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New competition centre Parwood ticks all the boxes

New competition centre Parwood ticks all the boxes

Tripadvisor take note: Parwood, Southern region's newest affiliated competition centre, ticks all the “good venue” boxes: easy access, appropriate trailer/lorry parking, super surfaced arenas, winter-sheltered indoor warm-up, fast results and super refreshments,...

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Farewell to a ground-breaking academy

Farewell to a ground-breaking academy

The Training the Teachers of Tomorrow Trust is now part of Britain’s dressage heritage. It offered under one roof both in-depth exploration of the theory behind the correct training of the horse as well as developing practical training skills. The TTT was in advance...

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‘I’m not just a coach!’

‘I’m not just a coach!’

Sharon Edwards is held in affection and respect by both the professional and amateur riders that she teaches and by judges when she competes, but she is a bit of a “back room girl”. She is quietly kept very busy with her coaching diary and because she is also...

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Has your horse received and understood your message?

In her series of articles about developing successful human-equine partnerships with the insights provided by Neurolinguistic Programming, Wendy Jago, an NLP Master Practitioner and coach, considers Presupposition 2. This is ‘the meaning of a message is what the...

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GP tests talent, training and partnership

GP tests talent, training and partnership

CURRENT international grand prix rider and List 1 judge Kirsty Mepham talks grand prix newcomers through the test to highlight how they can maximise their marks as they gain experience of performing at this top level. If grand prix is above your expectations as a...

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An NLP path approach to improved performance

Horses respond to their own map of reality, their senses are on a different scale to ours and they have different priorities. It’s our job to understand them as horses not as less intelligent human beings. Wendy Jago, a List 3 Dressage Judge, NLP Master Practitioner...

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It’s going to be Great at Parwood!

Hard on the heels of the sad end to affiliated dressage at Priory comes very good news indeed: Parwood has been given the go-ahead to run affiliated shows at its top-class facilities located in the beautiful Surrey countryside just off the A31 and the Hog’s Back, west...

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Out and About Dressage crosses the border into Hampshire

Out and About Dressage crosses the border into Hampshire

Crofton Manor, Fareham, 6 January
Featuring riders Karen Shepherd, Lucy May, Ailsa Gunn, Georgina Marks, Lucy Pye, Alexis Ross, Kate Oppenheimer and Laura Taylor

PEPPERWOOD PARK’S Karen Shepherd was at Crofton rehearsing her nine-year-old Lusitano breeding stallion Esmerilhao Sernadin for his first High Profile show the following weekend. Although the partnership is only six months’ old, Karen has clocked up advanced medium scores around the 70% mark in just a handful of outings. At Crofton the pair scored 69.48% for their Advanced Medium 91.

But the rider has her sights sent on the big time. She explained: “I want ‘Merlin’ to compete internationally so I can’t spend all year fannying about! I will put him in a big atmosphere at Addington — and see how he handles a sleep-over. If I can retain his focus and the advanced medium goes to plan I’ll ride a confidence-giving PSG and be delighted if we get a clear round.

“He’s settled into his new lifestyle at Pepperwood Park and already he’s much calmer and less stalliony in warm-ups at shows. He doesn’t puff himself up and scream at everyone now.”

“Iberians are like Ferraris,” claims Karen Shepherd, “your aids have to be whispers not shouts”
She recently acquired her third “model”, Cyclone de Massa, above, a 16.3hh six-year-old licensed stallion who she will be pitting against warmbloods in the young horse classes this season

She added: “Over-the-back-and-through can be an issue with Iberian imports so I’ve been doing loads and loads of stretching and lateral work with him. He can still shorten sometimes in a test but the contact is getting better and better. Now he’s using his back properly, the hind leg is really coming through in the flying changes and they’re becoming bigger and more expressive.”

The majority of the winners at Crofton’s efficiently-run and visitor-friendly show were people who combine dressage training and competing with busy full-time jobs. Eye-catching Bashful Suitor, is a first horse project for Lucy May who has a day job as engineering works access planner for Network Rail. They won the bronze section advanced medium 91 with 66.15%.

Note: This photo of Lucy May and ‘Sterling’ is courtesy of Simply Event Photos, www.simplyeventphotos.com

Lucy said: “We haven’t competed anywhere since July and as our arena at home is flooded ‘Sterling’ has had hardly any preparation. He always gives me 110 per cent but he felt like he was ‘buzzing’.” Sterling who, she says, looks like a small warmblood is the result of breeding a gypsy cob mare to TB sire Blushing Groom. Lucy has trained him since he was four and he’s now 13. She added: “He’s never been ridden by anyone but me and he’s my first horse so we’ve learned together with the help of some really good people on the ground. I’m currently training with Sara-Jane Lanning.”

Despite flying changes not called for in the medium the combination of Ailsa Gunn and Force Ten Gale impressed test 75 class judge read more…

Read previous reports:

Out and Away: Southern riders versus the Small Tour world

Keysoe, Bedfordshire, 9 December Featuring riders Lara Edwards, Suzanne Lavandera, Fenella Ross, Joe Bright, Sarah Williams, Georgina Howard, Sharon Edwards, Sara-Jane Lanning, Catrina Leckie, Debbie Poynter, Charlotte Dicker …and Sam Turner ACTIVE hind legs propelled...

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Natasha plays an ace and has two more up her sleeve

Merrist Wood, Guildford, Surrey, 25 November Featuring riders Natasha Powell-Richards, Sarah Ridd, Hannah Bown, Susie Hexton, Jessica Bird, Lisa Harrison, Kay Swabey, Teghan Cantrell, Hayley Pile, Immogen Chant, Imogen Byers, Amy Jack, Jess Gale, Zoe Harrison, Hiedi...

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Horses step up and step under and riders step on!

Step Aside (Belmoredean), West Sussex, 2 November Featuring riders Kay Maxted, Pip Blain, Lovisa Olen, Daniel Timson, Cheryl Hammerson, Joanna Henbrey, Sally McLean, Stella Gibbs, Tina Pardew, Jackie Selway, Thomas O’Brien, Zoe Sopp and Alice Knight NAUGHTY Feiner...

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