Archives for November 2015

October

Well the season has ended and the horses have gone away to Sally’s for their annual holiday.  Not to be outdone by the horses, myself and team have also taken well-deserved holidays and enjoyed some non-horsey days.

The rallies have now started in earnest and are proving as popular as ever.  If anyone is interested in joining or just coming to watch, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Dates of forthcoming rallies for November can be found on the rallies webpage.

Finally my UKCC certificate has come through so it’s now official, I’m a British Eventing accredited trainer.

Some dates for next year…

I am joining up with Adam Kemp and Matt Frost at AM Dressage to run a 3-day eventing clinic.  The clinic will include dressage training with Adam and Matt and jump tuition with me.  The aims of the clinic are for participants to get the best out of their horse on the flat so unnecessary marks are not dropped in the dressage.  Jumping will cover pole work, walking distances, gymnastic work and skinnies, corners and angles.  In addition, the clinic will focus on gaining practical skills and knowledge for both horse and rider.  These include knowledge of rules and regulations, planning for the year, setting short and long term goals that participants feel confident in achieving.

The 3-day clinic will run from 5-7 February 2016.  Please book online via the AM Dressage website, but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

August and September

August and September have proved to be busy and successful months.

pearl hartpury Aug 15Robin and I enjoyed a fun weekend in early August at the CLA game fair up near Harrogate which was then followed by a busy weekend at Hartpury International Horse Trials. Pearl (pictured) was one of three horses that Mike was competing there and it was sad that following a clear cross country, she sustained a minor injury that prevented her show jumping. Mike’s other two rides were successful with Treloar finishing 11th in the CCI ** . Treloar’s run of success was to continue at Blenheim, but more on that later.

Following a year of hard work and study and two gruelling days of exams, I am now a fully-fledged UKCC Level 3 Eventing Coach. I couldn’t have achieved this qualification without the help of Mike and Rachel who let me profile their careers for my portfolio.

As a well-earned treat following my exams , Robin and I escaped for a long weekend to Majorca which also involved celebrating my birthday.

The Leighland horses continue to perform well. Hector and Xavier completed the CIC* at Gatcombe and Melody continues to improve at BE100. Hilldown Prophet continues to impress with a top 10 placing in the CIC* at Somerford Park and fourth place in his first intermediate at Gatcombe.

Treleor BlenheimBlenheim proved to be a successful event with Mike and Treloar finishing 7th in the very competitive CIC***. An improved dressage mark of 51 followed by a double clear was a very proud moment for me as a trainer.

Another Moor Farm pupil was at Blenheim as well. Little Caesar (Tom) and Vikki were competing in the BE80 grassroots final where they finished a worthy 8th. Tom is now for sale so please get in touch if you’d like to know further details.  Photos and videos of Tom can be seen on the Moor Farm Facebook page.

Paul Treloar, an international horse therapist, held a productive clinic at Moor Farm a couple of weeks’ ago. Paul treats all horses from top competition to hacking ponies all over the world. He will be back again for another clinic next April.

stormOn a sad note, long-term resident of Moor Farm, Storm, was put down at the grand old age of 28. Storm was owned by Sue Sellick but spent many years at Moor Farm in working livery.

Storm had all levels of riders and they all learnt so much from him. It was with him that GCSEs, A Levels, NVQs, PTT and BHS stages were passed. Storm didn’t believe in predictable and took pleasure in torturing work experience vets and students or anyone who thought they knew more than him. Life was never dull and he will be much missed by many.