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
Laura Phipps ..
Nintendo was founded in Japan. The powers at Nintendo created a character called Yoshi. Yoshi is known to have a variety of abilities that stand out relative to other characters. Yoshiaki Oiwa boasts abilities that stand out relative to other riders. It’s an unlikely but inextricable link but both have been ground-breaking in their respective industries for Japan. Yoshiaki (Yoshi) blasted into people’s minds when he created his own slice of history at Bramham International, by becoming the first Japanese rider to win a CCI event outside of the home country. Although some of those in the eventing ... Read More
Ballycoog Breaker Boy (William)
With the competition season well under way, Will took a selection of horses to Nunney International on
the sunniest weekend of the year.
Despite the sweltering heat, there were notable highs over the weekend including Ballycoog Breaker Boy placing 3rd in the 5-year-old class, thus qualifying them for the 5year old Championships at Osberton at the end of the season, at the first time of asking.
The age group classes are very competitive with only one qualifying place:ten starters, and each horse must meet the credentials including proof of breeding and a Unique Equine Life Number.
Alvescot Dance Time (Dudley)
Will was ... Read More
It’s Bramham, I like Bramham and apart from getting excited to enter just before closing date to find the list shut (much toing-and froing, thank you Holly) set off with Watt and Tigga. Usual rules apply, stunning warm-up for the Orange idiot, complete panic inside the arena with a non MER score to boot. Watt was mesmerised by the atmosphere and should have known better at his age, but did an acceptable test. Set off on an early XC round with news of carnage filtering back for a lovely ‘I can do this job’ round from Tig who paid no ... Read More
After an enjoyable weekend of Bramham cross country day and Hunter Trials qualifier fence judging, this weekend the BE volunteer adventure rolled onto our thirteenth event of the season, Catton Hall – a beautiful parkland estate nestled in the Staffordshire countryside.
Catton is very local for me and my long suffering volunteer partner Andy, and Katie & her team are always very welcoming.
The morning briefing was held in the barn down by the water, a gorgeous setting but Mr & Mrs Swallow were a little miffed we’d all turned up for breakfast too ... Read More
Meet Will Rawlin, the driven youngster coming up through the ranks, producing top quality event horses from his yard in Hungerford. Describing his job as ‘following his passion’, we find out what makes this family operation so successful, and what we can expect from Will and his team over the coming season.
Will’s passion for equestrian began some years before setting up his professional yard last year. At age 5, with reassurance from a friend of a 100:0 fun to cost ratio, Will was loaned his first ride in the form of ... Read More
So we headed to Aston with Tig, Frog, Watt and with Donk, Otto and Sirius doing there first ever intermediate.
Otto despite being an excellent dressage horse took huge umbrage at the letters marking the arenas, wouldn't go in one corner and felt the judges box was also terrifying (may gave got him a little too fit!) however he produced a fantastic double clear and I couldn't be more chuffed.
Donkey did a great test scoring 30.3 with 1 down sj and what can only be described as an enthusiastic xc round, so enthusiastic we may have had to circle in the ... Read More
This week’s volunteering journey took me and Monteberry to sunny Shropshire – Brand Hall is a venue I had not visited previously, so it was a new territory for me and Andy. A gorgeous venue, nestled in a beautiful parkland which was very well attended both days.
It was wonderful to watch both the Junior National Championships and the Pony National Championships – the Williams and Pippas of the future, and I can say with a sigh of relief that the future of the sport is looking rosy, these youngsters are good. Very ... Read More
I would like to start by saying (for anyone that might not know), up until July 2016 I was unable to tack up this dear little horse without sweating profusely. I was scared of riding to the point of fibbing to cover it up. I didn't hack, I certainly didn't jump and I would lunge for at least two days before I braved a 10 minute sweating session in the school. Sunday marked our 6th BE event, 1 @80, 4@90 and this one - our first 100!!!! I'm pushing my limits, I'm terrified and I'm certainly not afraid to admit ... Read More
Still on cloud nine from Badders, the volunteer adventure rolled on to one of my favourite venues – the stunning Chatsworth. This sport really does take me to some special places.
Another 4.30am alarm, dedicated or stupid, your call? Still its no bother when you walk into the stables for the most stunning morning briefings.
Quick briefing undertaken, some awesome Lansdown socks selected thanks to the official clothing supplier at the event and off we toddle to our fence with toasty warm feet. (Other items of donated sponsors clothing can happily be worn!)
Now this week, myself and Andy ... Read More