Janine Lamy

Happy New Year!

Well I cannot tell a lie, I will be jolly pleased to see the back of 2011. We lost mum’s pony Truffles, our foal Lucy and my boy Harry. It is just as well everyone else has done so well!

On the dressage front we have seen some fantastic results – winners at every level from Prelim to Medium, Regional qualifications, several new entries to the 70% club and some great improvements in scores. Debbie has barely competed Jazz but qualified for the Regionals, won at Novice and Elementary and also won his unaffiliated debut at Medium. There is always something special about seeing a horse you have trained from scratch going so well. Janet won and qualified for the Regionals in the Novice Freestyle to Music in their first year at Novice. Jasmine made big improvements to Kevin’s scores, won at Novice and was placed at Elementary. With Reggie she was placed at the Area Festival, had several wins at Novice, joined the 70% club and made their debut with a third at Elementary. Oh yes! Louisa and Strider did their first BD Novices gaining 67% and winning last time out, hopefully we will try for Regional qualification next year. Bonnie too had a light year with Oliver but won at Elementary and got a magic 74% and win at Novice after his injury forced a break. You don’t see scores like that every day! Morgan made her BD debut with scores of just under 70% and a win at Prelim. Gail too won at Elementary, the first since 2007 (now I am in trouble!) However ‘Improver of the Year’ goes to an unaffiliated rider Sue Wheble. She improved her dressage scores by almost 9%. Wouldn’t we all like to do that?! What an amazing achievement!

From the Pony Clubbers there were C+ test passes from Ellie, Morgan, Sally and Elize, a B care pass for Lilly and a B riding pass for Sophie. Sophie qualified for the Novice SJ champs, Ruby qualified for the Open SJ champs, Sophie was placed in the Novice Horse Trial qualifier, and Sally was placed in the Intermediate Horse Trial qualifier. Wow! 2011 also saw Hannah start her first BE100s including some placings at Nurstead and Keysoe. Morgan bettered last year’s achievements by winning Junior Rider of the Year at the National Side Saddle Championships.  I remember them on their little ponies!

Martin no longer has time to help with Otto but his efforts were rewarded with Best Dressage and a 4th place in Otto’s first ODE, and Donna went on to achieve 5th in the Open Novice section at the BD Summer Regionals. This horse has truly been transformed and should give those struggling real hope.

Tinka joined us in January barely able to canter and was 2nd in her first ODE in April! She did a few BE90s, and was 8th at Brightling Park in appalling wet conditions when only a third jumped clear. She then finished the season with her first BE100 at South of England where she ended up 14th. This winter she made her BD debut at Prelim with a win and a second. A good year for Tinka!

With very few outings Harry qualified for the Hickstead Masters SemiFinal and was starting to see 70% scores more consistently in his novice dressage. His SJ technique had improved beyond all belief and he had a great winter as Martin’s hunt horse. It is always horrible to say goodbye to such a capable young horse but it is good to remember what we achieved. My prized possession is a sheet with three nines on it, unheard of!

Lily has started her XC schooling and has had a few days out hunting. She is now schooling round SJ courses indoors and won and was placed in her dressage outings. She has been a little uncomfortable and tetchy as some five year olds can be, but hopefully we are coming out the other side of that now…she is proving herself more than capable and is hopefully one for the future.

Ivy is still with the Reeves happily in semi-retirement. Rosie and her first colt Luke have moved to a private home down the road. Tiny is still doing a bit of everything with great success for Clare and her sharers. Lexie is happy at stud where we hope she will have a foal next year by Groomsbridge May I, father of Tinka and Lily.

The jumping clinics continue to be very popular. Seeing the change in some of the regulars is brilliant and makes it all very rewarding. We held our first adult camp at Bedgebury this Summer – what a ball! Not only did we all thoroughly enjoy ourselves but people went away saying ‘I can’t believe what I’ve achieved this weekend’. It really was great, although big thanks must go to Martin and Louisa. I couldn’t have done it without them.

Well done to everybody. I hope that 2012 can be every bit as successful!

Happy New Year!

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December 30, 2011 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Results | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mr Twinkle Toes

The dressage divas have been at it again. Morgan Schive held the flag up for Team Lamy at Eaglesfield winning both her novice dressage classes with 72.5% and 72.15%. You can rest assured I have continued to nag this combination to affiliate and I do believe a debut is on the cards soon….watch this space!

I hear from Janet Crumbie that Drummer has qualified for the BD Novice Music Regionals, not bad for a coloured Irish lad in his first year at Novice! He has had a cracking year and made so much progress. Elementary next year….who’d have thought it, Mr Twinkle Toes!

Then it was Lily’s turn to be a diva, just not the way I wanted. I was supposed to be going to Eaglesfield BD but hadn’t taken her hormones into account. Foolishly I had hoped she wouldn’t still be cycling in the frosts of December, silly mummy! She felt a little odd on the Sunday during a hack (‘Mummy I don’t feel well, please be gentle with me, swish, swish’), but on the Monday Pigtails was in the house (‘I TOLD YOU YESTERDAY, WHY DON’T YOU EVER LISTEN TO ME, I HATE YOU!’)  So we withdrew…

However, Jasmine and Reggie were there and….roll on the drums…..they won their novice and joined the 70% club too!! Top banana and very well deserved. She has the Konigs, Reggie has the bling…now they are getting the results, I must be in for one hell of a Christmas bonus!! 

