April

While the rest of us have had a fairly quiet    one, this month has been a busy month for Mandy!

She started it with an outing to Moreton with James, Moreton was another new venue for him but after a bit of a tense start he soon settled for placings in both classes with good scores of 69% & 66%. She then headed off to Hartpury in her role as judges and writers coordinator at the BD winter dressage championships. This alone kept her busy enough for the week but she took time out to compete Ryan in the Petplan medium silver championship on Wednesday too!! 

Ryan was very full of himself  and bounced gleefully around the warm up arena  before producing a good test marred only by him not being to contain himself  in the medium  canter. He put in a bit of a buck and a change or two which was obviously proved to be costly  leaving him out of the placings on 65%. Mandy and Penny were thrilled with him though as it was lovely to see him enjoying himself and it's a massive achievement in itself to qualify for this fabulous show.

Mandy & Ryan at Hartpury
Mandy & James at Bury Farm

On returning from Hartpury it was off to Bury Farm for Mandy with James  for the BRC intermediate dressage championships. Not only another new venue for James  but by far his longest journey and his biggest show to date. He went through pretty much every 'emotion' a horse  can display in the warm up arena but settled beautifully  in time for his test. Mandy rode a blinder and James responded accordingly producing probably one of the best tests they've done together  resulting in a fabulous 71%and a national title !! 

We are all thrilled for Mandy who hasn't had the easiest road with James to get to this point but hoping this is just a taste of things to come.

m & Adam at CRC thanks to TLovellphotography
Kat & Denver at CRC thanks to TLovellphotography
Kate & Zi at CRC thanks to TLovellphotography

The yard had a successful day at Chilworth Riding Club's first show of the year too!  Kat & Denver made their    dressage debut together  for  3rd place in prelim 18 with a very impressive 68%! Kate & Zi cleaned up in the  elementary & medium classes  winning both on  70% & 68.27%  and Sam with a not entirely cooperative Adam were 2nd in the medium with nearly 65%.

Thanks to TLovellphotography for the photos.

They also all had fun in our Cheryl Bezants jumping clinic  with Cheryl jumping on board James so he didn't miss out on the fun while Mandy was at Hartpury. Lizzie had physio the day before so couldn't play this time so in the absence  of Tammy Alison    dusted off the camera for a few snaps of them all enjoying themselves!

Kat & Denver
Kate & Zi
Sam & Adam
Cheryl & James