• Aspirations from our riders for 2016

    Aspirations for 2016

    Rebecca Bell

    2016 has started off really well; Tango and I had our first competition in mid January at the Addington High Profile show. He felt fantastic, I think our work over the winter has paid off! It's all still a bit of a learning curve so we had quite a few mistakes but I was delighted to finish 3rd. Since then, we've tried some new things, including jumping! Tango thought this was great and although my technique in a dressage saddle was a bit questionable we both had a fantastic time. This is definitely something I'll include in his routine going forward not only is some work over small fences good for dressage horses' athleticism, it's great for their minds to go into the arena for something other than a training session. I strongly believe that a varied routine is really important for any horse, but especially one being asked to perform at a high competitive level.

    This past weekend, Tango and I tried our first two day show, staying overnight and competing both days. I wasn't sure what to expect but I certainly wasn't prepared for how quite how well it went. Tango was on top form, winning the Advanced Medium 92 class on the first day (despite some impromptu extras in the test. Oops!) with 69.2%, and also won the Advanced Medium 98 on the second day, with the same score. Not only did he take everything in his stride but he also put up with me being a complete numpty on the second day, riding 10m circles rather than 8m ones, and forgetting to do extended trot on the final centre line! I was pretty annoyed with myself afterwards, especially as we were so close to that magic 70%!

    My ultimate goal this year would be to represent GB with Tango at a CDI, and my dream would to be a part of the team for the Junior European Championships. However, there's a long way to go and as with all things involved with horses, you never know what will happen. So for now Tango and I will continue brushing up on our test riding and training, and I'm going to measure out an 8m distance and observe it carefully!

    Ellie Maris

    I am finally back on board after a freak accident mid-December, meaning a lot of sitting around and no riding which I think was slowly sending me crazy! However it was nice to be able to stay a lot warmer and drier with all of this horrible weather (Not that it would put me off, I can’t be said to be a fair weather rider). Clover has been in ‘boot camp’ with a local 4* professional event rider and is going fantastically. Due to my fall, eventing is having to wait an extra month or so as I cannot fall off due to the potential health risk. Nevertheless, training still continues for Clover and I so we will be at our best when the season begins. Our aims for the season include: completing the 3 Day event at Aldon at the end of the season, to complete at least one novice level BE event and to enjoy every second of it. Bring it on!

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