Well its certainly been a week of highs and lows this week.
Monday I took Clare Tewson's Ringo for a dressage lesson with Lara Edwards, we were pleasantly surprised by the lack of wind when we arrived at Lili Brooksbys yard considering it seemed to be blowing a gale when we left home, as it has for most of the week! Lara has a great way of teaching and I feel I have picked up a lot of useful training tips in just the two lessons I have had with her. Ringo was amazing and felt the best he has ever felt. We worked on his flying changes and some lateral work, he can sometimes become a little tense in his lateral work but today he stayed soft and through and felt fantastic.
Tuesday was a tough day as we made the decision it was time to say good bye to our family dog Ellie, she has been an amazing dog who we have had for just under thirteen years and has given us so many amazing memories. She has always been fantastic taking puppies that have arrived at Little Garendon under her wing and the same with both my girls who she adored and equally they adored her back. She has left a big hole and will be greatly missed but if I'm feeling sad I just think of all of the fun times and things she did to make us laugh I find myself smiling and feel lucky that we had her.
Wednesday myself and four friends headed of to Cheltenham for the Cheltenham Festival the olympics of the racing world. We went last year for my fortieth and it was so good we decided to make it a annual visit!! We stayed in the lovely village Northleach Wednesday night and went racing on the Thursday. The standard of the racing was first class, all the horses looked in amazing condition and were turned out beautifully. Every race was exciting and the jumping was some of the best quality I have ever seen, the highlight of the day was when myself and Julie decided whilst waiting for the others to get back from the bar we would pick two horses out by name at long odds and place a bet at the tote, what a good idea that turned out to be when Julies came in at 50/1 and mine was third at 40/1!!! That was dinner paid for that night!! Friday was back to reality but still managed to fit in watching the Gold Cup in between sorting the horses out!
I had a great day teaching my show jump clinic yesterday. Great to see the regulars as well as some new faces. I was glad to be inside out of the horrendous wind! Everyone went really well yesterday, but I think my highlight was watching Caitlin whose pony Emily has lacked confidence jumping and not always given Caitlin the easiest ride, but yesterday Emily was keen taking on every jump and is a real credit to all the hard work that has been put in to her but Caitlin and her family. Keep up to good work.
Today it was the younger generations turn as Ila took Rosie tot a Quorn Pony Club Rally. Thanks to Sarah Johnson who had a work cut out today with a young ride in a spooky arena, it was testing to say the least! Rosie was rather full of herself at the beginning but then settled well and all was going well till she decided that one of the jumps may eat her so to give an extra couple of foot, unfortunately Ila went even higher and they didn't quite meet on landing! But Ila jumped back on and with a bit of encouragement and running from me she jumped round again and then finished the lesson jumping a little course on her own again, she is very proud now that that is fall number 7 so that means she is a proper rider, I'm not sure where that leaves me as I think I must be on about 1007 by now!!!
Another busy week coming up, speak again next week!