Summer 2017

 

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

Competitions

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.

March

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.

November/December

These 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 … [Continue reading]

September/October

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 … [Continue reading]

August

The first Event Clinic at Moor Farm was held this month.   It began with a talk on goal setting, both long and short term.  This was then followed with a flat lesson with Trudi and then a jump lesson with Mike Jackson.  Mike also gave an informative … [Continue reading]

July

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).  … [Continue reading]

June

June 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 … [Continue reading]

May

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 … [Continue reading]

April

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 … [Continue reading]

March

After having a few showjumping and combined training outings, the season got underway at Aldon. The weather was certainly not very spring-like but all the horses went well. As well as Pearl and Melody, Laura was competing Boycie, Rachel Sheldon on … [Continue reading]