After the glory of becoming International 6 year old champion at the end of July Rocky had a quiet couple of weeks at the beginning of August before it was all systems go training for the nationals next month.
Olivia has been kept busy though & she's added another to her string, the gentle giant, 3 year old Victor. He's come to start school life before he's turned away again for the winter & with the help of Mandy she sat on him for the first time last week.
Honesty, pictured, has also been busy being prepared for sale, Olivia has decided she's got too many ponies (is there such a thing?) and that some of them have to go! Honesty is a talented mare who moves beautifully but she needs a confident rider as she can be nappy. Give Olivia a shout if you think she might suit you as for the right rider she'll be a super horse.
Alison, Lizzie & Denver.
Alison & her two had a holiday this month but Lizzie did compete in the Riding Club area dressage to music qualifier at the start of August. Lizzie, dancing to a Greatest Showman compilation, did a lovely medium test in the medium/advanced medium scoring 67% and finishing a very creditable 6th in a class of far more experienced horses. The advanced medium was just another opportunity for Lizzie to do changes in at test situation as sometimes there is more 'flying' than 'change'! On this occasion they were flying but there was some nice work shown between them & they are still very much a work on progress!
Denver had an easy month but is now preparing for his Petplan second rounds at the start of October so he will have a couple of outings in September.
Lizzie demonstrating her 'flying'change thanks to Tlovellphotography
Mandy & Ryan.
Mandy & Ryan were also at the Riding Club area dressage to music qualifier & they did a super advanced medium test scoring 69% leaving them in 3rd place & later being awarded a wildcard for the championships at the end of September!
They also had an outing to Crofton Manor where they were on good form winning both their advanced medium classes with 66.61% & 65.89%.
Also this month...
Our Introduction to Dressage to Music clinic was a big success, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves in spite of the 30 degree heat. Emily Harris & the lovely Freya left us all feeling inspired after their beautiful demonstration of their Inter 1 freestyle & it was nice to see such a good turnout for the Q & A session. We are hoping to run another clinic sometime soon so keep an eye out for the date if you fancy giving it a go.
Inspired by Bluebells Show which was held here at Woodington this month we have had a lot of interest for an Introduction to Showing clinic. If you'd like to give showing a go or brush up on your knowledge with help from our experts (ridden, in-hand & turnout) then keep an eye out for that too.