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...read more
BD Training Director Paul Hayler, continuing his Balance-themed lecture demonstration at Belmoredean, West Sussex (10 March), examined some of the issues of balance that face both riders and judges at novice level. His guinea pigs in this second session were local...read more
British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler used a statement that is generally accepted but perhaps not thought about sufficiently as the main theme of his lecture demonstration to riders and judges at Belmoredean, West Sussex (10 March). He said: “All dressage is...read more
List 2A judge Sara-Jane Lanning, who has provided this latest Test Analysis in the Out and About Dressage series, is an enthusiastic competitor as well as being a popular trainer who includes test riding clinics in her diary. In her competition life she proves that by...read more
‘HOW’ is the basis of all Neurolinguistic Programming investigations, writes NLP Master Practitioner and coach Wendy Jago. Modelling how successful people do what they do can enable us to do what we do better. MODELLING is not the same as imitation as it involves...read more
Well-known dressage rider and trainer Zoe Sopp plans to relaunch dressage competitions at the popular Priory Equestrian Centre venue. The shows will run monthly starting this March and Zoe hopes that support from the dressage community will lead to renewed affiliated...read more
NEVER is the process of warming-up more vital — to so many — than when preparing to go into the arena to qualify for a national championships or to achieve a personal best place at regional championships. We are at the beginning of the main competition season so there...read more
Damian Hallam is one of the most talked about trainers holding clinics in the region but he rarely talks about himself. He has a confidence in his knowledge, skill and achievements that doesn’t require self-promotion or showmanship but he has been described as ‘the...read more
Step Aside (Belmoredean), West Sussex, 22 February
Featuring riders Jenine Jones, Rachael Hawkins, Joanne Curling, Suzanne Lavandera, Joanna Henbrey, Rebecca Gibbs and Heidi Reed
JENINE JONES’s competitive career has been re-energised by new ride Keystone Rock Chick. Jenine, who was making her debut on the 16.1hh black version of sire Rhondeo, won the silver Elementary 57 qualifier on 72.14%.
Jenine bred the Rhondeo x Depardieu eight-year-old mare but sold her to her friend Tracy Cooper as a youngster. Until recently Rock Chick was being produced by Luke Baber-Davies with a view to being sold. Jenine said: “I have been riding her since around Christmas and I think Tracy has decided that she loves her too much to sell!
“Tracy and I are able to give her more time than Luke now that he is so tied up with Tracy’s Drummer Boy and other Premier League horses. I train mainly with Suzanne Lavandera but Luke gave me some tips how to ride her more up and forward in her neck. She can be quite buzzy so I need to focus on keeping her relaxed and working through her back. It was a shame this show that we got stuck in traffic so only had a 15-minute warm-up for our first test. Rock Chick needs half an hour to relax through properly so there were a few mistakes. With the additional warm-up her second test was much better. She got eights for canter work and her leg yields. She also scored an eight for medium trot. Suzanne says she has about 12 different gears but she still has to learn which ones she should be in.
“The aim is elementary and medium regionals this year. We don’t want to rush her. She can do a lot of the tricks but she needs to be more established in her basic work. She is so willing it would be easy to keep pushing and pushing.”
Stepping up to PSG
Rhondeos these days are getting a bigger share of the attention that comes with the success enjoyed by his Keystone ‘brother’ Dimaggio’s offspring. Rhondeos, however, are reputed to be easier for amateurs to produce. Joanne Curling, who won the advanced medium 92 qualifier on 67.84%, will be competing Keystone Renaissance in both the medium and advanced medium Petplan Finals in April. Joanne combines an 8am to 5pm day job with keeping ‘Mika’ on DIY livery at The Dover Stables, near Arundel.
Joanne commented: “I was really happy with how Mika went today. He’s getting the hang of the flying changes. They were good in his test. We also had good half-passes and a lovely rein-back. He was very off-the-aids so I was able to be accurate.”
Joanne describes Mika as “a sturdy little chap who works very read more…
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Oldencraig, Surrey, 26 January Featuring riders Alejandro Farina, Annie Ho, Luke Baber-Davies, Francesca Bradley, Annie Rawlins, Tania Dahdi, Jackie Elkins, Emma Roche, Megan Austin, Mark Powell and Gema Lovett-Milne RIDERS looking forward regionals, nationals and...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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