Janine Lamy


Well life is certainly starting to get busy again!

Ehren has started hacking in company and has been really relaxed. She isn’t too sure about sheep, and even worse baby lambs but she has been very sane and sensible about the little fluffy white things. Tinka and her saw Tina the chiropractor for a routine check-up, and all was well. Then Ehren had a date with uncle Nick the dentist, and what a superstar she was about that too. However (!) I had noticed a little sore in her gum above her front teeth and apparently that is a fistula oozing pus from somewhere. So she may have an abscess that needs the vets to take a look, maybe x-ray to make sure there is nothing untoward going on. Don’t get me started!

However she isn’t at all bothered by it so we took her to Bedgebury to hire the arena last Thursday to see how she would be and start getting her out, seeing a bit of the world. She was very well behaved but very different to the quiet little girl that pootles around the arena at home. I was driving the Mercedes-Benz Sport all of a sudden. All of the controls I have been mastering in the last month vanished and I quickly had to find new buttons! It’s funny how they are all different, and Ehren being warmblood couldn’t be more different to the Groomsbridge Girls who are thoroughbreds. Those girls may be sharp but they would never be spooked by a tap at the side of the arena. Every, yes every single time we went past it I think it must have hissed at her in German. Oh…purlease….get over it!

Tinka then headed off to Munstead for her second BE100 of the year. Her dressage warm-up was a sight to behold, and not really sure how Martin held the test together. She was very excited to be out again and added an exuberant flying change to the test for good measure – ‘look at me!’ We all breathed a sigh of relief when it was over and she then did us proud by jumping her socks off for a double clear to finish 10th. We are really pleased with her progress and she is off to South of England next.

I have had my first Biomechanics/Pilates session and have a couple of exercise to do three times a day for two weeks before going back for a progress report. They require me to turn very slightly one way, then the other a few times. Then a little bit of pressure on both legs for a bit. Am intrigued to see if this makes a difference! I am also sporting a Bioflow magnetic wristband. You must give one of these a go. Mine is made of Copper; it has made my wrist go green, made me feel like I had flu for the first weekend, and gave me a cracker of a headache for ten days…..uhum.

As the clocks have changed and the ground is dry, all the horses at Carmen Court have moved onto ‘Summer Turnout’ meaning different paddocks for everyone and longer days out in the fields. Ehren seems to be slightly institutionalised and was not entirely comfortable out there in that big space despite having horses on every side and being close to the yard. She decided the little ginger in the field next door was to be her comfort blanket. If Lily went too far away Ehren panicked and much to my amusement Lily would keep walking back to the fence, have a little chat, then go away again. I can imagine her rolling her eyes and thinking that this German girl was quite obviously ‘care in the community’ but she is so sweet she kept it up all morning. It was hours before Ehren plucked up enough courage to go the hundred yards to the other side of the field to say hello to Strider, winging her way back to Lily at full pelt to tell her all about it….

This additional sunshine prompted the girls to come into season and my oh my, they are seriously in season! My lovely new Mercedes has turned into a runaway Sherman tank, and you know how much the Germans hate it when you mention the war…

Coming up we have a busy day XC schooling at Bonfleur, I have another Char lesson, an Easter Carmen Court jumping clinic, lots of Pony Club stuff over the holidays, some B test Care examining, then Tinka-The-Ego heads to Ardingly.

I have just noticed that someone came to this website after searching ‘fat slob in the corner of the Red Lion Swanley Village’. Now I know I put a little weight on over winter but really?!

March 30, 2012 Posted by | Carmen Court, Our Horses, Pony Club, Results | , , , , , | Leave a comment

26 years old

How changeable is the weather? One minute I am dressed for summer and the next I am sitting in the little Picanto in just my jumper and socks having got soaked….

Tinka and Martin had a great start to the season at Tweseldown BE100 last weekend. She was much more relaxed in the dressage for a really pleasing score of 34, was never going to touch a showjump and jumped a super clear cross-country. Martin was thrilled to finish on a double clear. She looked so much more established, and was really easy to have out. Next stop is Munstead…..

