Teresa & Corky
Hi my name is Teresa Rowe and I have been lucky enough to be selected to be a Honeychop Star.
I have been competing for the last 11 years with my current horse doing a variety of disciplines from dressage to eventing almost all of which is unaffiliated. We’ve had some success and many a disappointment along the way.
I’d like to introduce you to my horse he’s a Belgian Sport horse called Corky 16’3h I brought him as a four year old.
I registered him in the first year with the British showjumping association due to him being an import but I know now it was too soon for both of us, by the time I’d registered him for the second year we were mostly eliminated sometimes by the second or third fence often refusing from yards away or just stopping dead in front of the fence.
So I decided to take him right back to basics trotting poles etc and that he needed something else to do as he had become ‘stale’ so we had a go at hunter trials !! Wow what a different horse I had, he was suddenly very enthusiastic and enjoyed it. We even won our first pairs competition.
This month we’ve done a variety of things and I think we’ve come a long way since those early days . . . . .
Firstly we went to the Eccleshall Young Farmers Funride 30/8/15
The day dawned fine. A good time for corky and I to ‘nanny’ my friends horse Honey on her first funride. Although a fairly uncomplicated ride around fields it was not without its problems. Having confidently encouraged my friend to follow me over a seemingly small simple fence Corky (and this shows his randomness and therefore our problems) decides that it isn’t actually black crates framed with wood but that it could quite possibly be a ditch. Cue stop dead . . Head down . .Snort. . Spin to the left leaving me upside down on the floor still holding the reins. Having then used the said scary fence as an opportune mounting block we cantered back to it and jumped it happily and flew it . . .followed by Honey (my friend horse) who didn’t even look at it twice.
Albrighton Woodland Hunt Pony Club one day event 5/9/15
Today’s challenge firstly was to perform our dressage without being too entertaining ie adding a random buck here and there. On finishing our test I left the
arena unusually pleased actually satisfied !!
Then onto the showjumping again it went very well apart from a slip which caused us to loose our line to the next fence which was unfortunately a stile causing an unlucky four faults.
Then onto the phase we both enjoy the cross country and although the step and ditch caused much amusement amongst the fence judges radios due to my colourful language (persuasion) we flew round clear.
This earned us a placing second !!!!! With a dressage score of 26.7 . .Our personal best.
Rodbaston College Showjumping 9/9/15
As a winter warmup we attended the indoor show and jumped two classes, 9 fences against the clock earning us a 5th place and a 2nd. Came home happy.
Chillington Hall Funride 13/9/15
Making a second attempt to ‘nanny’ Honey.
We set off on this beautiful ride with lots of different fences set in stunning countryside. Everything was going fine until THOSE crates popped up again this time I was ready and after a few stops and the usual shenanigans he jumped the fence. Job done !!
The next hurdle to cross was riding through a herd of longhorn cattle on both sides of the track leaving corky nowhere to hide and resulting in Honey now leading the way and becoming the ‘nanny’.