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  1. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend plans

    Nothing for us, watching it rain outside. Can't see the mountains today. Hoping we'll get some hacks in at some point... Can't travel outside our county for the next 2 wks so we'll enjoy being here :)
  2. ScampiBigMan

    Reilee at Kelsall Hill BE100, pics and vid

    I am a firm believer in ryhthym, line and balance for jumping - get those right & jumping happens much more easily & smoothly. Too easy to start overcomplicating things without getting the basiscs well established first. I know the feel I aim for before I move up a level & generally it is the SJ...
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    Reilee at Kelsall Hill BE100, pics and vid

    No problem, didn't take it that way. Thanks for the kind comments, is great when a round feels like that one - most do on these two horses as they are so willing and really want to learn during our training sessions at home, so at an event we are able just to execute. Took me a while to get...
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    Reilee at Kelsall Hill BE100, pics and vid

    He is indeed, Reilee is my 2nd orange horse & she looks a little like my first one in some of these pics. He is jumping v nicely there :)
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    Reilee at Kelsall Hill BE100, pics and vid

    Local lockdown not going down well round here due to the large size of our coounty and how all the N Wales counties fit together. Doesn't encourage staying local as much as a radius limit would. Plus the discrepancy with English local lockdown rules... Yes, they're both great (& share the same...
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    Reilee at Kelsall Hill BE100, pics and vid

    We are locked down in our home county from 6pm today so glad we got a good few outings in whilst we could and lovely to have videos and photos to enjoy. Off to take Reilee up the mountain now before the rain returns tomorrow!
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    Reilee at Kelsall Hill BE100, pics and vid

    In the spirit of fairness, Nix got her own thread so thought Reilee should too as her photos are lovely too. XC vid with some extra scenery included ;) Reilee Kelsall BE100 XC Great pics taken by Matt Nuttall photography (I have many more than this...(!)). Continued with more pics in next post...
  8. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend plans!

    Have used both activation bands in lessons with Di Breeze. Got more benefit with the longer band from shoulder to opposite heel and did encourage me to stretch my left side and keep it stretched. Nix is q expressive in her dressage lessons (as in everything) so Di does tend to remove the bands...
  9. ScampiBigMan

    Nix at Frickley BE Novice, Photos & Vids

    Thanks very much for all the lovely comments, was a great day Nix the next day, enjoying the sun, warmth and mutual grooming
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    Nix at Frickley BE Novice, Photos & Vids

    Took a while to get the pro photos through as they had to process all orders online after the event so thought would post separately. Had a fantastic and lovely day out at Frickley BE Novice last Sunday. We would have been top ten without my navigation error XC and all three phases felt very...
  11. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend plans!

    Kelsall BE100 tomorrow with Reilee. Jumped her Thursday and her confidence and jumping appear to be intact after Stafford. Got a little feisty when put the fences up a bit (it was a bit cold(!)) Reilee practising Didn't get into the Novice yesterday with Nix but happy to have done Frickley...
  12. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend plans for 18th & 19th +/-

    thanks for the tips! Yes - I have v much wanted to see all foal photos - particularly the lovely Hera!
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    Weekend plans for 18th & 19th +/-

    You're probably right but I q enjoy doing a longer ride - with some jumps if they are ok as a bit of fun. Not got enough variety in terms of size and question type for me to use for XC schooling when can go to Kelsall (for newbies) & Somerford (when heading towards Novice & beyond)
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    Weekend plans for 18th & 19th +/-

    Could be that for me too - I opted for a Firefox based FB protection a couple of wks ago. Am ok if there is a link to it but not if embedded - I think
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    Weekend plans for 18th & 19th +/-

    For some reason I have stopped being able to see some of the pics posted on here - all of the above fall into that category(!) I didn't find it v flowing around there whenever did fun rides as the fences seemed to be clustered with long stretches of nothing in between so not very like a XC at...
  16. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend plans for 18th & 19th +/-

    If you want some more XC practice, (on their Facebook page) Kelsall have said that the BE course will be available for schooling for a few days after this weekend's event. I have used this facility at Kelsall several times, incl. both Nix & Reilee to judge whether they were ready to go BE. Like...
  17. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend plans for 18th & 19th +/-