Well you knew it was coming, on Thursday I had my first flatwork lesson in a year with Char. Many of you expressed delight at the thought of someone giving me hell and you would not have been disappointed – “Give your hands to the horse, ride the horse to your hands”….”Shorten your reins!”……” Sit on your bum!”…..” Soften your wrists!”…..and on it went. When I rode Ehren the following day she was like a different horse, as if I had managed to explain things properly the day before. Must get April’s lesson booked! On the plus side I have much needed homework and Ehren got the thumbs up.

Like all my horses she is living in hand-me-downs. Harry’s turnout rug is at least 6 inches too big, and her outer night rug is at least three inches too short. Poor little girl looks like orphan Annie and I should think she wonders where she has ended up. Daddy Warbucks we are not! I was pondering this when I realised the dandy brush in my hand was over 26 years old. It came with my second pony ‘Cheetah’. It hasn’t seen a lot of use recently, for reasons of personal safety you would not approach either Lily or Harry with a dandy brush. So I started thinking….I had already owned this brush for ten years when the current gang of North West Kent pony clubbers training for their B test were born. Oh dear, Lamy you saddo!

I haven’t really said much about Lily recently. She continues to see the osteo every month. The vet agrees that she is obviously in pain, and we will be continuing investigations to find out what is wrong. It is horrid to see her look so poor and unhappy. Fingers crossed we can make her better soon….

This week both Ehren and Tinka are due to see the chiropractor for a routine check-up, Nick Coles is coming to do Ehren’s teeth, Ehren then has a little outing to Bedgebury to hire the arena (yikes!), and Martin and Tinka are off to Munstead.  Horror upon horrors I am off to see a biomechanics/pilates expert, and we have 18 for xc schooling at Bonfleur!

March 17, 2012 Posted by | Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Results | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Terrifying but brilliant!

We had a fantastic morning at Littleton Manor XC schooling last weekend. Lovely and warm, bright blue skies and the going was absolutely fantastic. It was great to be out again, although I have to admit to walking the course wishing Harry and I were having a play. First XC school of the year on a horse you trust is a great feeling. Everyone jumped really well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Smiles all round!

Martin and Tinka then went to Lucy’s for a jumping lesson. The words ‘arrogant’ and ‘madam’ were heard a fair bit but some great exercises that really got her thinking and staying straight. She is such a cocky whatsit!

On Saturday we had our last Bedgebury jumping clinic of the winter. It’s such a shame that I won’t be there much through the Summer but we have clinics starting at Carmen Court in April, a few at a new venue Adds Farm, and I am doing more ‘private groups’ on livery yards too…My favourite quote of the day; “that was absolutely terrifying but brilliant!” Maybe that’s my new advertising slogan?! Janine Lamy, terrifying but brilliant!!

Yesterday Tinka and Martin headed off to the pre-season combined training at Munstead. Oh crikey, what unbelievably hideous weather. It was freezing cold, alternating between icy rain and snow, blowing a bitter wind and seriously wet underfoot. On the left the picture shows the carpark when we arrived, never a good start! On the right, as we were towed out. Yuk yuk yuk. Tinka was very well behaved considering the conditions. An improved dressage test with a couple of mistakes, and a little away with the fairies in the showjumping having two poles, but that improved on second attempt. The first round of the year on grass can be a bit like that and the going was awful! Superstar of the day was Julia Izzard on her lovely young coloured mare Libby who won her 80cm class. Anyone who has seen this mare jump will know she is a really smart horse and definitely one for the future.

Ehren hasn’t slipped her halo yet. So far so good….she has continued to be very sweet and relaxed about life. I have my first lesson booked for a few weeks time, I dread to think what Char will make of my riding after nearly a year without a lesson. It’s going to be ugly!

I mentioned Adds Farm earlier as a new venue for clinics. They have a temporary webpage up on www.holidayswithyourhorse.co.uk to advertise their new horse-friendly bed and breakfast at their lovely home near Crowborough. I have agreed to teach at a camp there that will run from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th June, described on their webpage as a ‘TLC Break’. Anyone interested in this camp can contact me or Sue. There will be a flatwork session, a jumping session and lots of hacking in the Ashdown Forest…

Next weekend Martin and Tinka head to Tweseldown for the BE100, let’s hope for more friendly weather!

March 5, 2012 Posted by | Carmen Court, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , , , | Leave a comment