Summer 2018

Now that it’s past the official start of autumn, time to reflect on the summer of 2018 which have included Xavier and Hector successfully competing at 3-star level and the summer clinics run at Moor Farm over the past four months.

Xavier Blair_optCompetition news

Xavier and Hector have had a brilliant season which, after successful CIC3* runs at Chatsworth and Bramham, culminated in their first CCI3* at Blair Horse Trials a couple of weeks’ ago.  Despite the very long journey, the trip proved to be a successful one with them finishing 14th and Hector winning the best placed rider under 25 prize.

The focus now turns to Pearl and Melody who will resume their competitions during the last couple of months of the eventing season so still a lot to look forward to.

Summer Clinics

Clinic Adam_optThe summer one-day eventing and green horse confidence days proved very successful.  For the eventers courses, these were a combination of a dressage lesson with either Adam Kemp or Matt Frost as well as a poles/jump lesson with Trudi.   In addition, participants not had a lovely lunch but a lecture was also given by Adam or Matt.


The Green Horse Confidence Day also went well with Rachel Sheldon and Trudi providing guidance and help to those who needed to be build up their confidence.  All those who attended found the clinics challenging, informative and very sociable!

equine therapy_optIf that wasn’t enough,  two horse physio evenings were arranged with Alison Marks which gave owners an insight into stretches and massage.

Other news

Almondsbury 2018_optSomewhere in the mix of the above Almondsbury Show took place, which this year included the introduction of a fancy dress class in the showing competition.  I’m not sure who was more surprised by the outfits, the spectators or the horse watching the Rapunzel’s tower being hoisted into position with Rapunzel inside!  The standard has most certainly been set for next year.

There was also the Oldbury on Severn ball which was Great Gatsby themed and proved to be a fun night in the village.


Moor Farm Training Dates


30 May: Equine physio evening with Alison Marks £25

24 June: Adam Kemp / Trudi Robinson Eventers Day course £110

29 June: Trudi Robinson/ Rachel Sheldon Green Horse and Confidence Building Day £100

21 July: Matt Frost / Trudi Robinson Eventers Day course

31 July: Adam Kemp / Trudi Robinson Test riding and course jumping evening £80

1 August: Equine physio evening with Alison Marks £25

17 August: Adam Kemp/ Trudi Robinson Eventers Day course £110

All day courses will include 2 lessons, 1 lecture and lunch.

All are designed to be fun sociable and educational, and for the less experienced or more Dressage minded there are always pole exercises instead of jumping.  Please check our Facebook page for any updates on these training dates.

There is limited stabling.

Please contact Trudi 07831278215 for further info and to book.

Summer 2017


It’s been a busy and successful summer season both at home and competing.


Melody has continued to progress with her first intermediate at Rockingham back in May.

Pearl and Mike at Aston le Walls

Pearl and Mike at Aston le Walls

Xavier showed his class when finishing 9th in the advanced at Little Downham, Pearl also did extremely well too in the advanced and it was only rider error that prevented her winning her section.

Slight change of focus and another enjoyable day at Almondsbury Show in early July.  The dressage and showing classes were well supported.  The judges certainly had their work cut out for the showing classes as we had over 60 entries!

Xavier and Hector at Hartpury

Xavier and Hector at Hartpury

Trips to Dauntsey and Aston le Walls with Melody and Pearl followed.  Late July and we were up to Burgham for Xavier and Hector’s first 3* which ended in disappointment as Xavier slipped on the flat on the cross country.   Luckily neither was hurt and focus then turned towards Hartpury where the duo successfully completed the CIC***.  So proud of them both.

Melody and Rachel at Osberton

Melody and Rachel at Osberton

Heading towards the end of our season and Melody set up her trip to Osberton CC1* with a successful 3rd place at Sapey Horse Trials.  Osberton proved to be enjoyable and Melody and Rachel completed so rounded off the season on a high note.

All three Leighlands are now on a well-deserved holiday.

