Janine Lamy

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2011

Well, what a year! My highlights….

Starting with some North West Kent Pony Clubbers – Hannah Bartholomew had an amazing first British Eventing season culminating in winning the South East Eventers League Swish Equestrian Grassroutes First Timer ranking. Sally Stoddart made a huge improvement to her flatwork and put her XC demons to rest by galloping round in horribly wet conditions inside the time to come 5th in her first Intro – this really put a smile on my face. Morgan Schive has done a great job moving from a small pony to her first horse and had a fantastic National Side-Saddle Championships. Also on a new horse, Sophie Etheridge put in a great performance in the Burghley Young Event Horse final. Go girls!

Moving onto my favourite young horses; Debbie Reeves and Jazz had a fantastic year, now consistently getting British Dressage scores of 70% at Novice – there was the Trailblazers Final, Reserve Elementary Sunshine Tour Champion, wins at BD Novice and Elementary, qualifying for the BD Summer and Winter Regionals, and even clothing sponsorship! Louisa Day and Strider won the Stilebridge Dressage Championships, the Hadlow Riding Club Championships and their first BD Prelims.  Phewee!

Bonnie Kerr’s hard work has also paid off with some great scores and British Dressage wins at Novice and Elementary on Oliver. He could barely canter a circle a few years ago and now does his bit for non-warmbloods in the dressage arena!  They really have come a long way. Alas we said goodbye to her cousin Kate Lawson’s little ginger man Caffrey. As is sometimes the way with horses we had just turned the corner with him, had won at BE Intro with Pre-Novices planned, when he was injured.

The Carmen Court jumping clinics have been a huge success. It’s been great to see some new faces but the improvement in the regulars will keep me feeling warm and fluffy all winter. In particular Rachel Stewart, Nicole Garbett, Morgan Schive, Ellie Bryant and more recently Gill Miller appears to be having a ball! Big thanks to Louisa, not only for allowing us to invade the yard once a month but also for taking photographs for everyone. The 2011 clinic dates are on the ‘clinic’ page, but before then we still have two remaining dates under cover at the lovely Bedgebury Park. 

The fantastic summer camps that I taught at restored the fire in my belly for holding my own next summer. I think this could be great fun and Martin has promised to cook breakfast! Let me know if this appeals to you and we’ll see what we can organise…finding an affordable venue is the challenge…

Then our own horses; there’s been a massive improvement in Harry this year. Thanks to the help I’ve had from Char Lassetter and Sally Thurloway. They are both amazing and I have learnt so much about how to ride him. Harry’s a funny boy but it’s been really great to be out competing again.  Lily has been a dude (mostly!), is absolutely lovely to have around (she’s like an ‘anti-Harry’!) and hopefully will be ready for some parties next year. Fingers, paws and hooves crossed for Lexie and Rose to have healthy foals. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Ivy this summer before she headed back to the Reeves family, reminding us what a character she is. She’ll be twenty next year – unreal, and still such a feisty little madam! Tiny and Clare have enjoyed a great year with wins in all disciplines and much Riding Club success for Dartford and District. She’s a good girl and is looking great.

After 35 years involvement with the North West Kent branch of the Pony Club Martin now leaves the branch and moves on to be Area 11 Representative. He has somehow found time to help Donna Johnston with Otto, amazing how these dressage horses can thrive on a bit of cross country schooling and hunting!! Very unexpectedly we said goodbye to Tyra, a peaceful but sad end.

I hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas. My very best wishes for a fun, successful 2011. Keep up the good work and hopefully see you soon!

December 21, 2010 Posted by | Burghley Young Event Horse, Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Results | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lily-head

Well the Harry update is that the vets suggested four weeks box rest. He’s pretty chilled so long as the food parcels keep arriving, but poor Martin had been promised him as a hunt horse and had just paid his subscription when uh-oh, no pony. Fingers crossed that we can get him fit and hunting in a couple of months – we’ll see what emerges from the stable in two weeks – anyone know any friendly zoo keepers?!    

I was a bit grumpy about missing Harry’s planned outings but Debbie Reeves held our side up at the South of England BD with a second and a win with over 68% in the Novices. Jazz is really quite established at Novice level now and I’m hoping they will qualify for the Winter Regionals.

On the Friday of that week we headed off to Burghley to support one of our friends and North West Kent Pony Clubber, Sophie Etheridge, in the Burghley Young Event Horse 4 year old final. Sophie’s horse Soloman has been injured for nearly a year and she has very recently been given the ride (along with a ready-made BYEH qualification) on a horse belonging to local livery owner Janet Shears – what a lucky girl!

I have to admit to fighting back tears as Sophie trotted into the arena. Our Soph at Burghley! I rode every turn and jumped every fence with her. Her mum felt so sick she disappeared. I don’t think I have ever seen Martin in such a flap. Sophie on the other hand was predictably calm, a totally focussed competitor. She went in there and produced the goods. A good dressage and a clear round on a horse that she has only had the ride on for six weeks. Her non-horsey father seemed not to understand the occasion until he saw all the people on the grandstand. Hello! This is the most prestigious Young Event Horse Championships in the country, and your daughter is only eighteen!! I can see where Sophie gets that steely determination from….

As an added bonus Steve Bartholomew (a North West Kent pony club parent) was at Burghley as an official photographer. Without much prompting he was dragged away from the main arena and Sophie had her very own official paparazzi! Apologies to Mark Todd who will be missing some snaps.

On Sunday I went to Stilebridge to support Louisa and Strider in the Hadlow Riding Club Dressage Championships. They did me proud to win their second championship class this year. They will have their affiliated debut this autumn.

And while I was supporting Louisa, Martin and Donna took Otto to Lucy’s for another lesson. I am pleased to report that the boy tried his best and everyone was very pleased with the progress that’s been made. Felbridge next we hope….

Last Wednesday Martin, the dogs and I headed to Blenheim for a weekend camping in the horsebox. Not being one to risk getting wet and cold I had packed five pairs of trousers, two pairs of waterproof trousers, three coats, three hats, four dog coats and an umbrella. Suffice to say it was pretty sunny and I looked like some kind of deranged and suntanned coat woman…

Today Lily’s breeders Sally and Thomas Forster came to see the little ginger one. Sorry mum, the Lily-head thing slipped out….and boy did Sally find that funny……

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Burghley Young Event Horse, Dressage trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club, Results | , , , , | Leave a comment