Janine Lamy

No landing gear

Well the dressage divas have certainly been out in force. Bonnie and Oliver posted two wins at Brook Farm BD, in a Novice and an Elementary. I am really pleased with the improvement in Oliver, and what better way to end their season. He now has over a hundred points.

Then Louisa and Strider won their Prelim at Eaglesfield BD – his second affiliated test and second win. No complaints from me! Also at Eaglesfield were Debbie and Jazz – they did a fantastic job to win the Novice with 70% (and I had the audacity to point out what could have been better!) and were second in their first affiliated Elementary. Not only that but in winning another Novice they have qualified for the Winter Regionals (hoo-hah!).  Next was South of England BD where they also won both Novice tests, including another with 70%. Wow! I started looking for banana skins and became sure that Harry would buck me off to level things out!!

I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than producing young horses. I have helped with Strider and Jazz from the beginning (Jazz was just backed, Strider we’ve done from a two year old) and now we are really seeing some great results. I’m so chuffed. The girls have done me proud with their boys.

So onto my favourite ginger person…..Lily has been to the barbers! She’s been getting quite hot so I thought we’d start by introducing her to the noise and feel of the clippers. She was so good I whipped off her chin and chest. Dude! We’ve also been doing our Sally homework with our ‘special needs’ double reins and it really seems to be doing the trick…we have another lesson next week..

Then it happened….It was Harry’s first jump since his break and we were jumping a two foot rail…he’d already jumped it a couple of times but for some reason he totally missed it and wrapped his front legs around the pole. With no landing gear and all the agility and athleticism of an elephant on skis, we travelled ten metres across the school on his knees and belly. Miraculously still onboard, all I could think was how much trouble I would be in if we went through the school fence! What a donut that boy is. I think we’ll hold on the Mensa application. He shook himself off, spat out the sand that he had scooped up in his lower lip and waved his front leg at me. He’s wacked the back of his knee so bandages and ice followed by light duties for a while. Groan. I knew I was cruising for a fall, but I didn’t see that coming!

Sunday was the Coakham Bloodhounds opening meet. I can no longer bury my head in the sand and pretend it is still summer. It’s freezing cold in the mornings and we’ve started hunting. Worse than that, this weekend the clocks change. Urf.

Wednesday this week was our wedding anniversary. I find this quite amazing, but it’s been fifteen years. I teach teenagers that weren’t alive when we got married. I can feel a mid-life crisis coming on. If you find me wandering around town wearing make-up, perfume and stilettos please return me to the Red Lion where they will medicate me and send me home….

With Harry skiving Lily had a lesson with Char today. It must be about three months since I’ve had a flatwork lesson and it was well overdue. Since Lily’s teeth problems I have been having issues with the contact but it turns out that if I ride from leg to hand and release the death grip I have on the reins there is very little wrong with the contact at all! U-hum….

Some good news from Rose, she was inspected this week and is carrying a foal. Everything crossed that all goes well this time….

And last of all Sally Forster (who bred Lily) has a super four year old mare for sale by the same stallion. She’s been assessed by International rider Emilie Chandler as having enough scope to go at least BE Intermediate and is a lovely bold, people person. She’s been quietly backed and is now looking for a competition home. Sally doesn’t have the facilities to show her but if there’s interest she can come to me for a bit. Lots more info if you know someone that’s looking….(or maybe someone that will buy her for us?!?!)

October 29, 2010 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , , | Leave a comment