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BE VOLUNTEER – Reminiscing, log fires & hibernation planning

As I sit here watching the thrills and spills from Pau on the tablet in front of a roaring log fire with mug of tea in hand, a hold on course gives me a few minutes to start planning what adventures to take next season – how far do you reckon it is to the Pyrenees??? Looking back on a fantastic season, it is hard to imagine topping it! I have been on some amazing adventures, made some fabulous new friends, enjoyed many days with old friends and have some amazing memories to keep ... Read More

BE VOLUNTEER – Cake, Vive L’Arc and Pumpkins

Well what have I been up to….. From the highs of my Polish adventures, the volunteering tour headed to Shelford Manor over the August Bank Holiday weekend where the usual warm welcome and hospitality of the Bede events team was experienced. The sun even came out, what a lovely bonus. The ensued the busiest few weeks of my life – work (that thing we have to do to finance all these horsey adventures) rather got in the way, then followed a fabulous four days at Blenheim photographing for the lovely Eventing Worldwide team. Despite a ... Read More

BE VOLUNTEER – Chill in the air and Monteberry’s new girlfriend 

Well what have I been up to….. From the highs of my Polish adventures, the volunteering tour headed to Shelford Manor over the August Bank Holiday weekend where the usual warm welcome and hospitality of the Bede events team was experienced. The sun even came out, what a lovely bonus. The ensued the busiest few weeks of my life – work (that thing we have to do to finance all these horsey adventures) rather got in the way, then followed a fabulous four days at Blenheim photographing for the lovely Eventing Worldwide team. Despite a ... Read More

GB Student Riders – SNRC Germany

On the 3rd of August Zoe Etherington, Rachel Lade and myself (Rupert Batting) flew to Stuttgart, Germany, to compete in the next stage of the Student Riders Nations cup series. The trip got off to a good start, all meeting at Rachel’s house before going to Birmingham Airport together in our matching Team GB polo shirts, very cliché of us. After the short flight, concern that we were stranded set in. After waiting an hour for someone to pick us up, we were eventually rescued and made our way to the accommodation. Following ... Read More

Young event rider heads to 5 year old Championships

Will Rawlin a talented up and coming event rider has signed up to Elite Horse Owners ahead of his debut at the KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships held at Osberton International Horse Trials next week.  23 year old Will Rawlin and his exceptional 5 year old Ballycoog Breaker Boy (William) have had a very successful 2017 season to date. The exciting 17h gelding who is by Womanizer has been growing in confidence throughout the season and in June the combination fulfilled their goal of qualifying for the championships in the 5 year old ... Read More

IN THE SPOTLIGHT – DAVID BRITNELL

Laura Phipps .... Spectators have taken him to their hearts. Ben Hobday has marvelled at his horse. He is living his dreams – earlier than dreamed.  David Britnell has thrilled eventing fans with his exhilarating cross country riding, which has catapulted him up the table into 16th,13th & 14th  place at three Event Rider Master Series events in 2017. “The ERM series this year has been the most amazing opportunity to compete against and learn from the very best, in a way I never thought possible until later in my career” enthused David. “The riders have been so encouraging to me, ... Read More

WILL RAWLIN – It’s been a busy August …

Mr. Consistent, Ballycoog Breaker Boy (William) has put in two great performances ahead of the upcoming Young Event Horse Championships at Osberton. Placing 2nd in the BE100 at Smiths Lawn and Wellington. Fingers crossed this young horse will put in his best performance yet at the end of the month.  Will is looking forward to doing a test in the bigger arena at Osberton, where William can be more relaxed and less behind the vertical, as the corners won’t come up so quickly!. Also, the event will provide a chance to assess how far ... Read More

ROO FOX VOTE FOR THE MOTHER – YOUR SPORT NEEDS HER………

But first of all a movement report; all Intermediates to Aston, guaranteed going and a forward riding course. Yet again, well done Nige. The young people jumped good clears and the seasoned performer opened up for the time and a rosette. On to Wellington with a first, second and fifth spot after the dressage. Then, just as we were about to enter the SJ ring, husband (the bolter) walked past with his girlfriend without a spoken word. Rider’s temperament in tatters, poles all over the place and horses upset. Not quite in the mode, I let down the brilliant Otto ... Read More

BE VOLUNTEER – Pomaranczowe, suncream and quiet please!

Czesé Now I appreciate you are all probably sick of me crowing that I'm a lucky bugger and remain ever grateful that Eventing takes me to some amazing places, but honestly this weeks eventing volunteer adventure really did take me somewhere special.... Not that the 2.45am alarm call felt that special at the time mind you! Monteberry and I had applied way back before Christmas to go on an epic adventure, and so off we travelled in the pouring rain to Strzegom in south west Poland. We were off to the Europeans. ... Read More

TRAIN TO WIN: MIA PALLES-CLARK – Showjumping Warm up at a competition.. How to make the best of the collecting ring and save your horse’s jump for when it really counts!

The warm up arena or collecting ring is a very important place where classes can be won or lost, nerves and confidence built and restored or where stress and dramas can be created and the outcome of your competition determined.. a pretty important element to get right then! Tips for the rider.. *Timing Flat work starts approx 12 horses before you go, work in as relaxed a fashion as you can, on both reins through all paces. If it’s tight and only possible to go in 1 direction then use counter bend and counter canter ... Read More