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It was Einstein who said "in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity". This is certainly apt for Jo Marsh. Jo's story is a seismic tale of triumph over adversity and I am lucky enough to be the story teller for you all.
Listening to Jo, it instantly struck me that her modus operandi is passion and hard work. She is pugnacious and hardy when her game head is on, but she is also a warmblooded human being whose heartfelt interview was a breath of fresh air. Success will ... Read More
If you read my blog around this time last year, you will note that I said I would never, never go on the sunshine tour again. It is late Jan, early Feb and it is damp, grisly and boring. Follow this with a nice email -or two, lovely to see you, hope you are coming and of course the bags are packed and we depart. Well, we tried to leave but the lorry was having other ideas and after four hours waiting for a repair man, currently still lost in the mists of ... Read More
Hi let me introduce myself……..I’m Debbie - a freelance competition groom. I’ve been a freelance since 2014, but before that I was head girl for Izzy Taylor and worked for Andrew Nicholson and Chris King. I’ve been a groom for 13 years and done everything from yard work to grooming at Badminton and the European Championships.
Please join me monthly on my journeys and antics as I give you an insight into what a competition groom gets up to. I will hopefully give you an idea of how hard top grooms work and also ... Read More
The month of May seemed to have been one competition after the other.
Still all the regular horse maintenance programs in place, farrier, osteopathy and saddle fitting.
The month started with Badminton Cross Country day. Mum and I managed to start early in the morning so we were just finished in time to sit down for the rest of the day to watch a very exciting day of Badminton xc on the telly. It was very interesting watching as it looked as though the course had been dumbed down a little in places since last year, but actually it was a very ... Read More
May has been a really exciting month with the addition of a new horse on the yard. Redbarn Lux Ury Biscuit aka Biscuit. Biscuit is owned by Eventing Worldwide so its a pleasure to have him on the yard and have the opportunity to compete him.
There is always much excitement when an owner decides to purchase a new horse. Its a relationship that has to work for both parties, the owner has to feel something for the horse and I as the rider, have to get a certain feeling when I ride and train ... Read More
Irish event rider Alan Nolan has announced he is retiring his horse of a lifetime from international competition.
Bronze Flight, who is owned by Carole Warren, has been ridden by Nolan, who is an amateur rider who has made it to top level competition, for the past ten years. Together the pair have competed at seven Four Star competitions; Pau (2014), Burghley (2015, 2016, 2017), Luhmuhlen (2016, 2017) and Badminton (2018), completing on six occasions with four clear rounds across country to their name at this level, as well as numerous other international events.
Having missed competing in March it was good to finally get out competing during April - not without its challenges, but we seemed to have picked some good ones that managed to run with just loosing Burnham Market CIC** with The Partner and Sapey Novice with V.I.P Vino to the weather.
Vinnie was feeling the best he has felt - and having not competed for a while due to injury I weirdly felt no pressure considering neither of us had competed at this level before. It was a big ask to go straight in to an advanced competition ... Read More
Flora Young, is a 23 year old Advanced event rider and Show jumper based Lincolnshire. With big plans for 2018, we caught up with her to see how her season is progressing.
Flora has ridden since a young age, and it soon became clear that her future career would be working with horses.
As she recalls; “I was five when I started riding, at a tiny riding school in Hampshire. I can still remember my first ever time on a pony...although I can’t remember much about the pony. I was taken Read More
The day before heading off to Spain for the first SRNC of the 2018 season, the team of Harriet Deeming, Cameron Beer and myself headed for a last minute training session at Summerhouse Equestrian, giving us the chance to practice riding through the team test as a three before we arrived. Three minutes to get used to a new horse and practice riding together goes very quickly in the warm up, so it was great for us all to get our eye in before we left - riding three horses as a team together in a 20x40 arena is ... Read More
Monteberry and I have been rather busy the last couple of weekends and have got through a serious quantity of suncream…
Firstly we packed up our kit and headed north to one of the most beautiful locations – Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire. Set in the stunning Peak District, this hugely enjoyable event did not disappoint.
Work rather got in the way of the kind invitation to the briefing in the stables on the Thursday night (I need to work out how to afford early retirement?!?) so we arrived early on Saturday morning for a brief briefing in ... Read More