Friday, June 29, 2012
I am very proud to say that the 'Hanoverian Hurricane' stepped up and produced another fantastic dressage test today. Mike Barisone warmed me up to perfection this afternoon at Barbury international CIC *** and Remi went in the ring and put forth a great test that was nearly as good as his performance at Bromont.
He is placed 3rd behind Andrew Nicholson in 1st, and Jocko, 'the bricky from Campbelltown (link)' Paget in 2nd. Remi is on a score of 43 in a red hot field of many Olympic contenders. It was great to have Ron and Densey here cheering him on at one of his final competitions in a sensational career that has taken him to competitions in seven different countries.
Tomorrow is another day with the jumping. The show jumping course will be tough, with a course design that is built over undulating ground. I believe all three of my horses should jump clear if I ride them well.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The mandatory outing at Barbury Castle is underway. For the leader board click here.
We had a good start to Barbury with Nev and Otis in the dressage today. Both horses have gotten better and better with every training session with my personal dressage coach Michael Barisone . Big Mike has been great helping me work the horses this week, working on their softness and suppleness.
Nev was on first thing this morning and put in a great test that was similar to his test at Bromont. He was precise, accurate and pretty fancy. The best factor about the test was how calm and rideable he was.
Otis is also getting better and better also with every outing. He was better than Nev in the trot, but was a little greener in the canter, which cost a couple of points. All in all, I am very happy with the Flying Frenchman today, as he was a little more settled than during his last test at Bromont.
Tomorrow Remi is on last thing in the afternoon. The plan is to turn him loose and put in a dazzler....
|Neville schooling dressage|
|Otis and Lindsey|
|Otis schooling dressage|
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|Kymmy catches some Z's|
I rode Stately, Rosa, Domino Effect, Vanderbild and Elite Pharis. Amy rode her mare Constantina, ("Cece").
Kymmy showed Comet for the first time this weekend in third level and she did a great job. The first test went well with just a few little bobbles. Kymmy had to get a feel for Comet in the ring, and the next test on Sunday was much, much better and they finished fifth!
This was only the third show for Amy together and PVDA is a big show with big classes and a lot of competition. Amy and Cece have come such a long way together and they are really starting to get a bond. Cece is the best little mare and she is perfect for Amy. They finished fifth with a 63% in training 2 on Saturday and scored 67% on Sunday in training 2 and finished eighth.
|Amy and Cece|
I showed Domino Effect for Jacky Kinny. Jacky injured her leg falling of a young horse and asked me if I could ride Domino for a while. Since I have been riding him at home we decided it would be fun to take him to the show, and FUN it was! Domino is one of those horses that everybody looks for but cannot find. He is a true gentleman and has so much talent. I loved riding him in the show ring! He did not put a foot wrong in both fourth level tests; we won on both days with 71%.
|Stately with Cheryl|
|Stately with owner Faye Woolf|
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Training in England is going well with the US team. All of the horses look like they have shipped well, and are in good form for next week's final outing.
On Saturday the team of horses all galloped at Jackdaws Castle in Gloucester. It was an amazing farm with a choice of all weather gallops that are usually used for the horses that are in training with race trainer Jonjo O'Niell.
Remi, Neville and Otis trotted up the shorter hill once and then did one slow canter, then a faster canter up the big hill.
More photos coming soon...