Summer rallies/training

Two-day clinic

Two-day clinic

Rallies and training continued throughout the summer which included a two-day course eventing clinic with myself and Mike Jackson.  In addition to my rallies, Mike also did a couple of jump clinics and Emma organised the ‘little ponies’ clinics.

The two-day course covered flat work and jumping plus talks on BE and FEI which proved an eye-opener for some people.  Myself and Mike had a good time teaching everyone and the food and drink seemed to go down well too.

Dates have now been set for the 2017 autumn and winter rallies.

Robin and Hector surveying the building works at Moor Farm

Robin and Hector surveying the building works at Moor Farm

If all the above wasn’t enough, Robin and I have been managing the development of Moor Farm and in early September, Emma moved into Damson Barn.  Works are still ongoing but it’s exciting to see our plans become reality.


Melody and Rachel at Aldon Horse Trials

Melody and Rachel at Aldon Horse Trials

March was a busy month with rallies and eventing.

The 2017 season has begun well with a successful trip to Aldon Horse Trials.  Leighland Melody and Rachel jumped a double clear to finish 5th in the novice and Leighland Xavier and Hector followed this with another double clear to finish 8th in the intermediate.  Leighland Pearl and Hilldown Prophet were both in the OI section, Pearl had a miscommunication with Mike on the cross country to pick up 20 penalties but Prophet stormed round to finish 4th.

Hector and Mike at Gatcombe Horse Trials

Hector and Mike at Gatcombe Horse Trials

A week later and it was onto Gatcombe Horse Trials where the success continued with Pearl finishing 2nd and Prophet 5th in the OI and Xavier 2nd in the intermediate.  The success of the Leighland horses made into Horse and Hound the following week.

The rallies have proved successful too with sessions on grid work, shortening and lengthening the stride, lunging and course jumping.  Only a couple more left before the spring-summer break.


portia-xmas-rallyThese last two months have been busy with the rallies and a newly refurbished stables and arena plus a welcome break away in Tenerife.

Over the past weeks, those attending the rallies have set their goals, worked on suppleness of both horse and rider and control.  Last Saturday’s Christmas Dressage Rally proved a lovely day with everyone getting into the Christmas spirit with all the various fancy dress outfits as well as producing tests to a very high standard.  The warm mulled wine proved very popular on a rather cold winter’s day.

Training dates for early 2017 are now available with a mixture of flat, jumping and show preparation.  Please check out the rallies page for further details.





Mike and Prophet at Blenheim

Mike and Prophet at Blenheim

The last two months have been very busy on the eventing front as the 2016 season neared its conclusion.

September started with Mike taking Hilldown Prophet to Blenheim for the CIC*** 8/9 year old class.   Prophet excelled himself to jump round clear cross country so qualification for Badminton is getting ever closer!


Hector and Xavier at Osberton

Hector and Xavier at Osberton

From Blenheim it was then onto Osberton CCI** for Hector and Xavier and another fine performance across country helped to gain them a top 25 placing.

This ended Xavier’s season on a real high and three star qualification is now only one more run away.

Last, but not least, it was Melody and Rachel’s turn to shine at Aldon CIC*.  After a good clear round in the showjumping Melody stormed round the cross country to finish on their dressage mark.  A great way to finish the season with the Hilldown and Leighland horses.

Rachel and Melody at Aldon

Rachel and Melody at Aldon

However, we must not forget Ellen and Summer’s achievement’s this season as they too finished on a high at Aldon Horse Trials with a double clear in the Novice.  Ellen’s brother Killian was also flying high at the Horse of the Year Show so success all round.

Tia helping to paint the stables

Tia helping to paint the stables


The refurbishment of the stables and arena at Moor Farm is now complete.  Thanks to all those who pitched in and helped with the painting.

With the season now at an end, the rallies will commence once more on a Saturday morning alternating between flat and jumping.  Further details and dates can be found on our Facebook page.


Melody at Dauntsey

Melody at Dauntsey

It’s been a busy month with eventing, the Almondsbury Show and my dressage clinic at Burrows Court.