    We had a fantastic day out at Frickley yesterday in the Novice. Haven't been there since their very first BE event many years ago. What a lovely event! Everyone was so friendly and positive, stewards, volunteers and fellow competitors. Was incredibly well organised. We had two groups from other...
  18. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend plans for 18th & 19th +/-

    Good luck and have fun to everyone out and about this weekend Schooled Nix last night before Frickley on Sun. Really pleased with her and that I seem to still be able to ride over fences after last weekend at Stafford wth Reilee. She is so much fun, was really rideable and relaxed. Always makes...
  19. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend Plans

    A photo of last night's sunset because it was rather wonderful, with Nix's ears bottom right. Can see Snowdonia in the distance beyond the wind turbines
  20. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend Plans

    Great to see so many lovely pictures and videos. HP - particularly pleased that you nailed it at Llany :) We did the BE100 at Stafford yesterday. Reilee was a star, the ground and weather were amazing. I, as usual, struggled to function consistently after a 4am start(!) Anyhow, need to move on...
  21. ScampiBigMan

    Early September Weekend Plans :)

    She has always known this, & brilliant & clever etc.etc.etc - poor Reilee has had to admire her for 5 yrs now... She was on her post XC high when you saw us - it lasts quite a while... Skylla looked v up for it when we saw you so am sure that it will click (back) into place with some more...
  22. ScampiBigMan

    Early September Weekend Plans :)

    You did look a little distracted and preoccupied so thought was best to leave you both to it ;) I like having things happen practising /training as gives us another chance to learn and improve - took me a while to really figure this out I did walk /trot round the Novice course on Nix so knew...
  23. ScampiBigMan

    Early September Weekend Plans :)

    Had a great time flyng round a (shortened, simplified due to the flooding) version of the Llany Novice track on Sat with Nix; sun was shining, ground was good, Nix was delighted to just do XC without dressage & SJ. She was looking for the rest of the course at the end though...(!) Good to see...
  24. ScampiBigMan

    Early September Weekend Plans :)

    Thinking of taking Nix to Llany to run round the Novice XC on Sat as otherwise will be a long gap between Cholmondeley at start of August until Frickley in another couple of wks. Was thinking of taking Reilee to a fun ride on Sun but decided against it after reading their T&Cs. Dislike...
  25. ScampiBigMan

    Studs?

    Yep SupaStuds and travel studs here for many years & always tap the holes before put the travel studs in to make sure have a good thread the next day. Is just the first few turns that get worn on the thread in between studding. Also, after trying many different ways to keep holes clean in...
  26. ScampiBigMan

    August Bank Holiday weekend plans

    Took a while to set up! Hence wanting to use it a few times before moving again. Got a dry window last night so had a first go with Reilee. She jumped from and back onto the square well on both reins so was pleased with her. Nix jumped into the arena (rug on and all) last night (down the...
  27. ScampiBigMan

    August Bank Holiday weekend plans

    More practising at home and hacking for us after Llany was flooded. Terrible for them. Working on rideability exercises using this: Is a variation on a Caroline Moore exercise using a square of poles and fences. Played with it a couple of days ago with Nix, have not wanted to get wet again...
  28. ScampiBigMan

    Eventing Kelsall questions

    Generally still good to ride round even after lots of rain, done BE90 to Novice multiple times in Sept. Has been wet a few times. The SJ arena did used to cut-up and ride a little heavy after lots of rain (as did the dressage but less consequences there) so good that it will be in the arena as...
  29. ScampiBigMan

    Tuffy Tilly Clinic report!

    Great to read your report and glad you've got good support and a plan. Never bad to take time to make sure you've got things right before moving forwards again. Takes the pressure off for the time being which think will benefit both of you. She looks much more fluent and rhythmical (as she did...
  30. ScampiBigMan

    Weekend Plans!

    I agree that it is a big step forward for BE to be stepping in and ensuring people do not just carry on at a level they are clearly struggling at. It is a backstop and considering the risks, one is needed. Baby greenness gets caught by the rules too as they are broadbrush but that should...
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