Janine Lamy

It’s all about Lily

September started with our end of summer holiday in Blakeney; a lovely relaxing break recharging the batteries. When we returned home it was off to Munstead BE100 for Lily’s last event of the year. Much like Chilham she was in season and completely beside herself. Oh goody, here we go again! When we got back from walking the cross country course we were horrified to find her podium dancing on the tack locker. Not a good sign it has to be said, and only fortunate that she didn’t hurt herself. Suffice to say I think it was the worst dressage test I have ever seen her do, but nothing compared to her exuberance later on in the SJ. Once she was on the XC course though she relaxed into her rhythm, waited, listened, used her brain and gave Martin an awesome ride. Oh Lily.

This has to be taken in context. Three years ago she had three spinous processes removed, and suffered colic and ongoing gastric problems from the stress. It has taken three years for her to trust her body and her jockey. There have been some seriously tricky times. She broke Martin’s nose, kicked her way out of Lucy Thompson’s school leaving broken wood and nails everywhere, and threw herself off the bank at Lodge Farm backwards for starters! We’ve had serious hormonal problems too. Two years ago she couldn’t be ridden when she was in season as she was too dangerous (and yes she was checked out by the vet). A year ago she could be hacked but not taken in the school. Yet this year she has completed her first two BE100s while in season. She has also gone from always looking very light and poor to looking like a show horse. At Firle this year we bumped into BE steward Debbie Melville who hadn’t seen her this year and she genuinely thought it was a different horse!

Last year she was eliminated in her first BE80 and had 28 SJ faults in her other three. This year she jumped 5 clears out of 7 runs in her 90s. We always have an A, B and C plan for the horses but as Lily has finished her season now we can genuinely stamp A* student on her school report. For her this has been an amazing year and we are absolutely delighted. She has been placed several times at BE80 and BE90, and completed her first two BE100s.

Without a doubt she benefits from her Equilibrium Massage Pad before she does any flatwork, and has needed lots of time and patience. Martin happens to be stubborn and patient in equal measure and has done an amazing job with her. The biggest difference to her general well being though has been changing her feed. She looks amazing, her gastric issues seem to have gone away (fingers crossed) and her hormones are considerably improved since she has been on Lunar Eclipse. I genuinely wouldn’t have believed it….

Lily 2011-2012

Lily 2011-2012

Lily 2013-2015

Lily 2013-2015

Lily 2015

Lily 2015

Unfortunately I had a little crash while schooling a horse a few weeks ago, going through the school fence and being laid on. I haven’t been particularly active on the riding front since but I have just about managed some flatwork and dressage outings. Ehren clocked up a few more points for Regional qualification at BlueBarn BD, and Little Lexi was quite the grown up winning her Prelim open section at Eaglesfield BD. This was two days after Martin took her puppy hunting for me! She has been a star since coming back into work after her hoof abscess. Fingers crossed everyone 🙂

Lexi puppy hunting with Martin and the Coakham Bloodhounds

Lexi puppy hunting with Martin and the Coakham Bloodhounds

Lexi winning her Prelim at Eaglesfield BD

Lexi winning her Prelim at Eaglesfield BD

October 7, 2015 Posted by | Coakham Bloodhounds, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Our Horses, Results | , , , | Leave a comment

Only five more minutes

Harry has been to the the vets for his nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan). It confirmed the diagnosis of sacroiliac pain as well as hindleg proximal suspensory desmitis. As it is the sacroiliac pain causing the majority of his issues we are trying to treat that first. We are to return to the vets for another assessment after six weeks of lungeing and physio. It all looks rather bleak but we are going to do our best to see if we can get him back into work. I hope the Irish boy has a lucky clover hidden away somewhere.

On a more positive note Janet Crumbie and Drummer won their debut BD Restricted Novice Freestyle to Music class at Oldencraig – top banana! Not to be outdone Jasmine was out last Tuesday at South of England BD and got the top spot with Reggie in her Novice class. Frankly I wouldn’t have been surprised if she had lifted her Timbertops hoody over her head and run through the car park whooping and waving her red rosette. Imagine her disappointment when it turned out to be dark blue!

At the recent Carmen Court jumping clinic I took the opportunity to pop Lily around the course, something I haven’t done for ages while her mouth has been so sensitive. Oh boy wasn’t it obvious – I think it’s time to get some lessons organised again. Not enough canter Janine (as if I don’t spend my life saying that, you’d think I would know better!)  She was a little green having not done much all summer but jumped well despite her mother…

Talking of lessons Martin was balloted from Munstead and a last minute lesson with NZ Olympian Joe Meyer became available just down the road so we rerouted to that. He is a lovely guy and it was really interesting to watch. So often lessons concentrate on how the horse is going but this lesson was definitely about how Martin was riding. Joe has a lot of empathy with the horses and this session was all about keeping Tinka relaxed, riding her with less contact and keeping the canter energised (noticing the theme?!).

Then on the Sunday Martin took Otto and Tinka up to Bedgebury where Emma Whittington was attempting to set a World Record by riding continuously for 28 hours in aid of Cancer Research and Hospice in the Weald. Martin had decided to lend her Tinka and ride Otto alongside to keep her awake. He had the 9am shift and by then she had been in the saddle for 24 hours. The thought of riding in Martin’s saddle after 24 hours is quite hideous, it takes the skin off my backside after 5 minutes! Apparently she was rather tearful when he arrived (perhaps she had heard the rumours about his saddle) and when the Stinka and Ottoman flew off the lorry ramp snorting and boinging her mother nearly had a heart attack. However, ten minutes later Emma was hacking through the Bedgebury Forest with her feet out of the stirrups and the reins on the buckle (phew!). She did it, and raised a lot of money, but I think she must be bonkers!  

On Tuesday last week the wonderful Nick Coles came to do the horses’ six monthly teeth check. Lily spent longer in the dentist’s chair than the others but she was a very good girl and we rewarded her with a sugar-free lolly pop and a smiley sticker….

Then on Saturday Tinka contested her first BE100 at South of England. It was a 4am alarm and the first time we have ever arrived at a horse trial in the dark. As I was reminded at regular intervals throughout the day, it was all my fault, I had asked for early times. I didn’t mean that early! She did her best dressage test so far for 36.5, had one rail down in the SJ and stormed the XC like an old campaigner to finish up 14th. We are absolutely delighted. To achieve this in nine months is really something. What a good girl!

Then on Sunday Lily went to Stilebridge for her first competition since the Spring. She was on her best behaviour and finished up 2nd in the prelim qualifying for their Championships. Unfortunately she got cast earlier in the week and has obviously tweaked something as she was skipping a bit in the canter. I hadn’t really picked it up before the warm-up and knowing how sensitive she is, the slightest discomfort can cause a meltdown so as I trotted down the centre line I was singing in my best judge can’t hear voice ‘there’s a good Lily, only five more minutes…’

So we have the chiropractor for Lily this week, and the chiropractor for Harry next week. Just myself to organise then!

September 28, 2011 Posted by | Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results | , , , , | Leave a comment


Zalena came to me for schooling about three months ago. She’s only five but had been rested for about eight months after suffering an injury to her stifle and needed to be brought slowly back into work. Her owner (Zoe Squirrell) is also suffering – her’s is a broken ankle – so is not able to ride her.

Unfortunately Zoe’s ankle has not mended and she needs another operation and a further three months off work sick. So finances mean Zalena must be sold.

Zalena has been a star throughout her stay with us and today passed her vetting with flying colours! We wish Claire Carter the best of luck with her – I’m sure she has a great future ahead.

The pics show the before and after. She’s been a pleasure.

Good luck girls!!Zalena - end October '09Zalena - September 09

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Carmen Court, Schooling livery | , , | Leave a comment