Turning a hoof to stressage – our first Prelim Tests at the Laurel View Charity Show.

Between my blog post about the LV Jump X win (which you can read by clicking here), Tobias had to be officially retired from ridden work – no hacking, just a field ornament.

This led to us having a major tack sale including his saddle…and my mum very kindly let buy a dressage saddle with the money (see the Facebook post by clicking here).

After numerous lessons, and lots of preparation, we were ready to hit the Laurel View Charity stressage dressage raising money for Aware NI on July 16th, 2017.

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A belated blog: a WIN at Laurel View Jump X in June.

Slap on the wrist for me for my absolutely AWFUL time management skills at updating this blog. In my defence, a hell of a lot has been going on. But you will find out all about that over my next few blog posts.

Catching up, on June 11th, Bonnie and I headed to the Jump X Challenge at Laurel View Equestrian Centre. The weather was to be desired for with periods of gale force winds (so much so that the X fence had to be changed from planks to a skinny, as the jumps were falling down before people even got to jump them) and bursts of heavy rainfall. Your average summers day in Northern Ireland.

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I MET MARK TODD! TATTERSALLS 2017

As you can probably guess, I was more than a little excited.

I quite literally ran. I don’t run. Ever.

We had made the 104 mile trip down to Tatts to watch the cross country on the Saturday. It was great – we went to the shopping village, I took part in a dog show with Cody, and we were having a really good time. Even got an icecream. But the highlight of the day was, of course, meeting and talking to Mark Todd.

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Retiring your horse of a lifetime – you’ll know when they’re ready. Toby’s Story.

There comes a time with a lot of equestrians when they must ask themselves, “Is he too old to be doing those jumps now? Does he require an easier pace of life?”. This can come at any stage in a horses life. They may have had a successful career for over 15 years, or they may not have even been able to start.

Retiring a horse is not an easy decision, and many factors must be considered before the answer to the question is definitive.
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