Janine Lamy

Otto does good

Well a busy few weeks. There’s been lots of Pony Club rallies and Area Competitions, most recently the Horse Trials which was held at Coombelands, Pulborough. NWK pony clubber Sophie Etheridge was delighted to finish 7th in the Novice with the young Murray but the highlight of my day was Sally Stoddart finishing 7th in the Intermediate. Poor Sally was grey before she started, and utterly convinced she was going to die! With very limited mileage cross country it was a big ask to jump around the BE100 course. Top effort with gutsy riding rewarded!

Meanwhile the dressage divas have been to the BD Regionals. Donna and Otto did Carmen Court proud and came 5th in the Open Novice. This is a truly amazing transformation and all credit to Donna for sticking with it. Round of applause to Team Otto – it can be done!

I mentioned in my last update that I didn’t feel Harry was quite right behind. Two trips to the vets later we still don’t have a diagnosis. Initial investigations suggested kissing spines, but that was later ruled out and we are now thinking possible sacroiliac pain but need more tests to confirm it. Although most of the time I wouldn’t want Harry to talk, it would be easier and cheaper if he could explain what the problem was….“Feckin’ back ache! Arse!”.

We have had a couple of trips out XC schooling at Lodge Farm and Bull Farm.  Given the opportunity to show off in front of many (including her breeder, u-hum) Pigtails made an appearance at Lodge Farm. A fair amount of Lily hysteria was on show for all, yet at Bull Farm with no-one about, Lily left Pigtails at home and came as herself. The perfect pony, even leading the other horse over the ditch and into the water…. Those who were at Lodge Farm will understand that I would have found it hard to concentrate on the Ginger Ninga and teaching the group at the same time. So it was Martin who did the deed. We have struggled with Lily’s ultra sensitive mouth this summer and have been having a play with bits. At home we are making progress again but at Lodge Farm we decided to give up and attached the reins to the noseband. Worked absolute wonders and she finished on a much more positive note!

Good news from Groomsbridge, Lexie has been scanned in foal. Obviously we wouldn’t expect it to be entirely straight forward and it started out as twins…but now has been narrowed down to one pregnancy. I hope they chose the right one!

Fantastic news from the National SideSaddle Championships – Morgan Schive won Junior Rider of the Year, and got a write-up and picture in Horse and Hound. Morgan works really hard with Smurf and thoroughly deserves her success. What a way to leave your Junior years. WINNER!

We have a Carmen Court jumping clinic today, XC schooling at Bonfleur next weekend, and I start life as a probationary B test examiner…must get a clip board!

August 20, 2011 Posted by | Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Schooling | , , , , | Leave a comment

Plan B

Well the weather goes from one extreme to the other. Martin and Tinka were at Brightling Park for the BE90 in the worst rain and mud I can ever remember being at a horse trial in. We were towed into the lorry park which is never a good start, but the rain that fell at lunchtime was something else. It came at you sideways! Tinka has never even cantered in mud, let alone jumped out of it, but was totally unfazed. In two wheel drive (she doesn’t even wear hind shoes!) she jumped a super clear round SJ (Horse and Hound reported only 27% jumped clear in the BE90) then went on to jump a really confident clear around the XC with only a few time faults leaving her 8th. Top banana!

On the Sunday I took Harry to Royal Leisure BS as he has been feeling on fine form. He was delirious to be out again, behaving more like a four year old! The plan was to test-drive him SJ, then XC school and if all OK get him entered for Smiths Lawn. However, with horses it’s always good to have a B plan….although he felt fine at Royal Leisure, he doesn’t really look his usual happy self in the pictures and now I am not sure he is quite right behind and so he has not been worked since. We shall investigate further….

So with Lodge Farm booked for XC schooling I decided to take Lily instead. Unfortunately with Harry off games and Martin away there was no lead horse or companion. She coped with that pretty well, jumping like a star until the only other horse at Lodge Farm left the course, loaded and went home. This did prompt a little ‘Pigtails Moment’ but in fairness we would not usually school a young horse on its own and Lily rarely even hacks on her own so not entirely unexpected. She got over it! Lots more schooling planned in August and with Harry off I reckon I know who Martin has his eyes on for this season’s hunt horse!

