Another month has flown by and the eventing season is fast approaching. We have a full yard and some lovely new recruits to get to know – BRIDGE OF DIAMONDS (Harry) a bay Irish-bred16.2hh 5 year old by Romans Diamonds Skip, owned by Mrs Lorna Vaughan has joined us to start his career, a super smart model that I look forward to seeing develops, together with SNAP TO IT (Teddy) a bay 16.1hh 6yo by Jumbo, owned by Mrs Hilary Ponti and I hope to continue his education and look forward to competing him in the spring.

I am very fortunate to be based locally to International dressage rider Emile Faurie and a few weekly sessions have quickly sharpened myself and the horses up, all the horses have progressed and I have been given my fair share to work on! We have been working on the basics and re-establishing them before beginning to look at test movements, ready for the beginning of the eventing season in March. It is a great way to build their fitness and core which benefits the horses overall strength and conditioning.

Freelance event groom Debbie Carpenter has been helping us for the last month, which has been a real treat, as she has so much experience of grooming at all levels of the sport and Debbie was recently nominated for one of the categories of the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards. These awards are a brilliant celebration of all the work that goes on behind the scenes across all the equine disciplines. For Debbie and other hardworking grooms it is a superb recognition of their contribution and dedication towards the sport.

At the end of this month I will a demo rider for the 2018 Home Coaches Day that takes place at the Unicorn Equestrian Trust Centre at Stow on the Wold.

Chris Bartle FBHS, World Class High Performance Coach will work with the demo riders to demonstrate his system that has proven successful at all levels, whilst Jenny Hall MRCVS and Vere Philips plan to look at horses and discuss horse power for the future with focus on how conformation can affect soundness and performance. What should we look for when purchasing a horse with potential to go to top level? When should we compromise and when should we not take the risk.

It will be the first outing of the year for Last Touch – so I may need to hold on tight! Cosmos Du Figiuer will also join me and it will be his first experience of any sort of atmosphere. This will be a great opportunity for him to learn and be able to think without any added pressure and I look forward to reporting back in next month’s blog