On the eventing front, Melody is now established at Novice level with clear rounds at Chepstow, Upton and Dauntsey (where she finished 7th).  Hector and Xavier have had clear rounds at Upton and Burgham.  Burgham proved a happy hunting ground as both Xavier and Pearl were entered in the CIC**.  This was Hector and Xavier’s first CIC** and they gained some valuable experience.  Pearl, fresh for her advanced outing at Aston le Walls, was the star of the day in coming 7th.

Xavier and Hector at Burgham

Xavier and Hector at Burgham

Almondsbury Show was as popular as ever.  We had glorious sunshine and for the first time this year, there was an overall showing champion and reserve champion in addition to the dressage cup.  The classes proved even more popular this year so it was a hard decision to choose our champions.  Thanks to all who came, whether it be judges, stewards, helpers and competitors.

Almondsbury 2016

Showing Champion and Reserve Champion at Almondsbury Show

After the success of my No Stressage clinic at Burrows Court, another clinic, this time eventing will now be held at Moor Farm on 23 August.  Please email me at for more information.


xc leyland court June 16June began with a cross country clinic at Leyland Court Farm, with first timers Sweet Pea and Daisy doing extremely well.

On the eventing front, Pearl made the long trip to Little Downham in Norfolk and jumped a fast double clear in the Open Intermediate.  This run was followed by a very successful outing at Nunney Horse Trials as Pearl came 4th in the Open Intermediate on an impressive score of 28 and Prophet was 7th in CIC**.  Hector and Xavier finished 18th in the intermediate which now gives him his CIC** qualification.

On a sad note, a very popular horse at Moor Farm, Lucky Jubilee, was put down.  Lucky’s enthusiasm for life made her a favourite in the yard and began life being competed Hayley Dietrich to BE novice before being bought by Janet.    Janet competed her in all disciplines and was the dressage champion at the Almondsbury Show only a couple of years’ ago.

There was some staff news this month in that Laura, who has been a working pupil for the last 12 months on her gap year, passed her PTT and NVQ level 3.  Congratulations to Laura and we wish her every success studying engineering at University.  Another former employee, the muck heap king and chief strimmer, Ben Sellick passed his finals and is now a fully qualified vet.

There will also be a dressage test riding clinic ‘No stressage‘ at Burrows Court Farm on 21 July 2016.



Pearl and Xavier at Aston le Walls

Pearl and Xavier at Aston le Walls

May began on a rather sad note with the loss of Sunnybank Silverslate (Sid), another old boy in the yard.  Dian Phillips’s lovely grey had been with me for years and had enjoyed success at BD dressage and unaffiliated evening.

On the eventing front, Pearl had a much needed run at Aston le Walls despite the weather.   A successful couple of days were had at Millfield BE with Vikki and Merlin jumping a double clear in the BE80 (which was his first BE outing), Ellen finishing in 4th and Laura and Boycie having a 30 dressage and double clear in the BE100.

Mike had a very successful day at Rockingham with Hilldown Prophet finishing third in the CIC** and Treloar finishing fifth in the CCI***.

Portia at Pontispool

Portia at Pontispool

We rounded off the month with Pontispool where Xavier finished seventh in the novice and Portia, defying her 20 years and four foals, was ninth in the BE80.

In the midst of all this activity, Robin and I managed to escape for a long weekend to Majorca to celebrate our wedding anniversary.


Leighland Melody

Leighland Melody

April began with Xavier and Melody doing the novice at Portman.  It was Melody’s first outing at this level and Xavier’s 8th placing was the perfect 18th birthday present for Hector.

Not so lucky at Belton for Pearl as the intermediate classes were cancelled on the Saturday but Prophet had managed to get his run on the previous day and with a brilliant cross country finished 4th in his intermediate section.

Leighland Xavier

Leighland Xavier

The month was rounded off with a trip to Withington with Xavier and Prophet completing without incident.  The real star of the weekend was without doubt Treloar who finished second in the advanced with Mike.  A bright star on a cold and wet Spring day.