We had a great jumping clinic at Bedgebury.  I somehow managed to persuade Louisa to take Strider. In recent times her feet have been firmly planted on the floor, in fact she hasn’t jumped a course of fences in over 12 years. Strider on the other hand, has never jumped a course of fences in his life and yes, you guessed it – they jumped a little course – Woo Hoo! I was so chuffed!

The dressage winners have been out in force again. Emma Pearce and Kathryn Nichols were first and second in the Chelsfield Prelim Championships – go girls! Tiny and Clare won their arena at the RC qualifier and are off to Lincoln for the National Championships. Janet Crumbie and Drummer have only recently started competing at Novice but won their test at Speedgate. Zalena who we restarted and sold to Claire Carter won her Novice test at Stilebridge. Jazz and Debbie won their first attempt at Medium – now that’s just showing off! On top of that our North West Kent Pony Club girls Sophie Etheridge and Ruby Fryer qualified for the Novice and Open PC Showjumping Champs. What a few weeks!

I was also delighted to see that the August edition of Local Rider has a double page spread of our Bedgebury camp pictures. It looks amazing and is fantastic advertising. My only problem is how to accommodate the number of people already showing in interest in camp 2012!

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lucy, born 5th June

Crikey, where to start..

Lily seems a good place. She has continued to be a bit challenging so I put Martin up to see if I could see what was causing it from the floor. Oops! After much dummy spitting Lily lost her balance and slipped over sideways with him onboard. By the following morning he couldn’t stand so it was off to A&E we went. Well actually….I have to admit that he was being such a bad patient that I dropped him in the carpark, left him to hop, went to do a lesson and went back later to see if he was still in the queue! When I got back he was his usual cheerful self, couldn’t see any reason why he needed a wheelchair, moaned about my driving (OK so I hit the odd door-frame, a couple of chairs and an elderly patient as I pushed him the short distance back from X-ray…), didn’t think he needed crutches, etc etc. Enough! So when we got home I left him with strict instructions to do the ironing and I went out again to play ponies.
The following day he could take some weight on it so he decided to try riding (you think I‘m joking), and on Monday he came and walked the XC course at Hurstwood Farm with me. If anyone asks, he’s ‘fine’…

I was supposed to be with Louisa and Strider at the Hickstead SouthEast Unaffiliated Dressage Champs, not at Darenth Valley! However, she did a brilliant job without me and was 7th in her class. On the same day Sue Wheble took Morgan to Speedgate for her second outing since starting with me seven or so months ago. Superb effort, by all accounts she really rode him well and scored 68% in both prelims. Fantastic!
A trip to the Orthopaedic specialist for Martin and they think he has torn the meniscus cartilage in the knee and may need an operation to sort it out, so we wait for an appointment for an MRI. In the meantime Tinka has her first BE90 in a week….and nothing is stopping him from riding her there.

I carried on working Lily on long-lines for the next week so that I could watch what is happening and work through it from the safety of the ground. She still wasn’t a happy girl so in order to tick off all possible problems the dentist took a look and she went to see a chiropractor on the Saturday.

It’s not just Lily on the naughty step, Harry has been foul too. But for about two months. I decided to give him two weeks of hacking to see if it made a difference and I can report it has, but not one I wanted. He was pretty fit and two weeks of doing very little has turned him into a giant snorting loon! Suddenly he is scared of everything and I am often seen reversing up the lanes because he wont go past something. He had a blood test to make sure all was OK, went down the Gastro route to see if he had pain in the stomach, and finally he went off to see the chiropractor too.

So I took out a mortgage, loaded the lorry with fuel and ponies and headed off to see Jose Gomez-Garcia down near Pulborough. Lily had a back like a snake, “no wonder she doesn’t want to turn right” and was generally tight through her back, very sore in her withers (possible cause of rearing), and very stiff in the neck. We were discussing what a mess she was, and why (maybe a fall in the field in the winter) when it was Harry’s turn. “Oh this poor boy”…..”he is very sore, been in pain for very long time, I think for years”. Oh great. Call the RSPCA now why don’t you, they do have their backs checked regularly, honest! Harry had a twisted pelvis which meant he was sore just about everywhere. So…..I am slowly bringing both horses back into work, they go back in a week or two for a check-up and I will let you know how things progress. Doing carrot stretches with Harry is rather like dangling raw meat in front of a lion, not a very safe practise!

