Janine Lamy

Sicknote

Spring has sprung, hurrah! OK, so we are still having hail in between sunshine but it does feel nicer weather to be working in at last.

Michelle and Summer practising for Workers

Earlier in the month we had a Working Hunter jump clinic over a course at Blue Barn in their outdoor arena. It was surprising just how spooky the horses found it and clear that it was something they need to practise more often!! So with that in mind we are going back with four groups in a few weeks….

Ah the Ehren saga. She pulls more sickies than your average Australian near a Bank Holiday. Plus I am sure she is convinced that two months looks more plausible than one….oh that old chestnut! OK here goes….she was back on the Gastroguard last time we spoke, then the lumps came back under her stomach, so we took her off the Gastrogard again worried as before that she was allergic to it. However after a week I noticed that Lily had developed some very subtle lumps and oedemas too. On further investigation half the yard had either oedemas or lumps, some very mild, so we called the vet in. Blood tests from four of the horses showed that they were fighting off some infection. Swabs thankfully were all negative, but more recent bloods show that some of them are still fighting something off. Ehren can’t try the Gastrogard again until her bloods are 100% and has been in sick-bay for a month already with the next bloods planned for three weeks time. We have decided that while some of the horses have a reduced immune system it is best to close the yard to strange horses. This means no April jump clinic, no schooling liveries and no lessons coming in until May. In the meantime Sicknote looks like a broodmare!

Lexie 3 weeks before due date

Lexie 3 weeks before due date

On the subject of sick-bay, Little Lexi has twisted her fetlock in the field and has been off games for three weeks. And on the subject of broodmares, Lexie is looking fantastic with three weeks to go before her Med Night Mahout foal is due. Am thinking Chestnut colt….we will see!

I am delighted to tell you that Morgan has been accepted for regional assessment on the Pony Club Rider Development Pathway for dressage. This is a BEF Excel Talent Programme supported and funded by Sport England to help Pony Club members that show ability to progress in their chosen sport.  The standard for this will be set very high and the most talented riders from the regional assessments will be selected for a national camp in the summer. At the end of this camp only six riders nationally (and across three disciplines) will be selected for the Rider Development Squad. Even being selected for regional assessment is fantastic and will be an amazing experience for Morgan.

Tinka jumping at Felbridge

Tinka jumping at Felbridge

We decided not to take the Groomsbridge Girls to the Bedgebury jumping clinic with the virus freshly diagnosed, but they were OK to take to Felbridge a few weeks later. Wow, they were on fine form jumping four clear rounds between them over the 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 1m courses. I did giggle when a lady came up to me in the collecting and asked if Lily was mine. She said how smart she was and I kid you not “she looks like a push button school mistress.” I believe the expression is ROFL!!!

Absolutely fantastic news from Jules and Libby; they only went and won their BE90 section at Munstead. What a way to start the season, so very proud of them. They hope to upgrade to BE100s later in the year. Then on the dressage side Stacey and Queenie were crowned Eaglesfield Senior Dressage Champions 2013-14. Go girls!!

Coming up we have 18 horses XC schooling at Bonfleur (wowsers!), Tinka is off to South of England BE100, Lily is going to the HDRC hunter trial at Coombelands, there is the BlueBarn Workers clinic, XC schooling with two groups at Bull Farm, then Tinka goes to Chilham for the BE100 where her little ginger sister will join her for her debut over the BE80. Hopefully Lexie will have given birth by then but given the last two times I will keep my head firmly in the sand until I hear news…everything crossed.

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March 29, 2014 Posted by | Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling livery | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Screeching in on two wheels

Poor Ehren has been ridden in all weathers these last few weeks with the Regionals in mind. Having had a month of not being at all right then another month off she then slowly came back into work but it had to be in any weather. To be sane she is a 6 days per week girl. Just when I thought we were getting somewhere she then got a lump under her belly, seemingly full of fluid. Three days later it was a lot bigger, then on the fourth day she was covered from head to foot in lumps with swollen knees. Panic!! No option then but to down tools for a few days and take her off the Gastrogard just in case it was an allergic reaction. Two days later we put her back on it at a much lower dose and crossed our fingers. By this time we would no longer just be winging it at the Regionals but screeching in on two wheels! However I made the decision that I would rather she go and experience it for her future even if we didn’t represent ourselves very well. Very pleased I am with that decision as she coped a lot better than I thought she would. There were really nice bits (some 9s, wow!), quite a bit of tension, some spooking and some freestyle movements (3s). She finished up 15th with 67.87%. I was delighted because at times she felt amazing. She has what it takes, just need to keep getting her out and be patient!

Morgan and Debbie have also been out and about in preparation for the Winter Championships at Hartpury. Morgan recently took both boys to Oldencraig BD for an Elementary and won overall with Smurf and was 5th on the little Henry. Jules has good news too as she heard that she and Libby qualified for the BE90 Badminton Grassroots Regional Final. Fantastic!

The lovely Jasmine

The lovely Jasmine

We have said a sad goodbye to Jasmine who worked her way into everyone’s heart while she stayed for five months to be started in her ridden career. She is a lovely sweet unassuming goof of a mare and in her place we have the bumptious self important Tinka back; what a contrast!

Little Lexi restarts ridden work

Little Lexi restarts ridden work

Little Lexi has now done four weeks ridden work and we have slowly built up to walk, trot and canter. She gets better every day and is starting to relax the more we do.

Having got back from the Regionals last night just in time for last orders, we were up in the sunshine today for our first XC school of the year at LMEQ. After the stressy dressage divas yesterday this was literally a breath of fresh air! It was great to be out, even if it was rather wet under foot. Everyone jumped really well and knocked the rust off before the start of the season.

Lily's first XC school of the year

Lily’s first XC school of the year

Coming up we are schooling over a Working Hunter course at Blue Barn, Ehren will head off to Stilebridge for some Elementaries, we have the last Bedgebury jumping clinic of the Winter series, and the Groomsbridge Girls will go and practise their showjumping at Felbridge. Despite the weather we are looking forward to getting started!

I have lots of jumping clinics booked already this year; with riding clubs, at private yards, our own, and even a couple of equitation side-saddle ones. I am aiming to start up more Working Hunter ones too. The schooling livery diary is starting to book up, and I am doing four adult weekend camps this year. There is my Bedgebury one and three more at Adds Farm, all of which are full. With lots of people aiming for the last Milton Keynes three day event we are also trying to schedule lots of XC schooling in the diary. Looks like another busy one!

March 1, 2014 Posted by | Camp, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling livery | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment