April

Well at least now things have got going again we have got one or two things to update you on this month! 

We've hosted a couple of riding club dressage competitions, our usual clinics are back up and running  and  Mandy has even ventured out to a couple of events away from home with Ryan and James!

James has been  a very busy boy this month, he and Mandy   have    picked up some good results at both the New Forest Riding Club and the Chilworth Riding Club dressage competitions  that were both held here at Woodington. With scores over 71% at prelim, 68%+ at novice and even a very creditable 64.64% at his first go at an elementary! He also had an outing to Shirley Foleys place for a  pole work clinic  and taken part in both our Emily Harris and Cheryl Bezants clinics. 

Mandy & James thanks to Tlovellphotography
Mandy & James thanks to Tlovellphotography

Both Lizzie and Denver did an  advanced medium each in the Chilworth Riding Club dressage with Alison . Denver did a nice obedient test to win the small pyo class and Lizzie showed some really good quality work  with just a few spooky moments bringing the marks down a little to finish 4th. 

They also both took part in all this months clinics with Emily  Harris and Cheryl Bezants. 

Alison & Denver thanks to Tlovellphotography
Alison & Denver thanks to Tlovellphotography
Alison and Lizzie thanks to Tlovellphotography

Mandy and Ryan also took part in the Chilworth Riding Club dressage, Ryan is feeling like a brand new man now he's been treated to a new saddle and Mandy had a mixture of some nice work and some cheeky moments  which were reflected in his marks and he finished 3rd in the pyo. He also took part in all the clinics  in which    he and Mandy especially enjoyed    the jumping this month!

They did have an outing to Moreton to try and get their qualifying scores for the Draught Horse Associated Championships which they duly did and are now qualified at elementary level. 

Mandy & Ryan thanks to Tlovellphotography
Kate and Zi thanks to Tlovellphotography
Mandy & Ryan thanks to Tlovellphotography

Kate & Zi and Sam & Adam  also picked up placings with good scores in the New Forest and Chilworth Riding Club dressage  competitions at elementary level. Kate was especially thrilled as this was her first attempt at this level! 

All the photos on this page are thanks to Tammy Lovell of Tlovellphotography so thank you very much to her for those.

Unfortunately we were very disappointed to hear though that Tammy had images stolen from her website from   both the riding club dressage competitions  held here  this month. Please don't do this, it is stealing!   Photographers stand all day in all weathers  often for very little financial reward so for people to help themselves to images,    which in Tammy's case are very reasonably priced, is a slap in the face.   Most of us don't go into a shop and help ourselves so why some people feel it's ok to do it from a photographers website, which is essentially their shop window, I do not know!  Hopefully we won't hear about anymore of this from anyone who attends competitions with us.