Tinka went off to Little Downham where she was a little feisty and distracted in her dressage test, had two poles in the SJ and was clear inside the time XC. What a star, she has only been in proper work for five months – she is going to be fab! We were delighted with her.  She is now pretty much ready for sale so we must get my camp out of the way and get her advertised for her Owners…

That night Lexie gave birth to a lovely natured bay filly ‘Lucy’. Unfortunately she had carried Lucy too high and her front legs weren’t in the correct place and she was born with no tension in her tendons and her fetlocks and pasterns on the floor. Only time will tell whether this will resolve itself but as I write this it is not looking particularly hopeful….Lexie is being the perfect mother, really relaxed and looking after her. Everything is crossed for a little miracle.

June 10, 2011 Posted by | Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , | Leave a comment


I am delighted to say that we have summer clinic dates for jumping around a grass arena sorted at Bedgebury. The dates are:
                – Sunday May 22nd
                – Saturday July 23rd
                – Saturday August 13th

Even more exciting is that we have finalised the dates for our Adult Camp, also at Bedgebury from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June. This will include a little bit of everything, is sure to be great fun and I am really looking forward to it!

Martin and I have been really struck by how much like Ivy Tinka is. The other day she was spotted on her knees with her bum in the air trying to get the longer grass from under the fence – it’s like having a naughty pony to stay! Martin is thoroughly enjoying playing with her. She has picked things up really quickly, is now jumping fences from canter and is almost ready for her first dressage test. They went off to Lucy Thompson’s for a lesson last Friday, her first trip out and the end of her fourth week. She loaded, travelled well, did everything that was asked of her in a howling gale and came home as if to say ‘yeh, and?’ Lucy was very complimentary about her technique over a fence and commented on what a lovely bold horse she is. She also got very excited about what super foals she would produce…no, no, no, no, no!

On Saturday I headed off to Patchetts early in the morning to support Debbie at the Regionals. When I say early, I mean it was still dark when Debbie got on to warm up! And do you think the cafe was open?! Harrumph. It’s always the same at the Regionals, stress-heads everywhere! I include Jazz on this list, but they ended up a creditable 12th. Not bad at all.

I had four dressage divas at Eaglesfield BD on Tuesday. All girls did me proud. Debbie led the Novice with an amazing 73%, he really did try his heart out. Normally Natalie would be a bit cheesed off coming second with 69% but now the qualifying rules have changed it doesn’t matter so much. They also notched up a second, third and fourth in the Elementary between them. Smiles all round!

On Friday my two had flatwork lessons with Char. Harry’s flatwork is a bit remedial since he started hunting but we are doing our best to keep him supple until we have time to get more done in the school. Only one more meet! Lily got absolutely soaked through in the rain. We are working on getting her to accept more leg and relax her body more. Canter in particular is a little tense. A more rideable Lily would be good!

As if Thursday and Friday wasn’t wet enough, we cross country schooled at Munstead yesterday in the most hideous weather conditions you could imagine. It hammered down with rain all day, it came at us sideways and it was also very cold – what a bunch of raving lunatics we must be. Tinka proved to be a very brave little cookie, not even looking at the water or drop fences. What an attitude, and only after five weeks work. Harry was a bit of a handful bouncing about like Zebedee, but jumped like a star. Having not hunted at all this winter his mother was a little rusty and will need another trip out before our first event in order not to let the side down. And I am more convinced than ever that I’m going to get bucked off soon!     

We have the last Bedgebury jumping clinic of the winter Saturday, both Tinka and Lily will be in attendance – whether having the Terrible Two out together proves to be a sensible idea is another matter. I will let you know!

February 14, 2011 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No landing gear

Well the dressage divas have certainly been out in force. Bonnie and Oliver posted two wins at Brook Farm BD, in a Novice and an Elementary. I am really pleased with the improvement in Oliver, and what better way to end their season. He now has over a hundred points.

Then Louisa and Strider won their Prelim at Eaglesfield BD – his second affiliated test and second win. No complaints from me! Also at Eaglesfield were Debbie and Jazz – they did a fantastic job to win the Novice with 70% (and I had the audacity to point out what could have been better!) and were second in their first affiliated Elementary. Not only that but in winning another Novice they have qualified for the Winter Regionals (hoo-hah!).  Next was South of England BD where they also won both Novice tests, including another with 70%. Wow! I started looking for banana skins and became sure that Harry would buck me off to level things out!!

