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  1. madhector

    Blue chip sponsorship....

    Please please can people take the time to vote for me and Fitz.... Really would mean a lot to me :) http://www.bluechipfeed.com/giveaways/contestant-one/?lucky=560 Thanks 😊
  2. madhector

    Fitz dabbles at medium, with photos and video

    Took Fitzroy out for his first attempt at medium today, he has only had 2 outings at elementary and qualified for the summers straight away so thought we would try and make a start on his medium qualification. He is coming 6 now and just beginning to understand the idea of compressing the...
  3. madhector

    ****Weekend Plans****

    Finally the sun is out and we reached the heady hrights of *drum roll* 11.5C up Norf, today! :cool: All quiet here this weekend with both boys staying home to polish their moves ready to upgrade to Medium and PSG and Cob off to the gallops on Sun for fitness work. Enjoy! MH & F514 :)
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    Fitz qualifies for the summers at Elem open....Vale View report

    Took Fitz to Vale View to see if we could finish off his summer qualification at Elementary. It was a lovely sunny day, and Fitz felt fab. Warmed up bit flat for the first test and in putting in the energy the trot felt a bit fragile, but we went in and did a clear round, with no spooks and no...
  5. madhector

    Chunks medium regional report, spooks and all!

    Well today was Chunky's turn, after a very early start we arrived in plenty of time for a nice productive warm up. He felt really good by the time we went in and was looking forward to a really fun test! Chunky however had other ideas and pretended he was the green baby and went in and spooked...
  6. madhector

    Bishop Burton Novice Open Regionals, report, photos and vid

    Long long weekend, am glad to be home and warm! Went up saturday afternoon even though Fitz was the last one in the novice open at half 5 on sunday, as we wanted to do the arena walk in the morning. It was freezing cold and dark when I got on and the arena walk was exciting in places but...
  7. madhector

    Fitz does elementary vale view stylee

    After a disasterous run at Bishop Burton 2 weeks ago, we all thought it would be a good idea if Fitz had another pre regional outing.... so off we went to VV, with the idea of doing 3 test to really get to grips with the spooking. Epic drive which took longer than it should and so only had...
  8. madhector

    A little video update on the two boys

    Since everyone always asks to see videos of Fitz rather than pics, thought should post these as a little update for you. Fitz is going really well and has the the most amazing talant for the piaffe, and the canter is finally getting controlled and together,he is just starting baby halfpasses...
  9. madhector

    Winter Regional qualification - done. BD report plus pics

    Well Chunks had one last outing to get his last 2 points for the winters at Medium, he has only been out twice as been busy with Fitz. Took him to Vale View, and the weather didnt look good on the way down, but by the time we got there it was lovely and sunny, if still a bit windy. Warmed up...
  10. madhector

    Superstar Burgie's BD report plus pics

    We took Fitz (Burgie to his close friends) out today to do another couple of novices in hope of finishing off his winter qualification at Novice open. Only needed 3 more points in a qualifier but he has been rather full of himself lately, and not very cooperative at the last outing we had, ended...
  11. madhector

    3am starts - Fitz's area festival report

    Well, after leaping out of bed at 3am this morning and returning to the house at 8pm this evening, I am very glad to be home! The longest day ever, with one very giddy Fitz in the warm up for the first test, ended up working him in for an hour as didnt think was ever going to get to the...
  12. madhector

    Another BD report from Fitz and Co.

    Took Fitz out again today to try and get a few more points toward his winter qualification at Novice. He has been a little on the wild side this week, and we have lost a bit of the nice calm controlled Fitz and gained a rather piaffey bouncy one instead. So not too confident about today, but all...
  13. madhector

    Fitz and Chunks winning up Norf

    Today was Fitz and Chunks first comp since moving up here and the start of our winter regional qualification mission for Fitz at Novice and Chunks at Medium. So off we went to Aldham Mill (along with most of our yard!). Fitz has really improved in the 3 weeks we have been here thanks to some...
  14. madhector

    ****Weekend plans****

    Well, as I am off work still and seem to be acting as Ferdinase's PA, I thought I had better do the weekend plans post.... Busy one for us as we start the MOVE.... Bit more packing to do today, then teaching tonight Friday we will be loading up the trailer with all our belongings and...
  15. madhector

    ****Weekend Plans****

    Lovely and sunny here :) Sat: Lesson on Cob @ Queach Sun: Judging @ ***** Mon: Teaching Enjoy :) F514 (Masquerading as MH as cant be bothered to log off and in again)
  16. madhector

    Baby TBs first show and some very very exciting news....

