At our December show we tried to encourage a Christmas theme & a few folk did dig their tinsel & Christmas jumpers out including double winner Sarah Davis. Sarah & the lovely Winston who went all out with the Christmas outfit won their sections of the intro & the prelim. Clare Carter riding Applewitch Mascot was the other Intro winner & Ashley Helliwell with Med Night Attitude Too were the other prelim winners. Congratulations to them all & we hope you enjoy your prizes of a photoshoot kindly donated by Tammy Lovell of Tlovellphotography.
Photos of Sarah & Clare rocking their Christmas outfits thanks to Tammy.
Olivia has had a fairly quiet December but has had an outstanding year with her team of horses, especially the wonderful Rocky.
They qualified for the Winter Championships at Hartpury in April where they finished 10th in an incredibly hot Novice Gold class with 72.16%.
Then in June they went to the young horse qualifiers at Wellington with the attitude of 'it'll be good experience for her' & came away with with a qualifying place at both the National 6 year old semi final held at Hartpury & the Hickstead International Final.
In July they finished 2nd in the semi final at Hartpury Qualifying for the Nationals in September & were then crowned International 6 year old Champions at Hickstead!
At the Stoneleigh in September they finished 7th in a hotly contested National 6 year old final.
Those are just a few of the highlights of an incredible 2019 for Olivia & Rocky so long may that continue for them & all her team in 2020.
Alison, Denver & Lizzie.
Alison & her two have had a fairly quiet year by comparison but both have made tremendous progress in 2019. Denver has been a little unlucky with a 'peculiar case' of laminitis keeping him off games for some of the summer followed by an abcess in the autumn meaning he missed his Petplan second rounds. Then just as we got him going again he developed another abcess, hardly surprising with how wet this winter has been but frustrating all the same. When he has been in work he has shown great progress with the grand prix movements so we are really hoping we get to have a go at an Inter II with him in 2020.
Lizzie has had some good results in riding club qualifiers this year but we made the decision early on just to educate her & build on her strength & confidence in 2019. In the last few months that decision has started to pay off, she's been feeling better than ever & is really starting to show what we have always known was in there. We have continued with her jumping as part of her training as it's something she really enjoys & also has a natural ability for it which in turn in doing Alison's confidence leaving the ground the world of good!
In 2020 we are aiming to compete her in medium/advanced medium classes at BD & see where we go from there.
Photos thanks to Gill Woodthorpe & Celia Cadwallader, Out & About Dressage.
Mandy & Ryan.
In a year that Mandy 'Retired' from work she's certainly found plenty to keep her occupied!
Mandy & Penny decided early in the year to forego the regionals with Ryan & go for Petplan & the Daught Horse Championships both of which they duly qualified for.
In the Petplan the second rounds didn't go quite as they'd have liked with top ten placings but not quite good enough for qualifying places. The Draught horse championships however went well with 4th in the medium & just being pipped to the title in the elementary where they finished 2nd.
They also had a great time at the BRC Dressage to Music Championships after qualifying from a wild card. An emotional Penny watched Mandy & Ryan finish 2nd in the Advanced medium & 4th overall at Bury Farm in September.
Mandy took on a new role at the BD Championships in September when she became Judges coordinator at the Nationals. Even though she was faced with some quite challenging situations at times she took it all in her stride relishing her new responsibilities & enjoying her new position.
Mandy & Penny's are hoping 2020 find Ryan ready to have a crack at a PSG after some good advanced medium results this year.
What's happening in 2020...
We will continue to run our unaffiliated dressage competitions but this year we won't resume those until March time as January & February are usually a battle with the weather that we don't often win!
We will continue with our monthly arena eventing clinics with Cheryl Bezants until the event season 'proper' starts in March but our monthly jumping clinics with Cheryl will continue to run throughout the year as will our Monthly Emily Harris dressage clinics. For those more established dressage folk we also have regular clinics with Irish International rider Roland Tong.
See our 'Clinics' pages if you are interested in any of the above clinics.
Olivia & Cheryl will continue to run their popular 'combined training' clinics & we are also planning some more 'introduction to dressage to music' clinics as well as some 'how to' showing clinics which should also start once the weather improves.
Hopefully we have something for everyone lined up for next year so will leave you with a couple of photos from our December arena eventing clinic thanks to Tlovellphotography & by saying Happy New Year to you all & we look forward to seeing you in 2020!