I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than producing young horses. I have helped with Strider and Jazz from the beginning (Jazz was just backed, Strider we’ve done from a two year old) and now we are really seeing some great results. I’m so chuffed. The girls have done me proud with their boys.

So onto my favourite ginger person…..Lily has been to the barbers! She’s been getting quite hot so I thought we’d start by introducing her to the noise and feel of the clippers. She was so good I whipped off her chin and chest. Dude! We’ve also been doing our Sally homework with our ‘special needs’ double reins and it really seems to be doing the trick…we have another lesson next week..

Then it happened….It was Harry’s first jump since his break and we were jumping a two foot rail…he’d already jumped it a couple of times but for some reason he totally missed it and wrapped his front legs around the pole. With no landing gear and all the agility and athleticism of an elephant on skis, we travelled ten metres across the school on his knees and belly. Miraculously still onboard, all I could think was how much trouble I would be in if we went through the school fence! What a donut that boy is. I think we’ll hold on the Mensa application. He shook himself off, spat out the sand that he had scooped up in his lower lip and waved his front leg at me. He’s wacked the back of his knee so bandages and ice followed by light duties for a while. Groan. I knew I was cruising for a fall, but I didn’t see that coming!

Sunday was the Coakham Bloodhounds opening meet. I can no longer bury my head in the sand and pretend it is still summer. It’s freezing cold in the mornings and we’ve started hunting. Worse than that, this weekend the clocks change. Urf.

Wednesday this week was our wedding anniversary. I find this quite amazing, but it’s been fifteen years. I teach teenagers that weren’t alive when we got married. I can feel a mid-life crisis coming on. If you find me wandering around town wearing make-up, perfume and stilettos please return me to the Red Lion where they will medicate me and send me home….

With Harry skiving Lily had a lesson with Char today. It must be about three months since I’ve had a flatwork lesson and it was well overdue. Since Lily’s teeth problems I have been having issues with the contact but it turns out that if I ride from leg to hand and release the death grip I have on the reins there is very little wrong with the contact at all! U-hum….

Some good news from Rose, she was inspected this week and is carrying a foal. Everything crossed that all goes well this time….

And last of all Sally Forster (who bred Lily) has a super four year old mare for sale by the same stallion. She’s been assessed by International rider Emilie Chandler as having enough scope to go at least BE Intermediate and is a lovely bold, people person. She’s been quietly backed and is now looking for a competition home. Sally doesn’t have the facilities to show her but if there’s interest she can come to me for a bit. Lots more info if you know someone that’s looking….(or maybe someone that will buy her for us?!?!)

October 29, 2010 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , , | Leave a comment

Off games

Well it’s been two very busy weeks fitting in Lily and Harry around normal lessons and teaching at camps. Normally I give the horses most of August off as I find it hard to do it all, but this year I have been determined to keep them going. The consequence of this is that I have been tired and tetchy, thoroughly delightful to be around, growling at Martin whenever he starts a sentence with ‘have you managed to…’!

Last week was my fifth year doing the jumping sessions at Chislehurst and District Riding Club camp. It’s a lovely camp to teach at, everyone trying their very best and they are always really supportive of each other. I always get lots of enjoyment seeing the progress through the week, and the lunches are amazing!

Part way through the week we got news that Lexie’s 28 day scan had revealed a heartbeat – woohoo! I mustn’t get too excited as I know things don’t always go to plan but this is fantastic news.  I also hear from Stud UK Euro that Rosie was scanned in foal, so everything crossed for things to go well there too. On the Saturday Martin moved Lexie from West Kington Stud in Wiltshire (where there is no winter broodmare accommodation) to Groomsbridge Stud in Cambridgeshire (where Lily came from). We know that Sally Forster at Groomsbridge pampers everything like it was a favourite pony in her back garden, and that is exactly what we want for our girl. She’s still looking rather fit and I imagine a rather well bred, curvaceous broodmare taking her to one side “this place is fabulous darling but you really must eat your greens…you’re eating for two now sweetie…”

While Martin was driving around the country in the lorry, we had a very busy Carmen Court jumping clinic. Debbie’s Jazz jumped like a star again, maybe a trip to Felbridge for the boy is looming after all. He had saddle trouble and was a little sore two months ago when he nearly had his Aunty Janine eating sand, so it’s good to have that behind us and be back on form. It’s great to see the progress in the regulars but also lovely to see quite a few new faces this time. I also jumped Lily in a group which is a completely new experience for her and she behaved brilliantly. Although very green, she’s feeling really confident now and at times was a bit of a cocky show-off!

