Show Jumping Lesson with Fred Bergendorff @ Mount Pleasant Farm

Fred Bergendorff was at the yard teaching Ibby Show Jumping on all her horses, Grace was going to have a lesson and Fred said to join in – so I had a joint lesson with Grace. We did trot serpentines to warm up – thinking about rhythm, balance and suppleness and working evenly on both reins.  Then…

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BE100 Eventer’s Challenge @ Aston-le-Walls

SJ Jump Pens: 0 XC Jump Pens: 0 Total Penalties: Placing: 0 1st SJ Time Pens: 0 XC Time Pens: 0 XCT Optimum: x:xx XCT Actual: 3:49 Called Tissie this morning to see if we could get a late entry to the BE100 class in this weekend’s Eventer’s Challenge at Aston-le-Walls.  We got to Washbrook…

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BE100 Horse Trials @ Norton Disney

Dressage Test BE102 (2010) XC Jump Pens: 0 Total Penalties: 33.3 Judge: V Hayton XC Time Pens: 0 Dressage Score: 33.3 XC Distance: 2166 SJ Jump Pens: 0 XCT Optimum: 4:34 Placing: 5th SJ Time Pens: 0 XCT Actual: 4:30 Early start today; up at 4.30.  We stopped on the way for breakfast and arrived…

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Jumping Lesson with Nigel Taylor @ Washbrook Farm

Aston-le-Walls is such a great venue now, so many alternatives of SJ and XC fences – in the huge all weather arenas and XC on grass. We started in the new all weather arena, working over the show jumps, Nigel was pleased with us today – he was encouraging me to fold even less now –…

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Schoolmaster Lesson on Taylor @ CMC Equines (#2)

Spent most of the lesson in sitting trot, practising more of the same from the last lesson – getting myself clear on the aids for the various movements.

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Schoolmaster Lesson on Taylor @ CMC Equines (#1)

A really interesting session today – I got to sample a number of advanced movements including: Shoulder-In; Travers; Half-Pass; Piaffe; Passage; Passage Half-Pass; Flying Changes and Canter Half-Pass I wanted to really concentrate on getting the feeling of true Shoulder-In, Travers (Claire believes the Travers will really open a door for Finn’s progress), and Flying…

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Jumping Lesson with Sarah Stretton @ Princethorpe

Sarah Stretton was recommended by Helena Bevin (whom I met hunting with the Pytchley last season).  I’m of the view that I can learn from a range of trainers, so was interested to see what I could get from Sarah.  She events at 3* and 4* and has completed Badminton, Burghley, Bramham and Gatcombe to mention a…

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Novice Dressage @ Weston Lawns Equestrian

Venue: Weston Lawns Equestrian Discipline: Dressage Test: Novice 24 Judge Richard Baldwin Percentage: 65.38% Place: 2nd Our first time visiting Weston Lawns, it was only about half an hour from home so a good place to go to.  Chris met me there as he wanted to be there for our first Novice Dressage competition.  He came…

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Dressage Lesson with Claire McCormick @ CMC Equines (ELS #3)

Preparing for Novice Dressage Today we worked on: Medium Trot Free Walk on a Long Rein Re-taking the rein after FWLR We had a good work in today with Finn being very cooperative.  The canter left was rather ragged so we worked her on a circle and really got her to come through from behind…

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