Janine Lamy

Whistling like a kettle

I can’t believe a whole month has passed since my last update. We’ve been pretty busy with the horses but have also managed to escape to Suffolk for a few days with the dogs for a lovely non-horsey break.

Over Easter ‘Dylan the SuperDude’ came to stay. He has come such a long way since last summer, Michelle has done a great job and it was very easy for me to give him a two week top-up, tweak the canter and send him on his way ready for his dressage debut. He is a total charmer and everyone on the yard misses his big white face looking over the stable door. My legs on the other hand breathed a sigh of relief; he is pretty wide and walking like John Wayne is never a good look! Check him out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E76k3mWRQI

Tinka and Martin headed off to South of England BE100 for what turned out to be a learning experience…..Martin committed the cardinal sin of listening to the XC commentary and changing his mind on how to ride the ditch to skinny. Tinka likes to be ridden to a fence and Martin didn’t, so it wasn’t the skinny that caused him a problem but the ditch! Ah, so easy in hindsight and we never stop learning. He won’t do that again though!

Dylan and Michelle stay for the jumping clinicWe had the first Carmen Court jumping clinic of the year and for the first time ever I got soaked! A good day though with lots of new faces and everyone going home happy. Even Lily and Martin jumped a few fences…

I think I mentioned that I had handed the reins over to Martin. Although she has been more robust since seeing Jose she still had put the wind up me. I am perfectly happy to admit it. You don’t see it coming, you have no idea what is going to happen next and by the time you catch your breath you don’t know which way is up and your heart is beating hard in your mouth! Within two weeks of him taking over she had broken his nose. The middle bit (septum?) is now loose and he whistles like a kettle!! It was though, a bit of a turning point….in an effort to stop her rearing he has put her in a standing martingale and this appears to be doing the trick. They even went XC schooling to Bonfleur last weekend……fingers crossed that we can show her how much fun life is…..

Lily having fun at BonfleurWe had a brilliant day in the sunshine at Bonfleur on Sunday. I had 18 to teach and we had such good fun. Really great to see so many smiles!

Jasmine and Debbie have been out doing some BD Mediums. I hear news that Tiny and Clare jumped their socks off at the British Riding Club National Championships and their Dartford and District RC team came 4th.  Mark Powell has been out and about flying around posting clear rounds, including a brilliant double clear and dressage score of 30 at the unaffiliated Tweseldown 80 recently – top banana!

Ehren had got quite worried about working with other horses so we changed our plan and worked on developing her confidence at home. I came back from Suffolk ready to get some entries in only to find she had capped her hock doing something silly in her bedroom. Argh!

I currently have a nice five year old Dimaggio mare called Dita in for schooling. She was backed last year I think but has not been in work much since so it’s like riding a shopping trolley at the moment! She seems keen to learn though, is terribly sweet, and I do love them as babies.  Shall keep you posted!

April 26, 2013 Posted by | Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling livery | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment