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Warming up for your Big Day

Warming up for your Big Day

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...

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How should we handle human-equine stalemates?

Wendy Jago, NLP Master Practitioner and coach, applies Neurolinguistic Programming “presuppositions” to the art of developing more successful human-equine partnerships. NLP Presupposition 5, 'Having a choice is better than not having a choice' suggests a better way to...

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Grand design dressage heaven — can’t wait!

Grand design dressage heaven — can’t wait!

The Home Park Equestrian Centre, near Liphook, West Sussex, will be the realisation of a dream — a very, very big dream. The equestrian centre will boast, when completed in Autumn 2018, the largest state of the art outdoor competition arena anywhere in the UK, 150m by...

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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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Riders prepare to meet 2018 challenges

Riders prepare to meet 2018 challenges

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 internationals included some professionals new to the southern dressage circuit. Alejandro Farina who rides for Russian owner Elena Baturina will be an interesting one to follow. He found approval from all three of his judges who included Mary-Anne Horn who was at C for his 69.54% winning medium 76 qualifier with Fürst Fugger eight-year-old Fiorella.

Alejandro Farina, originally from Spain, came to England after six years in the Netherlands where he worked for over four of them for Bert Rutten, before going freelance as a trainer and rider up to small tour level.
Elena Baturina breeds horses in Russia but is currently living in the UK so those that are being produced for competition are based at a yard near Basingstoke.
Alex, who is training with Spencer Wilton, explained: “I will be getting youngsters from Russia every year and we will compete them to the highest level we can. The ones we think are really good we will keep and the others will be sold”

Mary-Anne commented: “It is a lovely partnership and the test was nicely presented. He rode with empathy and harmony and I think he got the best out of the mare although there are still some green bits.”

Alex, frank in his analysis of Fiorella’s performance, agreed: “We had some tension today, especially in our first test. She has quite a big walk and I’m working on her ability to collect it consistently for the pirouettes. I am happy with her canter but at the moment her trot remains a weak point: I either get ground cover in the medium or expression and she needs to be more supple in the lateral work.”

Alex was also tactful in his riding of Waterprinz-sired Vaterloo who won the gold section indoor novice with 70%, but he had difficulty maintaining the same quality in the way of going in the 38 qualifier. He commented: “Vaterloo was tired in his second test but he was a good boy and he can be quite naughty. He’s a stallion and makes mistakes because he thinks for himself too much. Although he is seven this is only his second competition. He can do higher level movements but we are taking him out to give him a nice time now and hope to qualify him at both novice and elementary for the summer regionals.

Eventer Annie Ho, who competed in affiliated dressage for the first time earlier this month, scored 67.93% to win the elementary 45 gold section with her 2014 Asian Games eventing partner Baxo. Annie, who now produces horses for read more…

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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...

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Out and Away: Southern riders versus the Small Tour world

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Natasha plays an ace and has two more up her sleeve

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