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  1. ChristmasSooooo, a break to my blogs with a reason. All this time I have been telling half a story, and it has been difficult, not least because a lot of my equine experience and learning has been from my "other" life. Not least a lot of my time!

    For the last 20 years I have been riding and training Police Officers and Police horses, but because of my conditions of service I have not been allowed to comment on a commercial web site. For many years the only evidence

  2.  Jay Htton Dressage

    Well, it happened, I "did my time" at work, and have gone on extended leave prior to being able to leave work and retire from mainstream employment  to start a life of riding my own horse and teaching.

    Firstly, I was warned and expected to become quite tired, as I have been extremely busy with work, competing and teaching, and my full time job involved a lot of adrenaline. Without tight schedules and timetables the adrenaline was gone, and I found that the days were shorter than I expected. In fact within a very short time I wondered how

  3. Jay on the beach twoWhat a wonderful experience the Indoor Le Trec competition was on 29 March. For starters the spring weather was kind, a lovely warm and sunny day. The people at the competition were kind too, the whole atmosphere was very friendly.

    There was an organised course walk for new people, as well as posters telling you what was required at each obstacle. This was really useful as so far my research has been watching videos on Youtube from other competitions, and this does not tell you what was good or bad about each combination.

    The first competition was an unaffiliated one, and despite his mother having to frequently pull up and confirm what was next (if you think learning a show jumping course or dressage test is difficult, this seemed harder to me), Jay was a total superstar.

    Jay then did the two affilliated classes.

    Last month I said this would be a test of where we are, and I had my answer. I had not reckoned on having to

  4. gymnasticsAs in my last blog, Jay has been super at Dressage, he is now getting mostly 4 and 5 points a test. We did an outing at Port Royal to complete his regionals qualification, although when I entered I did not realise it was a long arena test. Jay is OK with long arena, it is just me who gets a bit lost with the extra markers. Still, we only needed one test to complete our qualification, so I just entered the one and with only one test to learn it did not seem too daunting.


    I did learn the test, but at the venue the lovely lady who had read to me the last time I was here volunteered to read for me again. It was not our best test ever, I think I trained a bit hard the day before and Jay was sound but maybe a bit stiff when initially warming up. Because of that I maybe rode a bit too forward to encourage him to use himself. No worries, it was a bit too forward, and we made a couple of mis-understandings, but generally it was active and happy and Jay achieved more then 68%.


    Yay Hay, that is us qualified, so we can give


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