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  1. September

    Wow this year is flying by… September has been another great month. I have been busy teaching weekly at two centres and also freelance clients. As well as helping re-school some lovely horses. I have also been looking at expanding LR Eventing however initial set up costing’s proving daunting.

    I would like to take this opportunity to officially announce the retirement from eventing of my top horse Welton Wizard. I am heartbroken by the decision as he is just phenomenal across country. He is showing signs of recovering well from this tendon injury and is enjoying mooching around in the field.

    Wizard is one of a kind and I am so glad I had the opportunity to compete him. Below are some photos of us competing at Aston-Le-Walls & Little Downham International 2012.

     

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     Little Downham International 2012 - Last Fence

     

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    Aston - Le- Wall 2012 Hedge/drop fence

     

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    Aston - Le - Walls 2012 Fence 5

     

    Well I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some big news to share with you all however its not looking as hopefull as I first thought. Any investers out there do contact me!

    Remember I am available for tuition so please contact me to book a lesson and take advantage of my first lesson offer. Feel free to call me on 07702708784 to see how I can help you & your horse. A text from a client this weekend after their first ever dressage competition "Good Morning. Delighted XXXXX got a third with a 60.9% then realised on the way home the score had been added up wrong! Actually was 65.2% so now even more delighted. A big thank you to all the hard work you put in."

    I would love to hear your thoughts on LR Eventing so please email in and get in touch. 

    Laura Xx

  2. August 2012

     

    Just like July; August has come and gone in a bit of a blur. Thankfully however being so busy has taking my mine off the heart-breaking news about Wiz – who is now happily grazing at home.

     

    I spent 2 weeks House sitting for a small event yard which was great – I even managed a catch ride around the Novice BE at Shelford Horse Trials (Report coming to News pages soon). Following this I also had been grooming for the same yard at the Pony Club Champs which took place in the beautiful grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, also Shelford & Milton Keynes BE events. I had a fabulous time although I must confess competing is far more fun!

     

    As well as this I have been really busy with the local Pony Clubs teaching at rallies and freelance. It has been so rewarding and fulfilling to see the riders and ponies progress so much in a short space of time.

     

    Though with- out any horses it looks like my season could be over before it really got going. I plan to use this time to get in more training and of course start horse shopping … the only problem is my taste and my budget doesn’t go together. Syndicate?!

     

    Of course the month ended with the Burghley Horse Trials taking place just up the road. Impressively I managed to go all 4 days and not spent too much! It was a fabulous result although I was rooting for Sinead Halpin to win – what a XC performance!

     

    Hopefully September will unfold some exciting news – keep an eye out ….

    Laura Xx

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     Left: Me & Alfie enjoying the XC at Keysoe HT   

    Below: Wizard in the paddock at home for the first time (& before he got a smart new rug!)

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  3. July

    The weeks have flown by I can hardly remember the start. Of course, my birthday however now is less on an event (getting old!) but I love that I still receive lots of new horsey gear – thanks everyone!

    The main highlight was Aston-Le-Walls BE Event! My first ever Novice (always scary) especially when Aston is renowned for it’s up to height tracks.

    Thanks to more (yes more) rain the going was deep and it was questionable whether it would run. Thankfully after Friday the sun shone and by the time I was to compete on the Monday the going on the XC couldn’t have been better. The show jumping was on a lovely surface; surprisingly it was the dressage arenas that were not so good. In fact horses where losing shoes.

    I decided to throw away my dressage mark to save Wiz and went on the inside track! Surprised by my score of 38 as I didn’t try and was very conservative and careful where Wiz put his feet selecting the best ground possible – was certainly not accurate. Though it was a shame Wiz had been going amazingly on the flat and I’m sure it would have been a 28 (or lower) if the ground allowed me to really ride it. There was some good dressage marks coming through from those who ran earlier in the day or happy with muddy conditions.

    Next was the Show jumping: it was an up to height beefy looking 1.10 (with 2 fences at 1.15m) a treble & a double combinations, as well as some tricky lines. Also being in an arena the jumps came up fast. Wiz tanked we into the second an oxer so of course we had the front rail; next was a one strided double of uprights (which had caused plenty of problems with spooky fillers) here I overrode and asked Wiz to waited too much, ending up under it. Wiz being a pro still jumped but resulting in both down ahhh thankfully we pulled it together and jumped the next 9 fences beautifully. Was a shame but overall a good round.

    The cross country was causing problems particularly at the first water. I have never seen a fence like it. The best way to describe it was a steep up/down V slop with a jump right on the top & water at the bottom. From fence 3 the course looked huge with 4 of the fences featuring on the intermediate course too. I will confess I didn’t walk right up to the table as I didn’t want to see how wide it was! Also there was a beefy pair of corners on a curving line after a long galloping stretch I was worried about (wizard doesn’t like slowing and we could easily run past the second like at Little Downham Event) I should not have been concerned Wiz was insanely amazing!!! I felt I rode the best I ever have & our partnership together was second to none. I completely trusted Wiz and barely took a pull round the whole course – we were flying! It was the best 4 and a half minutes ever & I’ll never forget it. Wiz was so fit, happily skipped round and was hardly puffing as we crossed the line!! Woohooo

    Picture Fence 4 Hedge/drop Aston – Le – Walls 2012

     

    ASton 2 XC

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    June 2012

    Another supporter for LR Eventing … Global Herbs! Their fantastic products can be brought online – please see my Links page. I also am featured on Prime Equine’s Riders to Follow 2012!

    June has been such a busy month – with so much to write about I’m not sure where to start. Hopefully you have read about Babykins first show via my News page. He was such a poppet I was so please with him.

    Team LR Eventing headed back to Little Downham International Event for another crack at the BE100 Open class – resulting in a 4th place! Scoring a nice mark of 30 in the Dressage, 4 faults to add Show Jumping & a Clear inside the time Cross Country! Finally it felt like another amazing event but we had a bit of luck too with a placing. A huge thank you to my trainer Malcolm for helping me warm up in the Dressage phase and supporting me throughout!  Next time out is scheduled to be Milton Keynes with a run at Novice.

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    Stepping up seemed a little daunting mainly as me and Wizard have not had much technical training for the tricky cross country combinations. So we headed up to Vale View for a lesson with Caroline Moore – she was amazing and so helpful. Plus we had some lovely compliments on how much we had improved since she had last seen us months ago. Our partnership is really starting to come together and I am so proud to have the ride on Wizard. I also owe our improvement to Julia Dungworth & Malcolm Holthausen who have been coaching me on jumping & flat. Caroline says we need to work on ‘the 3 before the last 3’ which means keeping rhythm & balance on the 3 strides before the 3 strides before a fence. I tend to set a good canter & rhythm but with being so keen Wizard often disturbs this I need to practise keeping him quite without over riding. We warmed up over some show jumping then headed for the XC style jumps riding some tricky lines. A failed first attempt landed me in trouble as Caroline says it’s not about looking pretty it’s about getting from A to B – so I got it together and we did it! Third time we did the combinations with plenty of style too!

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    Following this we Show jumped at Keysoe (see News page for report) as Milton Keynes then Buckminster Events where cancelled. With my season all messed up I hope we can get a run soon.

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    July & my Birthday looming, I’m really hoping it will bring sunshine – when will our next event be … Keep an eye out!

    Laura Xx