On the Friday we went to pay Rosie a visit at her new home. Son of Rosie (Liberator UK aka Luke) looks like he is going to be a right cheeky monkey and Rosie is as fat as a house looking very content in her new role. I watch her family grow with interest!

This week we took Lily to Duckhurst to school around the course. It is only fair that I say Lily jumped like a star, her mother on the other hand needs to practise what she preaches. After our initial warm-up I cantered to my first fence. Lily was in a bit of a dolly-day-dream and the fence rather took her by surprise. I was caught in front of the movement and it can certainly be said that I jumped first (uhum) so found myself hanging round her neck while there was a momentary pause before Lily said ‘oh, well if you’re gonna jump I had better jump’. So she popped the fence, pushing me further up her neck and by the time she landed I was on her ears. She flicked her head up, I somehow avoided eating sand (and let’s be fair the surface at Duckhurst doesn’t look like it tastes nice) and clung on for dear life as she cantered off around the arena. I managed to wriggle back down her neck, get hold of the reins and eventually get myself back in the saddle with Lily saying ‘which fence next mummy?!’ Two laps of Duckhurst later I pulled her up. It was quite a while later before my heart beat returned to normal.

On Friday Martin took Tinka to Lucy’s for a jumping lesson. It must be about eight months since Lucy has seen her and she thought she looked like a different horse, was really impressed with how she jumped and loved her attitude. Top marks for Tinka!

With ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ the moral of the day we headed off to Bedgebury today for another busy clinic day…it was FREEZING and three people didn’t make it because they couldn’t get their lorries to start. The joy of lorries in the cold! I don’t think Louisa will thaw for a while…brrr…

Coming up Lily has the saddler and possibly some more SJ practise. We have a pub lunch organised for Xmas day, and shall see the hunt off and more pub lunch on Boxing day. Then Tinka has her BD debut (is capriole necessary at prelim?)…

So the only thing left to do is wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

December 17, 2011 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Instruction, Our Horses | , , | Leave a comment

The dog’s doodahs

Saying goodbye to Harry was horrible as you would expect. He was quite the character and rather a large presence on our part of the yard. He is somewhat noticeable in his absence!  Fortunately I can rely on my clients to keep my chin up….

After a fairly long break (Oliver had trashed his fetlock by getting stuck in the field gate), Bonnie went to Essendon & Epping Forest BD to do a Novice test and see if they were back to form. Oh yes, finally made it into the 70% club and won the Open section! Top effort. It is always rewarding to see the underdog do well; you do not need a warmblood to succeed! 

Lily has been trying out a different bit, the Sprenger Duo. Harry loved the Nathe as a five year old but Lily just chewed through it like a crocodile with a baby buffalo. However…the Sprenger is three weeks old and is still intact! She feels much less fragile in it, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. We headed off to Bedgebury last Friday to school around the SJ course, the first time out show-jumping in seven months. When we arrived she was convinced we were hunting and was shaking so much her legs were wobbling! I did wonder how she would be after all her recent ‘Daddy Days’ (time with Martin sends us all a bit crazy…) but once we started in the arena and she realised it was a boring ‘Mummy Day’ she relaxed and jumped really well.

Tinka schooled at Bedgebury too, but on the Saturday. She was absolutely beside herself with excitement; grunting like a piglet, and snorting and bucking! She is hilarious. Eventually she calmed down and ended up popping round a course set at 1.10m as if she did it every day of the week. She looks really promising for next year. At 5 years old she is such a cocky whatsit, I swear you could put something quite ridiculous up and she would give it a go. She thinks she’s the dog’s doodahs.

The rest of Saturday was a busy Bedgebury clinic day – we were full to the brim with loads of spectators too. As it gets colder the free tea and coffee that Bedgebury provide is very much appreciated! There were some noticeable highlights – Jules and her young mare Libby came to their first Carmen Court clinic in September and were really green. At Bedgebury two months later Libby jumped like a star. Jules has made a huge improvement to the canter which meant Libby was far more rideable between fences, and wow did she get up in the air! The other one to catch my eye was Lara’s Finley. He first came to Carmen Court last year as a young horse and although very genuine he was a little lacking in power and strength. He looked amazing on Saturday. He has found his springs!

On Sunday Louisa and I headed off to Hartpury for the BD National Convention with the Bartels family. This is always an interesting weekend and this year very much reminded me of fellow Dutch team rider Anky van Grunsven’s convention. For slow down, pull. For go faster, kick. Never give two aids at the same time. Get the horse relaxed. Is it straight? Is it off your leg? Seems like a simple approach but I can assure you it wasn’t easy for the guinea pig riders. Tineke (Mummy Bartels) was seriously disciplined – ‘Do it again’ and even ‘I am the bitch’!! A circle needed precision riding and she did not settle for almost round ‘I want a circle not an eclipse’ and heaven forbid if you lost the shoulder! I wonder what my clients would make of this approach……?!

Monday this week we headed off to Duckhurst, somewhere Lily has never been before. She was more relaxed than at Bedgebury and I was surprised that she wasn’t even vaguely spooky in the arena. We finished up jumping around a course of little fences on a lovely light contact with a super rideable canter. I became aware that I was smiling. Unheard of!

Coming up we have some dressage practise for Lily, a trip out to visit Rosie and her son in their new home, another schooling session over the coloured sticks at Duckhurst, and the next Bedgebury clinic. Pleeease, no snow….

December 3, 2011 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses | , , , | Leave a comment