Janine Lamy

Lily

Lily is another little mare, standing only 15.2 hands and is 11 this year. She was bred by Sally and Tom Forster at Groomsbridge stud and is by Groomsbridge May I. She is about 7/8 TB.

She joined us at the end of October 2009 straight from stud, well handled but unbacked. She was a complete dude to start and was very relaxed about all her new experiences. The frost and snow stalled us but she was backed at the end of February 2010 and spent the rest of the year being slowly produced, progressing her flatwork and learning to jump.

After only two months work she won her first dressage test with 67% and in March 2011 had her second trip out, this time on grass, which she also won with 68%. She then had a quiet year as on and off she appeared uncomfortable, and was then diagnosed with Kissing Spine. Following medication with corticosteroids, shockwave treatments, pessoa work and physio the difficult decision was made to opt for surgery in June 2012.

In 2014 Lily completed her first season at BE80 with Martin gaining in confidence as the year progressed. She is the most ginger creature ever to walk the planet but that fighting spirit is not to be underestimated!

 

She started the season in 2015 with a 5th in the BE80 at Poplar Park, a double clear in her first BE90 at Munstead, followed by placings at Borde Hill, Brightling and Firle BE90s, and completed her first two BE100s. This is so much more than we ever dared hope for. She show-jumped clear in five out of seven BE90s this year. Go the Ginger Rocket!

Unfortunately she needed surgery to remove some sarcoids so spent the first part of the autumn/winter 2015 convalescing. She came back into work, was successful in her winter dressage practises and started eventing again in 2016. Unfortunately she crash landed at Chilham BE100 and needed some time off to recover. She bounced back with a 3rd at Eridge in the BE90 and is now back up and running at BE100. Not quite the way we wanted the season to go but that’s horses!

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