Janine Lamy

In the club

So, what have we been up to? Well two Saturdays ago I had a small group XC schooling at Littleton Manor. The going was great, everyone went really well and we even managed to persuade Otto to get his feet wet for the first time, almost wiping out one of Lucy Thompson’s clients in the process!

Sunday we were up at 4am to take all three to Munstead for the pre-season combined training. As I loaded Harry I could only apologise for wedging him between the Groomsbridge Girls. We knew that this was a big day for Lily and Tinka, their first experience of a big lorry park, working on grass, those little white boards and a busy warm-up….but actually needn’t have worried. Lily went on to win her dressage with 68.5% and Tinka, bless her, wobbled her way through her dressage test and also jumped very greenly around the 80cm course a couple of times – she takes it all on! Laura Powell stopped worrying that she didn’t yet have stud holes when Martin told her that his horse doesn’t yet have shoes!  Harry meanwhile was yelling his head off back at the lorry….and when I got on him it took a good ten minutes to get him out of the lorry park. Much spinning, rearing and calling to his ‘bitches’. We survived the dressage (it takes riding a test on grass to remind me HOW to ride a test on grass!) and jumped a super clear in the showjumping. What a good boy.

We were delighted with all three but I was particularly impressed with Lily who I had expected to be slightly hysterical about the whole experience. Bearing in mind I had fallen off three days previously I thought it best to ride in my jumping saddle, but there was no need. That’s our Lily….bumbles along being a good girl then has these rare (and often painful!) blips. Possibly should have noted that her mother is called ‘Misdemeanour’….think perhaps that was my clue. Lamy being slow on the uptake again!

That Friday Louisa and I were off to Stilebridge BD with Harry and Strider. Louisa is now a proud member of the 70% Club with a win in the Prelim – hurrah! Harry was a good boy, still struggling with softness but consistently getting 65% in both Novices to pick up two 3rds. Oh, and I had better admit to forgetting to halt at the start of the second test. Doh, let’s not tell Char! You can see how impressed the parents were with my efforts (see pic!).

Then last Sunday we had two big groups at Bonfleur XC schooling. A great day was had by all. Both Facebook and the Tack Room Frolics forum have been flooded with pictures and video links. I think it would be fair to say that everyone really enjoyed themselves, even Stacey who got a swimming lesson, much to the hilarity of her friends!

On Monday all three said ‘Ahhh’ to their Uncle Nick (Coles). It’s a perfect time of year for the dentist, now we can start the season knowing all is well. I wouldn’t be very helpful if I had sharp teeth! And then yesterday I took Lily to Bedgebury to use their school and pop a few fences…

Coming up we have the Carmen Court Christmas meal (!), clear round SJ for Lily, lessons with Char, and then Harry has his first day out of the season at Munstead BE100. After that we have a bit of a break as Marge goes into Horsebox Hospital for two weeks…catch up with you all in April!

March 19, 2011 Posted by | Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results | , , , | Leave a comment