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    Brand Hall BE90 Event Report

    Well done, video looks really great. Annoying about the 20 but is good to be reminded of the need not to take too much for granted - can be hard when they do it so well and easily We swerved Brand Hall with both this year for different reasons Completely appreciate what you mean about the...
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    Clinic report: Cudo with Richard Spooner

    Another one to say thanks very much for posting and linking the videos :). Not had a chance to watch all of them yet but since watching, have been applying some of the tips with my two over the past few days and trying to be very clear and consistent asking for flexing through the body in both...
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    Somerford BE90: Survived. Just!

    Agree very much about avoiding 'a bitting arms race' as can become self fulfilling and totally understand that she is responsive everywhere except on occasions during competitions. Have two like this but with them it is SJ rather than XC, their canter strides are so long, they have had to learn...
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    Somerford BE90: Survived. Just!

    I would expect that was very easy to do, I had Reilee back and she still found it tight - it felt like an acute angled turn when riding it which it didn't walk - so felt was almost having to turn back quite tightly on ourselves and the fence was v soon after the turn. R is one for 'daydreaming'...
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    Somerford BE90: Survived. Just!

    Somerford Farm Ride (Winter and Summer) has lots of decent hills up and down - you could do interval training around it. and ignore the fences or incorporate as you wished. Broxton Hall gallops (Cheshire) is on a good size hill and is purpose built for interval training, it has uphill and...
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    Somerford BE90: Survived. Just!

    Thanks very much, our dressage mark deteriorated by 8.5 marks from Kelsall - felt better but watching the video back can see where need to improve and there was a v delayed right canter. I don't actually ride in dressage tests the way I do SJ and XC. The warm-up was good and the underlying work...
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    Somerford BE90: Survived. Just!

    Well done. We're there tomorrow. I find doing interval training up and down hill really helps them learn to balance in canter and faster and gives opportunity for practising going forward and back with gradually quieter aids. Downhill it is natural for them to get on their heads a bit until...
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    Its GRIM at Bradwall...

    Text at 4:30 that abandoned today. Really sorry for the Bradwall team. V grateful for such an early decision and text. Llanymynech for us next with P then Somerford with R.
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    Its GRIM at Bradwall...

    Good to know she is happy to dressage and SJ on sticky /slippy ground - some really don't like it. Well done both of you for giving it a damned good go in terrible conditions It's tough to enjoy eventing in that weather, it was bad enough going out for a hack in all our waterproof gear. & well...
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    Its GRIM at Bradwall...

    Would see how the dressage goes and probably the SJ If any doubt at any point that could be a negative rather than a positive experience, then withdraw and go home If do SJ and XC - just remember to make sure she has plenty of impulsion at every fence as sticky ground will make everything that...
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    Eventing - & lots of sun at Kelsall Hill

    Thanks v much, yes have not ridden any other horse q like Phoenix - she has taught me a great deal It is good to have to switch between the two as well as they have to be ridden quite differently Thank you - got to enjoy it when things go well:)
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    Eventing - & lots of sun at Kelsall Hill

    Yep, Reilee is a dude - has been ever since she was born according to her breeder and certainly all the time we've had her since a yearling. She rarely has her eyes more than half open and will lie down and sleep at every opportunity. Phoenix is Tigger and like a 17.2hh JA pony to SJ. Always...
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    Eventing - & lots of sun at Kelsall Hill

    Thought would do a report as I so enjoy reading other people’s After (finally) XC schooling at Somerford last week, it was the first event of the season for Reilee and Phoenix last weekend at Kelsall Hill. Reilee in the BE90 on Friday and Phoenix in the BE Novice on Sunday. Amazing weather...
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    Weekend plans!

    Lovely to have so much sunshine even if the wind is a little chilly! We finally got out XC schooling on Thursday with both horses. Weather, ground and horses were all great. Good preparation for first events next week. Some videos below courtesy of wonderful and (v) long suuffering OH, Reilee...
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    Eland Lodge BE90 Comp Report

    Awesome. No better feeling when all starts to feel so good & easy. Well done both of you, great day :)
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