We unfortunately had to cancel the Intro this month due to the arenas being a little hard after an overnight frost. The Prelim & Novice however went ahead with wins for Tamzin Corbett & Minnie in Prelim section A while Sarah Gormely & Monty won both section B & the Novice with some whopping scores! Well done to them & well done to everyone who braved the cold to come along.
Olivia & Rocky
Olivia had a very successful month with Rocky! When the show they were originally heading to at Parwood was cancelled a quick phone call to Half Moon stud meant they were able to re-route there for a pre-regional outing. They were on fine form winning both their classes, the elementary with 70% & Rocky's first medium with 66.76%. The following week it was regional championship time, Rocky's first regional & her first stay away show but again they didn't disappoint! Their novice test in the gold championship at Merrist Wood was beautiful scoring them a well deserved 72% which gave them 2nd place qualifying for the winter championships in April! In the elementary gold championship Rocky just ran out of petrol a little forcing a few tiny errors. They finished just out of the placings with a great score of 68.59%. Olivia was thrilled with her little mare & we are all looking forward to Rocky's winter championship debut.
Alison & Lizzie
Lizzie continues to make great progress both on the flat & jumping, she may be rising 7 but she is still growing & so we are in no hurry to do too much with her.
She does love her jumping though & her bold attitude is doing wonders for Alison's confidence so it's something we are keen to continue with.
Lizzie's outing this month was the riding club area show jumping held at Moreton Equestrian Centre. Originally meant to be part of a 90/95 team, come competition day they were down to two individuals due to people dropping out. Lizzie was a little green at times in the first round & just picked up 4 faults but they produced a beautiful clear round in the 95.
Alison & Lizzie also had a lovely time in our Cheryl Bezants arena eventing clinic this month, making light work of all the angles, skinnies & corners!
Alison & Denver
Alison & Denver would normally be heading to regionals at this time of year but even though they were qualified at advanced medium she & Heather made the decision to give them a miss this time with PSG, Inter I Petplan & training towards Inter II being the main aims for this year.
With this in mind they went to Sparsholt again this month for a PSG & a PSG music. Unfortunately there was a gremlin in the sound system which meant the music kept stopping which did affect the flow of things as Alison had to keep 'padding' the test while she waited for the music to catch up with her! Denver though was super & the work was good. They scored 63% & were the only ones in the bronze section. In the straight PSG Alison was hoping for a slightly better score after another good test from Denver but it was a pretty high powered class so was happy enough with 62% & 2nd in the bronze section.
Mandy & Ryan
Mandy & Penny also made the decision to give regionals a miss this year aiming instead for medium & advanced medium Petplan & the Draught Horse championships.
After a busy month or so February was a fairly quiet time for Ryan with Mandy & Penny using the time to train instead.
Our Cheryl Bezants arena eventing /jumping clinics continue to be very popular as do our Emily Harris dressage clinics. Keep an eye on the diary page for more dates.
Photos thanks to Tlovellphotography