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  1. Sarah_Jane

    At last a competition report (or 2) and an introduction

    Regulars will be aware I have been struggling with an old hip injury and subsequent back problems which meant riding was becoming more and more painful. I had a hip arthroscopy in January and riding for 6 weeks after was difficult and I was confined to gentle hacking. With a combination of...
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    Moreton Cancelled due to weather

    Sadly that is the first event gone already. Hope this weather changes soon. BE statement Due to the prolonged wet weather the organiser of Moreton Horse Trials, scheduled to run on 1st & 2nd March, has unfortunately been unable to progress both preparation and build of the cross country...
  3. Sarah_Jane

    A quick update and a request

    Well it has been a while since I posted and if you remember at the back end of last season I was waiting for a hip operation and hoping to find a new horse. Pip is still going strong, but the new horse is on the backburner although there is a trip booked to Goresbridge in March! Sarnie has...
  4. Sarah_Jane

    Selling a dressage saddle

    I have a good make second hand dressage saddle worth over 1k to sell. I have advertised on FB and Twitter but probably need to formally advertise. Where would people recommend? Horsequest? Am I better waiting another month or doing it now?
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    2013 Review - Eventing, retirement, success and failures

    Ok so perhaps this is a bit of a cheat but with the limit on pictures and videos in a post on here it is easier to link you to my website review of the year. http://www.shoestringeventing.co.uk/2013review.html It certainly been an interesting year and a very sad one with Sarnie's...
  6. Sarah_Jane

    Before and after with a difference - Sarnita

    Ok it is just a good excuse to put some pictures up of my favourite horse. My horse of a lifetime that for the ten years I have owner her has been a total diva, very demanding and never ever spent a night outside! BEFORE AFTER She has been totally out since mid summer and very...
  7. Sarah_Jane

    Dauntsey Intermediate - Not quite how I hoped to finish

    It seems strange to be talking about the final event of the season but our season has now finished and not quite in the style I had hoped. Maybe that is a reflection on the year where we have had mixed fortunes but undeniably made huge steps forward. Dauntsey is always a bit of a holiday too...
  8. Sarah_Jane

    Pip at Gatcombe CIC** - Avoiding the carnage (or not!)

    It had always been in my mind this season to get a CCI*and CIC** under our belts this year. With a successful Blair the next target was Gatcombe CIC**. Due to weather issues we only had 3 intermediates behind us but they were not soft courses and lets face it Gatcombe has always been a softer 2...
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    Pip goes 3 day - Blair CCI*

    Where do I start? I guess at the beginning but it has been such an up and down 10 days :confused: Everyone has always told me what a lovely event Blair is but living in Cornwall it was about as far as you can get! We left Cornwall on the Friday with a stop off planned near Manchester and...
  10. Sarah_Jane

    Aston Intermediate - Also thoughts re a travelling issue

    Well in light of other HHO reports we did not avoid the excitement on the way to the event. First off whilst stuck in a jam on the M5 Smartie dog decided to eat a wasp - I told him not to! He then proceeded to vigorously try and spit it out :( Wasp out and I thought he had got away with it...
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    Retiring Sarnita - a tribute

    You may remember I posted about Sarnita winning the Open Area HT qualifier a month back but saying she didn't feel her normal self? Bloods came back clear and although sound she is just not tracking up. Possibly having her SI joint and hocks injected again would help but that was only done 5...
  12. Sarah_Jane

    Dazzling Dauntsey - Volunteering and Riding

    It has been a little up and down since my last report where I was so pleased with our intermediate outing at Salperton. Next we headed for the Intermediate at Tweseldown but only did the dressage (34.something) as the ground varied between concrete like, hard and then the odd soft patch. Shame...
  13. Sarah_Jane

    Quick jumping lesson report

    As promised another lesson report. This time it was a jumping session with Caroline Creighton. I have actually cut the video down quite significantly as what we did was quite repetitive. The main objectives for the session was to improve the rhythm of the canter so it was flowing more forward...
  14. Sarah_Jane

    Stallion thoughts - Breeding from an advanced event mare

    Whilst I realise it may be ideally on the late side this year we have come to the decision to retire my event mare who has 92 points and jumped clear at advanced with an amateur. She is KWPN by Kingston with Emilion on the damn side. Her damn has recently been graded as an elite damn in...
  15. Sarah_Jane

    Sarnies eventing comeback - good on paper but......

    How often do we here not a great day on paper but it was the performance that counted :D . In a lot of ways for me this was the other way around! :( We were representing our riding club Cornwall Trec at the Area Horse Trials in the Open section which runs now as a BE100+. This was to be...
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    Trying to avoid the Salperton carnage - Intermediate Report

    Who had the silly idea of entering Salperton as their second Intermediate? :rolleyes: I did discuss entering with my trainer (books say not a first timer course - well it was second intermediate :eek: ) Caroline said enter as she remembered there being alternatives for the tougher fences...
  17. Sarah_Jane

    In response to Table Dancer - Show Jump Lesson today

    Ok at TD's request here is a report of our lesson this afternoon. To give you some background this has never been Pip's easy phase and we have recently taken the step up to jumping Intermediates eventing and Foxhunter show jumping. For me this is stepping out of my comfort zone particularly...
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    Pip's first Intermediate

    I have been planning Pip's first intermediate for the past 6 months and we have already had two false starts this season when Gatcombe was a wash out and she overrreached before Bicton. So Pontispool intermediate was our third attempt this year and I was starting to think I was cursed :rolleyes...
  19. Sarah_Jane

    Finally eventing again - West Buckland Novice

    Having started our season early this year at Moreton on the first weekend of the season I didn't expect to only be writing my second report this weekend :( Firstly cancellations at Aldon and Gatcombe and then an overreach injury xc schooling has set us back. Indeed the entry to West Buckland was...
  20. Sarah_Jane

    XC schooling, an injury & a question re overreach boots?

    Managed to get out to our first cross country schooling in the form of a clinic at Pontispool with Caroline Creighton. Although Pip has run once successfully at novice we are now aiming at our first intermediate and need all the help we can get :cool: We were in the first group at 9.30am so we...
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    Eventing woes lead to BS / BD success including a comeback

    Like many others I have been frustrated by the great British weather. My eventing focus was Pip's first intermediate at Gatcombe with warm up runs at Moreton and Aldon. I realised Moreton may be risky but in fact it had great weather and going, Aldon however was cancelled 45 minutes before we...
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    Moreton - Starting the season despite lacking preparation!

    My first visit to Moreton and I will definitely be going back again, a super friendly event with great courses, ideal for the start of the season. I went feeling very under prepared, the previous weeks win at BD although great was no substitute for some decent cross country schooling! :rolleyes...
  23. Sarah_Jane

    She's back - Sarnie's first comp for 18 months

    Sarnie has done very work, leave alone competing since May 2011 when she fell in the 3* at Houghton possibly fracturing her sternum! She was just back in full work from this when I broke my hip, then she had the keratoma which resulted in 9 months off and she started work again in September...
  24. Sarah_Jane

    A small plea for some votes from my competition friends (ESMA awards)

    We have been shortlisted in the 2013 Equestrian Social Media Awards in the amateur rider category. Hot competition this year as there is a training holiday in Portugal to the winner! Sounds great but realistically as a true amateur with all my resources going into the horses I doubt I could...
  25. Sarah_Jane

    Never has a wet dressage lesson made me so happy!

    Lets face it a dressage lesson in the wet is not the thing that would usually leave me grinning for the rest of the day! :D This week Robert Pickles was doing his clinic with the Cornish Dressage Group, Thursday we had a good session with Pips and today I decided to take Sarnie. Most of you...
  26. Sarah_Jane

    4 for 1 A picture in H&H, a mechanical horse and an Impy and Sarnie update!

    Let me start by saying I still feel have no aptitude for dressage and my inadequacies in this phase frustrates enormously! :o On the plus side I have a horse who moves well and if I don't cock it up, she can do quite well in this phase. We have now done 3 BD competitions and had 2 mentions with...
  27. Sarah_Jane

    Lovely Larkhill (Pip Novice) & at other end of spectrum Impy's first XC!

    Sadly just as we really have got going the season is over. :( I must admit I wasn't inspired by the thought of Larkhill this year, I guess for me it just lacks a bit of character. By the time I left I had enjoyed it the most of any event we have done this year. A good performance always helps...
  28. Sarah_Jane

    2 for 1 - Gatcombe and Dauntsey with an Impy and Sarnie update also thrown in!

    I am a bit behind so prepare for a mamouth post! Having 3 to ride (4 for a while) as well as a full time job is rather time consuming and when I am not busy I am knackered! ;);) Firstly Pippa at Gatcombe (that seems ages ago!). I thought on the day she wasn't 100% in herself and I am pretty...
  29. Sarah_Jane

    Coloured horses - white ear colour

    A friend of mine has a skewbald horse with white ears. She has recently been told this is very unusual and indeed looking at pictures of coloured horses online all appear to be black or bay ears! So how unusual is it? Anyone else got a coloured with white ears?
  30. Sarah_Jane

    Great time at Goring and some new faces!

    Another short trip :o to Goring for the Novice with Pippa. The weekend did not get off to the best start with the realisation on Friday night that after using the lorry mid week I must have left the lights on and we had a totally flat lorry battery. A panicked call to the mechanic (we were...
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