Then came our Pony Club branch’s camp at Judd Wood nr Tonbridge where I have been teaching all week. Only a small number of Pony Clubbers in attendance but for me, one of the best camps we’ve had in years. A great bunch and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. By Monday lunchtime there had been a finger shut in a lorry door, and a trip to A&E for a key helper with a bang to the head. Fortunately the rest of the week mainly concentrated on keeping everyone dry overnight – not really the best weather for camping. Then on Thursday, a horrible incident….I managed somehow to put a salt and vinegar crisp in my eye instead of my mouth, not something I would recommend! Now I don’t want to get anyone in trouble but between you and me, I have picked my way through the camp Risk Assessment and nowhere does it assess the Health and Safety issues regarding crisp eating….

Harry made an appearance on Wednesday, the hack had been cancelled as my ‘sweeper’ had concussion (!) but he was still lined up to teach them how to lunge. I had started to question my judgement and was worrying he’d snack on some poor unsuspecting child, but he was an utter star, totally on the charm offensive, and I think he would have trotted circles around them even if they were doing headstands! Unfortunately when I came to ride him on Friday he was slightly unlevel. It looks like he’s throwing a splint which at six he’s a prime age for. There’s a rather large hot lump in the splint area on the outside of his near fore. So Harry will be off games for a while and I expect Smiths Lawn will turn out to be his last event this year – I’m glad he went so well and proved that he’s learnt so much. He will be one for the future… but so much for working my butt off for the last four weeks to keep him in work, typical – where’s the justice in that?!

Bonnie Kerr had a great result at Brook Farm BD this week with a win in the Elementary with over 67%. We took Oliver back to basics about a year ago and Bonnie has been very patiently waiting to see the upshot of her hard work. Typically the results got worse before they got better and I’m sure she wondered if we were doing the right thing, but she’s had two wins recently so I would say we’re back in business, plus some! I also hear from Zalena and Claire Carter that they have qualified for the Riding Club Championships at Lincoln in the riding test. That’s a fantastic effort. Zalena came to me as a rehabilitation following an injury and was re-backed and slowly brought back into work over the summer last year. She was a smart young horse and we sold her onto Claire on behalf of her owner Zoe Squirrel who also had an injury, and in less than a year together they have really got it together – top effort girls!

Today we took Lily to Felbridge to school in their arena over some jumps. She was a bit overawed by the arena there and very spooky, but after a little while really got into her stride and grew in confidence. More of this planned!

So that’s it, August is nearly over… I have to admit that I’m looking forward to the slightly slower pace of life that the autumn will bring, but am disappointed they’ll be no Harry parties for a while. That’s horses though…

August 29, 2010 Posted by | Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Schooling | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dressage Diva Harry

I’m wondering whether a Google search ‘tiny janine lamy’ is a reference to my size or one of my horses…

Anyway, Otto and Martin went XC schooling at Lodge Farm last Wednesday. The first time he saw a ditch he popped it like a pro. The third time he saw that ditch he stopped dead and tipped Martin over his head!! Some quiet discussion followed but fairly quickly they were back in business popping fences, steps, banks etc. I think water schooling must be next?! When he was good he was very very good…

On Thursday Martin and I headed off to Hickstead for the Royal International Horse Show. A lovely day off, we watched some showing (those horses were NEVER under 15.2!), the Eventers’ Grand Prix, some of the Grand Prix dressage, and some window shopping (Martin is obviously saving himself for Burghley!).

Harry had a pre-event XC school at Lodge Farm Saturday. We normally wouldn’t be there twice in a week but decided Harry and Otto together might just be more testosterone than we could handle! It was a 15 minute affair reminding ourselves what this XC mallarky is about and getting our feet wet again.

Then Smiths Lawn BE100 with Harry on Tuesday and what a good boy he was! He was lying third after the dressage with 28.5 (oh yeh!), just rolled a pole SJ and jumped a super clear XC. We were a bit slow as we haven’t done any fittening work in months due to the ground, and at 17 hands he is pretty tricky to steer around those woods but I was absolutely delighted with him. He ended up fourteenth but would have been placed with less time penalties. Go Harry! I am so pleased that the hard work looks to be paying off and there is such an improvement. He has earned fun-time hunting this winter!

