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Judge Mary-Anne Horn: on Song!

Judge Mary-Anne Horn: on Song!

List 1 judge Mary-Anne Horn is involved in both the world of music and the world of dressage. For her the dressage freestyle, or as the FEI terms it, the ‘kür’ should be a performance that illustrates the talent of the horse and be enhanced by the music. She offers...

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Keystone Drummer Boy talent-spotted by Carl and Charlotte

Keystone Drummer Boy talent-spotted by Carl and Charlotte

'DEXTER' has made a dream come true for small hobby breeder Tracy Cooper. He has been talent-spotted by our Olympic star Charlotte Dujardin and joined her mega-talented string two weeks ago. His stable mates include the best of British from top breeders Hawtins Stud...

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Who is dressage trainer and rider Zoe Sopp?

Who is dressage trainer and rider Zoe Sopp?

ZOE SOPP, formerly Zoe Colgate, has been associated with horses and with teaching people to ride them most of her life but she’s not one to sound her own trumpet. So it may have passed you by that Zoe trained two of the winning freestyle combinations at the 2018...

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Roll up for more affiliated dressage at Priory!

ZOE SOPP will be running her first "Colgate Dressage" affiliated dressage competition on 20 May at Priory Equestrian Centre, Frensham, Surrey, GU10 3DP. Speaking to Out and About, Zoe commented: “I have been very lucky to be able to step into Duncan Whitney-Groom’s...

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Rehabilitation for continuing soundness

Rehabilitation for continuing soundness

SARAH RIDD, based at Weymarsh Stud, near Guildford, has over her 20 years-plus career as a professional rider and trainer, studied how horses can not only be rehabilitated successfully after injury but also how that return to soundness can be maintained. She acts as a...

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NLP 7: Framing satisfying and realistic personal goals

Wendy Jago is a British Dressage List 3A judge and Neuro-Linguistic Master Practitioner and Master coach. Her article NLP:7 concludes her series on using NLP techniques to improve rider performance with thoughts on how to frame both personally satisfying and realistic...

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Paul Hayler, “All Dressage is about balance”, part 3

Paul Hayler, “All Dressage is about balance”, part 3

While piaffe-passage helped Aldborough Rubenhall gain strength in his core to become a grand prix athlete, as a youth rider Bobby Hayler developed hers with the help of a fitness ball. In the final session at the Paul Hayler lecture demonstration at Belmoredean, West...

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Winners ride on the back of hope and determination!

Winners ride on the back of hope and determination!

Parwood, Surrey, 17 May
Featuring riders Michelle Nichols, Jade Deter, Edwina Phipps, Louise Moses, Natasha Powell-Richards, Sam Roberts, Harriet Ford, Lucy Ellis, Caroline Ganjou and Jessica Telford — with first appearances by Sue Brougham and Anna Miller’s new rides.

ACHIEVEMENTS, expectations of future achievements — and past histories — accompanied winners into the arena. Michelle Nichols, attempting her first advanced medium on SJL Dom Perignon, led the advanced medium pyo with a 70% test 85.

Michelle represents Childeric Saddles in the South — all the way from Lincolnshire in the east to Oxfordshire in the west. She says: “I have to be super-organised in order to ride, which I tend to do very early in the morning, then head off to work while Perry spends the rest of the day in the field.
“I was super busy with work earlier in the year and he went to the Hansens’ at Springhill Dressage yard for a couple of months where he was a very happy horse”

‘Perry’ who has competed successfully in qualifying outings up the levels, has so far failed to make the ‘curtain call’ on the bigger stages. Michelle has had the Don Primus x Raphael eight-year-old for three years. She explained: “It has taken that long to understand him and I only now feel that I can really ride him. He’s a lovely person but when it comes to training he’s quite complex. He has a lot of naturally energy — great as I’m told for the grand prix work — but containing it has been a challenge because our ideas don’t always align. That’s why in the bigger show atmospheres he’s not had the confidence to show what he’s capable of and boiled over.

“I’m based at Kilbees Farm, near Windsor. Sune Hansen, who comes once a week, has been our calming influence. In the six months we’ve been working together I feel the horse has moved on quite significantly. We’re working at PSG at home and without Sune’s help I don’t think I would have made such a big step forward.

Featured top and above are Edwina Phipps and Summer High, overall winners of the Elementary 57 qualifier on 69.28%. They were the highest-scoring BE100 points winners in 2015, but their jumping days are over. Edwina broke her back in an accident in the show-jump warm-up at Borde Hill in May 2016.
She explained that her recovery has been a long journey and there is still a fragment of bone near her spinal cord that couldn’t be removed: “Although my back’s never going to be the same again, I’m just thrilled to be out in the sunshine and riding my horse. I can walk, I can drive my horse to a show and I can ride a test. We enjoyed the whole day.
“‘Rolo’s super reliable and he’s been in our family for 10 years and was previously ridden by my son Guy at BE intermediate. Rolo’s 15, so I have to enjoy him now”

“Our advanced medium pyo was just testing the water to see how far off the mark we are and what the judge thought of him at the level. It’s probably a bit late to qualify for regionals but he will contest them at medium again where he’s very confident.

“Changes are still quite new to him because I’ve held off doing them due to his temperament. I’ve been saying ‘no’ to them for perhaps too long as I’ve wanted to keep the counter-canter secure for medium competitions. Once they’re established I think advanced medium will be an easy level for him to compete while we continue to work on PSG at home.

Owner Jill Wood’s hopes for her six-year-old Royal Blend x Matcho AA 11-year-old mare Revenue not only lie in the arena but also in the paddock and the potential patter of tiny hooves!

With rider and trainer Jade Deter, Revenue was gold section winner of the mediums with 69.24% and 67.87%. Jade commented: “She worked really nicely. I haven’t competed at Parwood before and I was impressed with the facilities and will definitely go back. Hopefully they’ll run some higher-level classes there in the future as well.”

Jade explained that Revenue has a third job: “Jill also rides her. While she learns to do dressage on her and competes at prelim, she wants me to move the mare up the levels. The challenge in training Revenue is finding the right balance for both of us. She’s a very consistent horse in the arena, although she can get a

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