-head

Well the Harry update is that the vets suggested four weeks box rest. He’s pretty chilled so long as the food parcels keep arriving, but poor Martin had been promised him as a hunt horse and had just paid his subscription when uh-oh, no pony. Fingers crossed that we can get him fit and hunting in a couple of months – we’ll see what emerges from the stable in two weeks – anyone know any friendly zoo keepers?!    

I was a bit grumpy about missing Harry’s planned outings but Debbie Reeves held our side up at the South of England BD with a second and a win with over 68% in the Novices. Jazz is really quite established at Novice level now and I’m hoping they will qualify for the Winter Regionals.

On the Friday of that week we headed off to Burghley to support one of our friends and North West Kent Pony Clubber, Sophie Etheridge, in the Burghley Young Event Horse 4 year old final. Sophie’s horse Soloman has been injured for nearly a year and she has very recently been given the ride (along with a ready-made BYEH qualification) on a horse belonging to local livery owner Janet Shears – what a lucky girl!

I have to admit to fighting back tears as Sophie trotted into the arena. Our Soph at Burghley! I rode every turn and jumped every fence with her. Her mum felt so sick she disappeared. I don’t think I have ever seen Martin in such a flap. Sophie on the other hand was predictably calm, a totally focussed competitor. She went in there and produced the goods. A good dressage and a clear round on a horse that she has only had the ride on for six weeks. Her non-horsey father seemed not to understand the occasion until he saw all the people on the grandstand. Hello! This is the most prestigious Young Event Horse Championships in the country, and your daughter is only eighteen!! I can see where Sophie gets that steely determination from….

As an added bonus Steve Bartholomew (a North West Kent pony club parent) was at Burghley as an official photographer. Without much prompting he was dragged away from the main arena and Sophie had her very own official paparazzi! Apologies to Mark Todd who will be missing some snaps.

On Sunday I went to Stilebridge to support Louisa and Strider in the Hadlow Riding Club Dressage Championships. They did me proud to win their second championship class this year. They will have their affiliated debut this autumn.

And while I was supporting Louisa, Martin and Donna took Otto to Lucy’s for another lesson. I am pleased to report that the boy tried his best and everyone was very pleased with the progress that’s been made. Felbridge next we hope….

Last Wednesday Martin, the dogs and I headed to Blenheim for a weekend camping in the horsebox. Not being one to risk getting wet and cold I had packed five pairs of trousers, two pairs of waterproof trousers, three coats, three hats, four dog coats and an umbrella. Suffice to say it was pretty sunny and I looked like some kind of deranged and suntanned coat woman…

Today Lily’s breeders Sally and Thomas Forster came to see the little ginger one. Sorry mum, the Lily-head thing slipped out….and boy did Sally find that funny……

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September 13, 2010 - Posted by | Burghley Young Event Horse, Dressage trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Results | , , , ,

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