One of our local dressage clubs is always a favourite of mine. Great showground, friendly committee and Carol the super secretary is worth a motza.
I was really keen to get back out eventing again after such a long siesta. Rio also found it quite exciting and probably needed some of Dave Cameron’s famous stunt riding to make the dressage more appealing. We were rusty as anything and glad to have another run on the weekend.
If you have a favorite horse, it’s a given that you really want your coach to like it. Really like it. If you get the “good horse” seal of approval, life is good. You approach your first lessons with excitement but also slight trepidation, to get the coach thumbs down could be ruinous to future success.
The thing about Rio is that his antics in the past have always been hugely amusing due to his ability to add drama to most situations. It’s made detailing his Wiley Coyote exploits a lot fun.
The challenge to training eventing horses extends beyond simply mastering the three phases, it includes finding enough time to do it! There is so much to work on, dressage, x-country schooling and show-jumping.
Truth:… I love dressage. I don’t want to do a Heath or anything-yet, but I really do enjoy shifting around that 20 x 60 arena. Rio, unfortunately hasn’t reached that whole appreciation level yet, he thinks it’s all a bit hard. He does dressage like I do yoga- stiff and awkward but with potential!
The last couple of years have been a bit of a desert in the production of competition horses for myself. Things have been really busy and I got caught up in the day to day business of riding, teaching and the tricky shuffle of a hectic competition schedule.