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
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
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
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
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..
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
This week the volunteer journey motored onto Hartpury College for their annual Horse Trials. I had never been before, either as fence judge or spectator, so was buzzing with excitement as I headed down the M5 – my new weekend residence!
Wow, what a gorgeous location, set in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, the FJ briefing was held in the college's main building, a gorgeous Georgian house, which I presumed was the Estate house in its former life.
We were greeted with a very warm welcome, fed and watered after the long drive ... Read More
The month of July has been quieter in terms of competition but nevertheless provided some promising
performances. Alvescot Dance Time placed 6th in the Novice at Dauntsey Park, he has developed hugely over the last few months and is for sale on behalf of a client. The Partner had a fantastic run at his first intermediate at Upton House, having just done the dressage at Brightling Park at the beginning for the month.
V.I.P Vinnie went to Barbury International to perform the guinea pig test for the two star competition, he was so pleased to be ... Read More
Lessons learnt this weekend…
Vintage champagne is delicious and you definitely get what you pay for, that said my glass was a complimentary one!
Lightning doesn’t just strike twice, it can strike many, many times as it did Saturday lunchtime!
And the time doesn’t get any easier to achieve at Gatcombe.
Off we journeyed down the M5 towards Gatcombe Park, a beautiful gem in the Gloucestershire countryside. The forecast was for a changeable affair, so the car was packed to the rafters to counter every blow that Mother Nature may throw at us. We met up with ... Read More
During the Monday office dawn chorus of “How was your weekend, get up to much?” a colleague exclaimed in disbelief “What you sat in a field for 12 hours?!?” Yes, I did sit in one of the Taylor’s beautifully maintained and prepared fields for 12 hours last Sunday, and I loved it!
What’s not to love?! Watching world class sport, the final selection trial for the European’s and Margaret’s carrot cake.
Last Sunday we trundled off to Aston Le Walls, always a great event that attracts a full subscription of competitors, and a varied course. ... Read More
The last three weeks have been a blast, firstly there was a trip to the volunteer mecca that is Eland Lodge – Ronnie’s lasagne is a treat to be savoured, and it didn’t disappoint!
Myself and my long suffering volunteer partner Andy were deployed to the fence known as ‘The Edge of the World’ and it very much lives up to the name. Monteberry felt a bit wobbly looking down the drop, it was a long way down!
For the novice class it is a steep drop fence, dropping down into the area known as ... Read More
Is your horse registered with Retraining of Racehorses? Dauntsey Park Horse Trials is offering prizes on Saturday... https://t.co/NGWfcIfjcB,12 hours ago