Welcome back to part 2… Onto March! I was hopeful that we would start to see some nice spring days but we started the month under a big blanket of snow… great! We are very fortunate to have an indoor arena at Froxfield Stud so luckily despite the “white stuff” we were still able to exercise the horses and things didn’t get too disrupted. Things were ticking along nicely and both horses were feeling great until one day I went to ride Tebby and I noticed she wasn’t quite herself to ride. I was desperately hoping for a foot abcess due to the lameness coming on so suddenly but unfortunately that wasn’t the case! A few days later she was diagnosed with an injury which would put her out for most of the 2018 season, which meant… decision time! We’re still unsure what caused the injury but the diagnosis would mean a long period of time on box rest which wouldn’t have suited Tebby so we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to let her enjoy the time off and we will be putting her in foal instead. Although initially I was gutted she would miss the nationals and the rest of the season, I’m now really excited to start the “baby” process (watch this space when I reveal which stallion we have chosen!). We then had a visit from my super sponsor, Chess Jones Equestrian LTD where we spent the day doing some filming and taking photos of the new SS18 collections for Eskadron and Pikeur. As part of the filming we did a two part series, one video is about how I train my horses and we also did a plaiting demo, which I’m going to include in a future blog post. So with Tebby about to head to Devon to become a resident at the Newton Stud, it meant I had a spare stable which I decided to bring Duncan into so that he could start doing some light work after him being turned away for a year. Duncan is a 9 year old KWPN by Painted Black… he’s a very special and talented horse but has been on the back burner the last year as we decided to turn him away for a year and let an old injury heal. Safe to say he’s definitely enjoying being back in work and I will talk about him and his progress in future blog posts.
And now we’re finally caught up and in April. Lighter evenings and better weather… happy Georgia! After a few months of some bad luck, things seem to be on the up. We’ve had super training sessions with Gareth, Doogie went out to compete in his first Medium and scored nearly 73% (video link below), Duncan is starting to get stronger and fitter and Tebby is having a great time at the Newton Stud. I think it’s very easy to only publicise the positives about our horses, but its reality for things not to go quite to plan sometimes and for me it’s been a huge learning curve. For example I will openly admit that I’m a bit clueless when it comes to breeding but I’ve already learnt so much about it and the process is only just beginning! So for now I think we’re up to date with everything, keep an eye out for my next blog. Thanks for reading :-)
Blimey, what a whirlwind few months! It’s safe to say that since the beginning of the year we’ve had a few ups and downs but here goes!
Let’s rewind back to (a very cold) January! The year started off just the way I had hoped, both Doogie (Keystone Diego) and Tebby (Laurentina) were feeling great and gained some super scores in the first shows of the year, which was great preparation for the Regional Championships the following month. During January we also managed to make it up to Gareth Hughes with both horses where we had some very productive lessons and apart from the freezing temperatures it was a great way to start the year!
Then came along February, which was a mixed month to say the least! We started off the month with a super show at the Merrist Wood Regional Championships with Tebby who was an absolute super star to qualify for nationals in both of her classes (Novice Gold & Novice Gold FS) with huge 70%+ scores…go Tebby! We were lucky enough that our sponsor, Chess Jones Equestrian LTD came to watch Tebby that and video her tests for her vlog series (link to vlog at the bottom of this post!). A few days after Tebby’s regional debut was Doogie’s turn to contest in the Elementary Gold FS class. Our class was the last of the day and we didn’t compete until nearly 8pm, and in sub zero temperatures you can imagine the motivation levels were not peaking too high, haha. Considering competing at this time is very usual for Doogie he didn’t let it phase him. After a super warm up we went into the arena to do our test and unfortunately we lost some of the spark we usually have in the arena which meant I played the test quite safe and we unfortunately had a mistake in one of our simple changes and when you have 3 judges that proves costly! Despite the test lacking a bit of “wow factor” he still paced 9th with a respectable score of just under 70%. We decided to split Doogie’s regionals up and do his Novice and Novice FS class a few weeks later at Wellington… however Doogie clearly decided that competing in the unusually freezing/snowy weather was not for him and a few days before the Wellington Regionals a teeny weeny cut on his fetlock got infected and caused his leg to blow up like a tree trunk! So clever Doogie managed to wiggle his way out of competing and got a few duvet days instead… fortunately a week later after some antibiotics he had a normal sized leg and was back on form raring to go. A shame to miss the regional as he would have had a great chance of qualifying for nationals – onwards and upwards!
Part 2 (March & April) coming tomorrow!