    We took a clients horse for its first outing yesterday, she is a 5yr old TB who has been with us since she was 3, when she retired from racing. Her owner wanted her taken very slowly and so she came to us to start her alternative career. She was a star at the show and behaved perfectly in the...
  17. madhector

    Which picture should I buy?!

    Cant decide which picture to buy of Fitz from the Premier League show at Sheepgate, have narrowed it down to these 2, but need help deciding which one to go for...
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    Fitz's Sheepgate Premier League report

    Very busy weekend for us! Started on friday, we took Fitz to manor farm for our second lesson with David Hunt, so so good. The man is a genius. Very very excited to be able to train regularly with him. Then on saturday we ended up with another pony, thanks to a spur of the moment trip to...
  19. madhector

    Introducing The Latest Arrival @ Darling Dressage

    Meet DD Merribridge Frenchman - Leroy to his mates :) Not too keen on leaving the truck (after loading perfectly!). Only arrived this afternoon, so not many pictures of him yet, but he is a sweetie. 4 yr old, 11hh Reg. part bred Dartmoor, barely handled but with a super brain and...
  20. madhector

    Fitz's second BD outing at Novice

    Took Fitz to Easton collage today to do 2 novices, he was quite on edge to get ready and very bouncy in the warm up, so I mainly spent the time trying to wear him out. He settled down and worked nicely. Went in and did a very sensible test, just a bit tense in the walk but otherwise ok, halts...
  21. madhector

    Fitz schooling in the sunshine...

    My cart horse has been progressing nicely, he went to the BD camp at Addington and was very good, did a Novice and scored 70% so was thilled with him, aim is to try out for the Home Internationals. He is entered for a couple of Novices next weekend, and then plan to do another 5yr old class...
  22. madhector

    *** Weekend Plans***

    It's my Birthday tomorrow, so am day off McCoul. Shall mostly be mucking out though as we still cant turnout due to weather :( Fr eve/Sat/Sun: BD Central Camp@ Addington with MH (OH), Fitzenburger (OH's pony), Baxter & The Albradore (Dags). Looking forward to seeing lots of my fave people...
  23. madhector

    Fix up, Look Sharp's Novice BD debut

    Fitz had his first novice outing at the weekend, was a very good boy and didnt really put a foot wrong, only problem being the size of his canter in a 20x40 arena.... He managed to get through both tests though and came second in the open section, still lots to work on like getting the canter a...
  24. madhector

    Dog with problems....help!

    I have an 9 month old English Bull Terrier, He is a lovely dog but we have some problems that I am not really sure what to do about. Always had collies before and this is completly different! First thing was he was so smelly, and windy. Tried him on all sorts of foods but not difference. Now...
  25. madhector

    Lesson and BD report - Fitz, Chunks and Squeezy....

    Busy weekend here, everyone had an outing. Fitz had a lesson with hannah and Chunks and Squeezy went to Earlsway. Link to my blog here... http://www.darlingdressage.co.uk/#/news/4562100538 Thanks for reading :)
  26. madhector

    Chunks and Squeeze - Bucking, bolting and BD!

    Took Chunks and Squeeze out today in the rain. Squeezy was doing his first proper elementary. He was bit wild and rude in the first test (elementary 44) and came 3rd, but got after him a bit in the warmup for the second test (elementary 50) and he was much better but still came 3rd but much...
  27. madhector

    Oh dear, I seem to have been Showjumping - with pics and video

    Well after giving Squeezy (Catherston Nutcracker) a jump yesterday we decided it was time to go showjumping again, having not been out in over a year (been just doing pure dressage). So we took him out today to jump round the 70cm and 80cm, however we missed to 70cm so entered to 80 and 90...
  28. madhector

    A trip over to the otherside.... with photo evidence....

    Well, as most of you know I gave up eventing last year and moved firmly over to the dark side of pure dressage. But along came Squeeezal.... a 11yr old 14.1hh pony out of Catherston Nutsafe, done nothing competitive but trained to medium, meant to be a bit of fun to do some dressage on but we...
  29. madhector

    What a difference a year makes...!

    This was Chunky last year at the Regionals competing at Elementary.... http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150157646184808&set=t.855640250&type=3 And this was him this year competing at medium...
  30. madhector

    Willerby Regionals report with video

    Chunks qualified at Medium for the regionals, so we decided to enter Willerby and head up to Hannah Moody's for a lesson the day before in preperation. Had a fantastic lesson, she has helped me completly change his way of going and we have managed to get him so much more up and light. It is like...
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