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March.

Woodington Winners

Well done to everyone who braved the elements for our show last month, the 'March winds'certainly made their presence felt! Our Intro C winner was Sammy Hartnett  & Emerald Princess, in Prelim 7 Millie-Mae Barney & Garrybritt Calvin took the honours & in Novice 24 it was Karen Morton & Gem  who headed affairs, congratulations to them all.

Olivia   & Rocky

 

This time last year Olivia was gearing up for the London Marathon, this year her &  Rocky  are as I type on their way to Hartpury for the British Dressage Winter Championships. We wish them the very best of luck on Friday when they trot down the centre line at 10:40 in a seriously hot class that's a bit of a who's who of    British Dressage    with Charlotte Dujardin & Alice Oppenheimer amongst others on the start list! Keep an eye  on Facebook if you want to know how they get on.

With the Championships in mind Olivia & Rocky have been training hard,  extra sessions with Roland  Tong to make sure they  don't  throw away a single mark & some jumping with Cheryl Bezants  to  give them something else to think about. 

We also welcomed Olivia's mare Honesty to the yard,  she has taken some time out to breed a very smart foal & will quietly return to ridden work over the  coming weeks.

Photos - Alison Jenden

Mandy & Ryan

Mandy has had a busy month judging at Moreton & Portman,  scoring  at Wellington  & Sparsholt but she did find time to compete Ryan at Moreton once she'd taken off her judges hat. Their decision to try to qualify for the Draught Horse Championships at elementary paid off when they won both silver sections qualifying in one hit!

Mandy has also had Emma Hill's Rambo to play with, a giant standing over 18 hands  but having evented at intermediate level Mandy has had fun jumping him. Undeterred by her sore ribs, sustained in a fall not from a horse but from the muck trailer ramp, she rode    both Rambo    & Ryan in the arena eventing clinic with Cheryl Bezants.

Photos - thanks to tlovellphotography  

Alison, Denver & Lizzie

Alison & Denver   went to a wet & windy Sparsholt this month for their BD show to have another run out at PSG music &  Inter I. With Denver undeterred by the weather Alison was pleased with both tests,    she felt it was the first time they have maintained the balance in  the canter work meaning that though there were a few small mistakes they were much easier to recover from. A little disappointed with their score in the PSG, 63% was still good enough to win the Bronze section. In the Inter I they  again    scored 63%, good enough for 2nd in the Bronze section.

Lizzie had a less than ideal preparation for the  riding club intermediate  area dressage qualifier when she had a 'mishap' in her stable the previous week, horses!!    A few days off & a few easy days then the decision to take her on Saturday was made on Thursday  & in the elementary   her lack of preparation didn't show. She did a lovely test with just a couple of moments of tension in the canter work, she finished out of the placings but Alison was pleased with her. In the medium however the lack of work did show! She added a few interesting movements of her own   to the test prompting Heather's first comment to  Alison  when they finished to be "Well sat"!  

Lizzie showed the following week that she was back to her best in the arena eventing clinic with Cheryl Bezants. 

They tackled everything with confidence & they are even thinking it may be time to go cross country schooling...watch this space!

Photos - thanks to tlovellphotography 

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