We have enjoyed another busy week here at Little Garendon, it started well on Monday morning when I had a dressage lesson with Lara Edwards on Clare Tewson's Ringo, I have not been taught before by Lara who is one of the country's top producers of young dressage horses. She had a great way of training and gave me lots to work on and think about.
Wednesday we headed to Vale View Equestrian with four horses looking fairly respectable (I hate greys!!!). They are holding eventing dressage tests which are a great way to get in the arena before the start of the season and practice your test riding and find the areas you need to work on, Blinx was a bit inattentive so he will be heading out again soon as it is all so new to him especially as there you warm up outside and then go into the indoor which is quite spooky, although very green the judge really liked him and he will certainly be scoring some good marks in the future, Lucy was good warming up but again she went tense as she went in the arena, though she doesn't have the same excuse as Blinx for finding it all a bit scary! These practice tests are great for her as you can really ride to get the best out of the horse and not worry about ruining the day as you would in an event when it's too tempting to sit still so not to upset the situation. Lucy did the intermediate test and still scored a fair mark of 36.2 with lots more to come and I was pleased as although tense she stayed rideable and the test got better the further we got through it. Hannah took Flo, this was their second test together and it was a 100% better, Flo is a proper school mistress and will only do exactly what you ask of her, this time Hannah didn't tighten up as much and got a lot better mark. After all the dressage was done we headed over to the show jumping,Chris and Dannielle Farnsworth were running the clear round, it was great to have two such experienced people advising from the ground and they gave us some great pointers on all of our horses. Hannah took Darcy for a play as Cherise was out of action (don't worry she back!!) she jumped fab especially as only about the third time Hannah has sat on her, She then took Flo, it's lovely to watch them really beginning to become a partnership, they jumped two super rounds I think they're ready for bigger. Blinx was a really good boy, a bit wobbly the first time (lots of doors to look out of!) and then the second round he popped round beautifully. I was really pleased with the way Lucy jumped, she jumped two good clears and our rhythm was good and she didn't get too tense, I think the training shows seem to suit her better.
The rest of the week has mainly been exercising horses in either gale force winds or pouring rain and sometimes both. I have to admit I have been pleased to get in my workshop and do some rug repairs or tack mending! We have got lots more planned for the future, I will keep you updated.