Then today we were off to Eaglesfield to school Lily around the arena and over some fences. She was pretty perky at the sight of an arena filled with jumps, a grandstand, and advert boards all around etc but took it all in her stride and jumped everything we asked of her. I had promised not to complain when it eventually rained but I really wouldn’t have chosen my Lily at Eaglesfield slot for thunder and a torrential downpour! Typical.

Good news from Hannah Bartholomew, posting a 6th in the BE90 at Little Mattingley – her fourth placing in her first season. Debbie Reeves has been to Stoneleigh for the Trailblazers Championships and although Jazz was initially a bit taken aback with the journey and staying away from home for the first time, he scored two good placings in the Consolation Ride Off on the second day including a 2nd in the novice with 73%. I am so pleased for them. Jazz is only 6 years old and has achieved so much already. He has the BD Southern Regionals on Saturday, another big experience for the boy. It is a fantastic part of my job seeing the young horses you have helped with from the start come through and do so well.

Tomorrow I am off to cheer on the North West Kent branch of the Pony Club at the Area Horse Trial at Pulborough. We also have a Pony Club rally with NZ Olympic rider Joe Meyer booked next week which should be interesting. Pony Club camp is now only a few weeks away too…Harry doesn’t realise this yet but he’s going to be a lunge guinea-pig, then he’s taking charge of a hack in the woods (I must stop drinking wine at Pony Club committee meetings!)

Everyone cross your fingers, toes, hooves and paws. Lexie was scanned in foal at 14 days….another scan on 28 days to come…

August 4, 2010 Posted by | Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , | Leave a comment

Cool bananas!

It’s come to our attention that Harry is obviously not as thick as he likes to make out….he has become a master at untying ropes and escaping. Four times in the last two weeks to be precise (you’d think I would have caught on huh?!) Last Wednesday I was getting ready to go out for a lesson. One minute I am grooming a hind leg, the next I am chasing him past the stables and down the path, and I finally catch up with him in a nearby paddock looking very pleased with himself, doing ‘Harry does Riverdance’ on his leadrope. Monkey!

I have been worried that both Sally and Char would think he’d gone backwards since last seeing him in November. A rather inauspicious start to his jumping lesson, “hmmm…..he appears to be jumping by brail today”, but rose to the dizzy heights of “he looks like a different horse”. Wey hey – that’s the physio, flatwork and jump trainers all thinking he’s going better; just me to convince! I think the bit of hunting we managed, followed by our enforced break has actually done him the world of good.  

He has been entered for Tweseldown and Munstead 90s. We’re into Tweseldown, and waiting to see if we escape the ballot for Munstead. It occurred to me after entering that I haven’t jumped a course of fences on him yet (minor point!) so yesterday we dragged ourselves to Duckhurst. He was a very good boy. He’s only been indoors once before and took it all very calmly. Bit of rider error forced a pole to the floor in the first round, but a lovely clear round for our second attempt. Really pleased with the way he jumped. Polos for Harry!  

The pictures on facebook of us schooling at Munstead have caused quite a lot of comment. Everyone seems to be quite amazed at Kate Lawson’s little legs! What they don’t realise is that it’s not her horse, he very rarely jumps, and Kate has only ridden about six times in the last ten months – top effort!

There’s a new boy for me to play with at home. He comes with a reputation of being a bit of a rebel, and the plan is for me to jump him occasionally to give him something different to think about. Now that I have, his owner Donna might just find Grumpy Boy in her stable and Otto in mine – he’s a natural and I look forward to playing with him more.

Lily dude, Lily dude, rah rah rah! On day three of being ridden we had our first canter, and on day four we went for a hack around the corn field – Cool Bananas!

Unfortunately the weather has put pay to our plans of schooling at Littleton Manor tomorrow. We have our hooves, paws and fingers crossed that we’ll still be able to go to a pre-season combined training at Munstead next weekend. I’m rather hoping to ride a dressage test and jump on grass before our first event – I’ll let you know! 

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Carmen Court, Instruction, Our Horses, Schooling | , , | Leave a comment