Janine Lamy


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.

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