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Saturday, 29 February 2020

February Round Up

Well, it’s been pretty crap with the weather over the last three weeks. Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis and then some unnamed one dropped by to say hi last weekend... I’ve had to re-arrange flatwork training sessions, not been able to jump and had competitions cancelled. The horses at our yard are permanently stabled at the moment because the fields are just so wet! However, while I’m usually not a big fan of horses being kept in, it has played its uses.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Dressage Competition Report - 22.02.2020

Thank god....we FINALLY got out and away from home to enter a dressage competition! With storm Ciara, we'd had to cancel our flatwork training session, and storm Dennis later that week put hold to a riding club dressage we'd planned to head out to. The happiness though of it being cancelled on the Saturday night while I sat listening to the wind howling and rain beating against the window outside,  was real! In reaction, I put an entry into another local venue running express dressage format the weekend afterwards, and prayed the weather gods would be on our side.

They weren't, but it wasn't quite as bad as the weather forecast said...not quite!

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

January Round Up

Wahoo! I got through January without even a glimmer of January blues, and it didn't seem like many others suffered with them either...Well done everyone for keepig them at bay! 💪 So with such a positive start, what did we get up throughout January to kick start our 2020!?

Well, it's been all go that's for sure, but I'm so happy as I haven't felt rushed or under pressure once this month, so it really shows I've got all-round balance struck up pretty well. From cold & crisp morning hacking, to dressage competitions and showjumping training, we've managed to pack it all into the last 31 days!

Monday, 3 February 2020

A Weekend Away Showjumping at Morris Equestrian Centre

During the last five years, there have been times that I have lost all faith and confidence that jumping around a 90cm course, with its questions and challenges, was never going to happen. Even after our very successful weekend at Morris Equestrian two months ago, where we jumped the 70cm and 85cm classes, it didn't feel like jumping a British Novice at a category 2 show was within range of achieving.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Showjumping Training - 25.01.2020

It’s been a little while since I last updated my blog with progress in our showjumping training. We’ve had two sessions with Philippa plus a shared session as part of the British Showjumping academy scheme, and all three have been super positive. Yesterday we had another private session and for the first time in a very long time, I left feeling quite disappointed. Not because of bad performance or Louie losing any confidence, but because it wasn’t perfect...

Saturday, 11 January 2020

2020 Goals

Sitting & writing my blog post a year ago looking at the year ahead & what I’d hoped to achieve seems like two minutes ago! Let’s face it, 2019 flew past, but when I think back about the year, I seem to have managed to cram SO much in. I’m going to dedicate a bit of a round up post of the full year, so keep your eyes peeled for that, but for now, I’m looking forward & thinking about the goals that I’d like to set Louie & I.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

December Round Up

So I took a little break away from my blog over December, Christmas and the New Year. It was a busy month with a work trip away for a full week almost, my parents flew in for Christmas on 21st December, and left on new year’s eve, and I overall just took some downtime to catch up on some rest & relaxation.

But that didn’t mean that all the fun with Louie stopped, and after such a FANTASTIC November, I was on cloud nine…full of motivation, determination and energy to push forward during the remaining winter months.

As you’ve probably seen from our previous blog post, we had an amazing weekend up at Morris Equestrian Centre doing our firstever British Showjumping classes. The final day competing was the 1st December…and what a way to kick the month off but also finish up our year, reaching what has been a long term goal AND taking home a double clear!!
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