Hollie- Where has the month gone!
February has been and gone so quickly, I’ve been so busy with the horses and running the new yard it’s been a crazy month! I’m looking forward to the weather improving though, as it’s been really cold. There’s loads coming up entries have been done for The Blue Chip Championships and The Pony Club Dengie Finals at the end of March, then off to the Welsh Masters so a really busy few weeks coming up. I’m also delighted to say that all the horses got into Royal Windsor Horse Show and will jump in both the Foxhunter and the B & C classes in the main ring. It’s such a hard show to get into but one of the highlights of the year for me so I’m really excited.
We’ve just come back from Bury farm all the horses jumped super we picked up some great placing’s over the weekend including a win in the 1.10 from Ryan’s Hollie. Hilarius Jumped brilliantly and had just one pole the whole weekend as well as placings in the 1.10 and the 1.05 and Delina Jumped great just an unlucky last fence in the jump off of the Winter Novice. Also a great evening of bareback riding in memory of Russell Pearson great to see so many people coming to support the evening and …the amazing Ryans Hollie carried me safely round the course, we had to stop half way and down a shot of tequila and we even cleared the 1.25 Joker bareback!
Here’s the video of Ryans Hollie winning the 1.10 in a huge class of 85 at Bury Farm she’s so quick and loves a good jump off – I’m so lucky to have the ride on her she’s amazing
Tim’s exercises have been coming in handy as I’m concentrating on getting the horses ready for the Championships, my favorite one was this month’s V poles exercise. I had to place two poles at an angle so that the tips rest on the top pole of the jump and the other end angles. The aim of the exercise is to encourage your horse to pick up their front legs and avoid those know downs. It’s a useful exercise especially on Delina who has a strong back end but sometimes doesn’t pick up in front as much as she should. She’s still very young and this exercise really helps her pick up and make a better shape in the air. This exercise works well because the shape of the poles encourages the horse to bring its front end up more and round their body over the fence.
I’m really happy with the way the horses are performing they are in great shape and I’m looking forward to the next few months, I love the Blue Chip Championships and the horses have qualified for quite a few classes so it’s going to be a busy show. Make sure you take a look at my next moths blog to see how we got on