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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Dressage Competition Report - 18.11.2018

As you'll have read, we've stepped up to Novice recently & my main aim before the end of the November was to achieve three 62%+ scores to make sure we have our 2019 PetPlan Area Festival qualification. We already had two scores from our dressage competition at Todburn the week before, so we needed one final score to be qualified. I'm SUPER pleased to say we got it, so why did we leave at the end of the day feeling a little glum?

As well as a competition report, this post will demonstrate how important it is to reflect, take the positives and use a not so good day to create a plan to produce good days!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Equestrian Christmas Stocking Fillers Guide 2018

It's that time of year again when we're all starting to think we should have started our Christmas shopping a few weeks ago. But panic not...there is still plenty of time to make sure you get that perfect gift for equestrian friends & family. Take a flick through my 2018 gift guide to find those perfect Christmas stocking fillers!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Dressage Competition Report - 11.11.2018

After a good result at Alnwick Ford Equestrian on Wednesday, I changed my prelim entries at Todburn today to two Novices, setting myself the aim of achieving 62%+ to gain two test results towards PetPlan qualification. Enjoy a read through our latest competition report blog post to see how we got on!

On Friday evening, I took a look at the two tests for the first time... & started to question whether we were ready for the step up. The first test didn't have anything in it that we don't do as part of our training, except maybe a change of canter lead through trot, but the movements seemed to come up thick and fast! I usually enjoy a relaxed ride out the day before a dressage test, but instead on Saturday afternoon I spent 25 minutes in the arena just checking that a couple of our control 'buttons' were wired in correctly. I just ran out of light to enjoy a short ride out afterwards...

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Dressage Competition Report - 07.11.2018

If you've been following us along on social media, you'll know that the back half of October was a bit of downtime for both Louie & I, but heading into November we set ourselves the goal to achieve the remaining points at Prelim Silver that we needed to in order to qualify for the Winter Regionals.

On 1st November, as planned, Louie was fully clipped and started back in work. To be fair, he had only had just under three weeks off, so it wasn't too much to consider when bringing him back into work, and with a big green tick from both the vet and physio, we knew we were good to go! Before I'd even clipped Louie, I entered two long arena tests at Alnwick Ford Equestrian, with the only objective to achieve scores of 66%+ to gain some extra points for that qualification.

Did we do it? Read on to find out...

Sunday, 4 November 2018

October Round Up

If you're a regular reader, you'll have seen that October was dominated by Blogtober - a challenge undertaken by bloggers of all types all over the world. It challenges you to creating and publishing a blog post a day throughout the whole of October - a total of 31 posts each with a different topic. For me it was quite a big challenge and one that I'm actually really proud that I was able to maintain throughout the duration. Finding dedicated time to a blog post every single day for a whole month is difficult, especially when it is around topics that I wouldn't normally choose to write about. Couple that with ensuring that I add a personal and relatable tone to each post, as well as my usual care and attention that goes into each post, Blogtober took up a lot of my spare time. If you missed any of the my posts, you can catch up on all of my equestrian blogtober posts in one place!

However, it wasn't all that happened during October.
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