Janine Lamy

No retiring the old man!

On the dressage front Debbie and Jasmine have been plugging away at their BD Mediums in order to get qualified for the Area Festivals. We more commonly see Tina and Percy at the jumping clinics but Percy’s sharer Sue has done her first few dressage outings and recently won her Prelim with 66.1% at Speedgate. This is a fantastic result and put a big smile on my face. Taking our time and having a system in place has really reaped its rewards. Competitions were banned for months and months, and now they are ready and really having fun.

We took a small group including Lily and Tinka to Lodge Farm for a XC school. Emma, Sarah and Jules joined us with Jules specifically wanting to get a better idea of the BE90 pace. Tinka looked much improved, Lily however had another ginger hormonal tantrum. I hadn’t realised but it was three weeks since Lucy’s school fence got a kicking. This time, and I kid you not, she hurled herself off the bank at Lodge Farm backwards. Martin just sat there. Lily you have no idea how stubborn he is. Seriously, give it up girl!

Fantastic news from Tinka; following her great run at Brightling it was Iping BE100 last weekend. Not a favourite venue of mine (although Martin loves it) and everything she has been struggling with. I walked the course and thought what a huge test it would be for her; hilly, twisty, spooky, ditchy and almost impossible to make the time. So on a scorching Sunday afternoon she stormed around it, was totally confident and fairly close to the time to WIN! Hoo-hah!! A win! Crikey, they don’t come along very often. As a one-horse working amateur rider getting a win is a serious achievement. We can count them on one hand in all Martin’s many (sorry Martin but I haven’t got over the commentator at South of England saying you first competed there in 1979!) years of eventing – there was a brilliant win in the Poplar Park Novice 2006 on a seven year old Lexie, again on Lexie at Eridge in the Pre Novice 2004, and ten years ago to the day on Debbie Garland’s Mannie at Iping in the Pre Novice 2003. So no retiring the old man, he has promised to carry on kicking!

In all this heat I have a rather overweight but otherwise lovely Connemara in for two weeks intensive schooling called Rolo. I think the poor fellow is wondering what on earth happened (as are my legs!). He is a friend of my favourite little man Dylan, and Dylan had better watch out as I am working on making Rolo a fellow Chelsham and Bromley Riding Club dressage contender! Another schooler ‘Dita’ has just posted her first win; it’s all getting rather competitive!

I have entered Ehren for the Addington Regionals. They are the last one this year, giving her eye the longest possible time to clear up. It does look better but is slow progress and the oedema is still there, albeit smaller. I have started to ride her this week in her fly mask. Quite the fashion aficionada she is…..I do feel for her in this heat though, it must be SO itchy.

Coming up Tinka has Chilham BE100, Ehren may or may not have the Regionals, and we have jumping clinics at Adds Farm, White House and Carmen Court. Dita is coming back to Carmen Court for a month and we have the added challenge of introducing her to some jumping, I have camps at Adds Farm and Ardingly, and I think it will be nice to squeeze in a few days off for Hickstead and Edenbridge. Ah the madness of summer!

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July 25, 2013 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling livery | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shiver me timbers!

Martin has been keeping busy with Lily and Tinka. They both went to Lodge Farm a while back for a XC school. Lily is still showing her inexperience but is making steady progress and behaved really well. Tinka and Martin were still trying to resolve their communication problems but he felt happier and entered Eridge BE90 in the hope of giving her a confidence boosting run.

Two recent schooling liveries Dita and Dylan have been out for their debut dressage outings. Dita and Terri were 2nd in their first outing with 62.17%, and Dylan and Michelle won their first class with 64.78% and were 4th in their second class with 65.41% I am so pleased and proud of all four, what a great start. I think Michelle has the bit between her teeth now and was out again getting a 2nd and 5th in big prelim classes with 66% and 64% and comments from judge Helen Webber “there is real potential here”.  Love the little man, he is so cute!

Martin then took Lily to Lucy Thompson’s for her first jumping lesson. Now that we are happy Lily is more comfortable it’s time to start doing a bit more. Lucy couldn’t believe how different the two girls are; Lily being more like a little nervy racehorse and Tinka an over confident bullock! However, although Lily and Tinka both share attitude, Lily also has a temper and was feeling a little hormonal that day…… she is your archetypal ginger, and regrettably the vet didn’t remove any of her character when she cut out bits of her back! When everything is going Lily’s way she is the sweetest pony…..on this occasion Pigtails was on parade. Lucy’s school fence is now totally trashed and laying in bits on the floor! I am no animal communicator but as Lily stood by the lorry afterwards steaming and dripping in sweat, the look on her screwed up little ginger face said “I HATE YOU BOTH”. Bless.

Tinka then went to Eridge for the BE90. She was beside herself with excitement and a little tricky in the dressage waving her under-carriage in the final halt at the judge for bonus marks. She had a pole SJ, to be fair she wasn’t really taking enough notice of the fences as it’s the smallest she has jumped in a long while. Then on the XC it happened again. Martin took a pull, made a turn and phtt, she halted. Argh! Maybe I need that animal communicator after all……

While we were at Eridge it was great to see Jules and Libby jump a double clear in the BE90. These guys are going great guns, Jules has never evented before and I am so chuffed when I look back to their first baby jumping clinic a few years back!

XC schooling is very popular at the moment and I had two more groups at Bonfleur in the sunshine, it was absolutely lovely and all the horses went really well. I had to laugh, when Emma told her friend Sarah that she was coming out with me the first thing Sarah said was “you do know that she will make you jump a ditch?” I didn’t realise I had a reputation for being such a meanie! So…not only did Emma jump the ditch but the whole rail ditch rail combo…. hah!

Last Friday was a Pony Club standard setting day at Crockstead covering E to A tests. I have to say it was another lovely day in the sunshine and one of the better courses I have been on. It was hosted by William Blane FBHS and Chairman of Pony Club training. A month or so back I felt strongly enough about a UKCC level 3 pilot course they are running that I sent him an email. It was lovely to put a face to the name, but he did look at Martin as if you say ‘you’ve got your hands full there mate’ and promptly gave me a clip-board and made me a team-leader for the day! I guess I had that coming….

Now ever the pessimist, when things are going well I start to get nervous. When Ehren got her great score at Speedgate, her little write-up in Horse and Hound and qualified for the Regionals I thought ‘Brace yourself Lamy, there’s something bad about to happen around the corner.’ Groan, sometimes I hate being right. We have a problem with Ehren’s eye, the one that already has some damage to it. We are not yet sure what the cause of it is but it’s been very inflamed and after a week still has a blue haze over the cornea. She has had a drug that dilates the pupil so is permanently in a fly mask with a gaffer tape patch over the left eye so that the sunshine isn’t painful. As you can imagine it’s all rather worrying as we aren’t sure what has caused it and after a week it hasn’t really gone away. Martin of course has a constant supply of pirate jokes. Poor Ehren.

Martin had a really interesting lesson with Francis Whittington this week and has been given lots of homework to encourage her to slow down and think. I am indeed honoured as I was allowed to suggest a few exercises earlier in the week for exactly the same reason. Now that I have been vindicated I shall step away slowly and go back into the shadows! Francis must have hit the nail on the head as Tinka jumped a double clear at Brightling BE100 yesterday. Martin was delighted and said she felt the best she has all year. Hurrah!

So Tinka is off to Iping next week, whether Ehren makes it to the Regionals I can’t predict but she certainly won’t be getting a practise run anywhere…..everyone please cross everything!

July 14, 2013 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Results, Schooling livery | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment