Janine Lamy

As angry as a bag of wasps

Sorry I am a bit late with this blog, computer induced stress!

Harry has been practising his Irish Dancing at Bedgebury BD. Not to be outdone he clickety click clicked his way through the first Novice and scored 71% and won. He wasn’t quite so on-side in the second test as he had a three hour wait, but we still managed a yellow ribbon. The boy was on fine form! 

Then we had the first Carmen Court jumping clinic of the year. It was really lovely to see everyone again,the sun shone and we had a great day. Best of all, the horses all jumped really well which is a perfect way to start the year. It was like we’d never been away…

Then on the Sunday Lily had her first XC school. What a clever little ginger thing! We really were delighted with her, she took everything onboard without any fuss and was very brave. Martin rode her and I lead the way on Harry who was a fantastic lead, really giving Lily confidence. She seemed to say ‘if he can do it, I can do it’. Then she worked on her own while Harry napped and spun and made a huge fuss about not being with his woman. What a plonker! The only thing she didn’t jump was a ditch because they have filled in the dry ditch at Bonfleur and we didn’t think her first ditch needed water running through it! Onwards and upwards for Lily-head!

Sally lessons for both came next. Lily jumped around a course on grass for the first time, and went really well. It’s all about new experiences for her at this stage. Then I told Sally that I wanted to work on straightness and corners with Harry, and boy what a grilling I got! Needless to say I now understand exactly how my wonky position affects my horse and have learnt a thing or two about holding a line on Harry to a narrow fence. U-hum. I will hasten to add that this is very much work in progress. I almost had a teenage moment in the middle, having run past the same fence about eight times in a row…I gave myself a good talking to and said through gritted teeth ‘I’m finding this a little frustrating’. Much deep breathing and we got there in the end!

We had a lovely day out at Badminton on Sunday. We have some friends over from Australia who we haven’t seen in years and have been busy catching up while they are here.

Then Lily, Otto and Tinka went XC schooling to Coombelands on Monday. Lily was a star, jumped her first ditch without even blinking, and took everything on for her mother. She really felt at ease, and had a great ‘bring it on’ attitude. I was dead chuffed with the girl. You never know how they are going to take to XC, and she seems well up for it! Unfortunately Martin fell off Otto but otherwise he went well and is looking much improved. Despite a very sore knee Martin then schooled Tinka who was also fab, and looking very comfortable with the job. Unfortunately a check up at hospital shows that Martin has sprained the collateral ligament around his knee and he is very lame indeed. Poor old crock!

Talking of old crocks, Ivy has been out doing some novice dressage with Laura gaining a very respectable 66.8% and a 2nd place. Hard to imagine we were all in floods of tears last Summer at the prospect of saying goodbye. Funny little dumpling.

Coming up Harry has Nurstead BE100 on Sunday. I am now dreading this as he was totally beside himself with anger tonight and eventually I got off before I was thrown off, only to find that one of the girth straps had broken during his thrashing about! Me thinks the branch Chief Instructor really should practise what she preaches regarding checking her tack – will put that one down as a ‘near miss’. Lily has some more clear round jumping at Felbridge, both horses have another Sally lesson, Harry has Step by Step BD, and we have the next Carmen Court jumping clinic…bring it on!


April 27, 2011 Posted by | Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Results, Schooling livery, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Comments Off on As angry as a bag of wasps

As tricky as a box of monkeys

Continuing on the food and drink theme we had a lovely lunch with Tina and Laura Reeves a couple of weeks back, before heading off to see ‘The Wonderful Ivy’. She looks absolutely amazing. Tina is doing a fantastic job as groom while Laura is away at Uni, and best of all Ivy is sound and has some dressage competitions pencilled in for later in the Spring. Go Dumpling!

I have to admit to some trepidation at getting on both horses for the first time, but need not have worried as they were both on their best behaviour. Louisa was ready with the camera to capture the Harry antics and obviously this appealed to his boyish humour as he trotted round with his ears pricked looking all angelic – typical! The day after however, Harry had no audience. He bucked and he bucked and he bucked and he bucked while I held onto the neckstrap for grim death. Bless his little cotton socks…..

On the Saturday we held a Bedgebury jumping clinic for a very select group of five. Most people had not managed to get their horses fit enough, but those that came had fun and we knocked some of that winter rust off. While I was at Bedgebury, Martin took delivery of Lily’s sister Tinka. She has come in to be schooled and sold. I shall keep you up to date on progress here…

The Coakham Bloodhounds met at Nurstead on Sunday with Martin as Fieldmaster. Harry managed to clear a big space at the meet during Martin’s speech. Not at all embarrassing! The ground at Nurstead was amazing, it is so well drained there. Despite his ‘airs above the ground’ at the meet, Harry is absolutely loving the hunting thing and would be a fantastic Master’s horse. Alas we have some dressage and showjumping to practise, as the new eventing season looms…poor Harry!

On Monday we turned Tinka out next to Lily for the first time, and what a nightmare that was. Lily was bottom of the heap at stud and clearly was having none of it in her new home. She walked out to the field on her hind legs with absolutely no respect for the small person underneath. She squealed, leapt and reared on the end of the rope until I let her go, got her legs through the electric fence and double barrelled the metal gate between them, ending up hopping about on three legs. This is my quiet little Lily who usually staggers out of her stable, stretches, groans, and wanders out to her field as if she can barely put one foot in front of the other. Lily is not a morning person. Who is this monster?! Ah, two sisters living in the same house….I think I made a schoolboy error.

Harry had his first flatwork lesson of the year with Char yesterday. He’s as tricky as a box of monkeys when he first comes back into work but I was reminded of all my bad habits which is never a bad thing! I jumped both horses on Thursday and was delighted with them. Lily jumped through a simple grid but was like a little rubber ball, and Harry (all fired up by the hunting) was really taking me to his fences and using his body much better.

I now have the pre-season XC schooling dates confirmed as Sunday February 13th (Munstead) and Saturday March 5th (Littleton Manor). I’m really looking forward to blowing the cobwebs away. Harry has a jumping lesson with Sally next week (the first in FIVE months – oh my God, it’s going to be carnage!), and if we live through that I think we’ll head to Duckhurst the week after….

January 15, 2011 Posted by | Coakham Bloodhounds, Instruction, Our Horses, Schooling livery, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy New Year!

I hope that you all had a super Christmas and saw in the New Year in style. My first job is to thank everyone for my lovely Christmas presents – what a generous bunch you are!

Due to the weather and my slowly mending body I’ve been bored and off games for weeks, but we did manage to catch up with some friendly faces at two of the OSBWK foxhound meets over the festive period. Boxing day we saw everyone off at Chiddingstone Castle, and on the 28th we were at Ash Manor for the Childrens’ Meet. It’s lovely to catch up with people you don’t see so much during the winter and great to see so many of the children I teach through West Kent Meopham and North West Kent pony clubs out for the day. It just made me more determined to get myself and the horses going again!

It’s the time of year for reviewing plans and goals. It’s a good way of making sure we are on the right track, analysing the past season, putting together training plans and keeping the ball rolling. I hope you’re ready for the conversation when I see you!

Plus, I hope that you have all noted the 2010 rule changes. The two most obvious ones being BD – gloves must be of light colour, and BE – proper protective headwear must be worn for the dressage phase at BE80, 90, 100 and 100+.  Don’t get caught out, I for one need a new pair of light coloured gloves as mine are full of holes!

We’re looking forward to the Coakham Bloodhounds meet at Nurstead on Sunday. Having spent two days walking the country this week Martin says the going is fantastic. Fingers crossed that Jack Frost stays away….

Looking ahead, we have clinic dates fixed for Carmen Court 2010 for April through to October (see Clinic page), and Martin and I will be doing a jumping Lecture / Demo at Chelsfield Equestrian Centre on 21st March. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there.

January 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

If only real life had danger music

Things were going so well….

I have to admit to a few aches and pains after hunting Harry at Attwood but an easy sitting down day was planned on the tuesday as I was attending the BSJA Coaches Seminar at Towerlands. This was fronted by Billy Twomey and Peter Charles. It was an interesting seminar with the main focus on a disciplined approach to the flatwork basics. I was mildly amused as a slightly frustrated Billy jumped on one of the horses to show how he wanted it done, only to realise how difficult the horse was and declare that the rider was doing a fab job already – we’ve all been there!

Then on thursday I got squashed, and squashed proper – metal fence, me, horse – ouch! Several hours in a hospital waiting room only to be told I’ve cracked a rib, nothing can be done, take lots of pain killers, it could be six weeks….SIX WEEKS?!

On the saturday morning, an ever sympathetic Martin announced (with tears of laughter in his eyes) that watching me to try to get out of bed was like watching a beetle stuck on it’s back. I really didn’t see the funny side…..which seemed to amuse him even more….

So some days later this week, still nursing a cracked rib and a generally bruised and painful body, I really wouldn’t have chosen to have someone drive into the side of my car. Yep, that’s exactly what happened next. I had a proper Victor Meldrew moment. Argh!

Luckily for me, Martin and Louisa have been stars. They’ve done the horses and kept everything going. Bored rigid, I have caught up with nine months of paperwork and have managed to do most of my teaching, swapping jumping lessons for flatwork ones, and keeping my sanity!

I’m off to watch Martin hunt Lexie at Bassett’s Manor today. Given the forecast of 5 degrees and heavy rain I may prefer to be in the car after all – frustrated but warm!

November 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment