1st event of the season entered…

I have just logged off the Ann Allen page having placed my Intro entry for Tweseldown on 15th March! I used my March ballot sticker so fingers crossed we get in. Eeeeeeeeeeeeke I’m so excited about this season, it seems to have been a long time coming round again. Below is a pic of Soap and I last year at the Tweseldown unaff’ ODE, he looks pretty stylish in this pic, but you should have seen the other one which we didn’t buy!

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Persistance pays off

I have been promoting my blog online and offline, virally and via mail outs for the last 3 months. I have had just under 1000 visits in the last week from places as far a field as Indianapolis, Argentina, Munich, Bucharest, and even Zagreb! Today I got my first offer of sponsorship, and needless to say I was a little overexcited! I had a lovely email from Angie at Mountain Horse who has offered me some fab Mountain Horse products. I can’t wait to get the goodies and try them out, and I was really buoyed up by the comments…

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We have lift off!

The abscess has been poulticed and medicated into submisison and Soap now has a full compliment of shoes back on I am really looking forward to my jumping lesson this weekend with Liz Peerless, will have to get a few schooling sessions in this week after work as he has had 4 days off but he is pretty fit so I’m sure he will be fine. Will try and get some pics of the lesson and post them asap

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Time on my hands?…

With Soap off games due to his abscess I turned my attention to my feed shed which was getting a little out of control. Above are some pics of the make over. His foot is looking much better after, poultices, hot tubbing with saline solution, and hydrogen peroxide, fingers crossed we can get a shoe back on this week.

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Sod’s law

I have started ramping up the training schedule for Soap in preparation for Tweseldown in March. I just bought his BE season ticket, and booked us a place on a BE CDT day at West Wilts, and this Sunday I had some showjumping planned. In preparation for this I joined the H&H forum to ask for tips on getting an improved tuck over fences, and how to make him slow his jump down. I got some fab advice such as trying grids on a curve, and jumping from walk which I couldn’t wait to try out on Saturday before the…

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Inspiration & perspiration

A little inspiration from H&H… I saw this in the village shop and had to get it. The article really strikes a chord. I think John Price hits the nail on the head when he said “Where else can I chase an Olympian round a field” I don’t know of any other sport where your professional idols are so accessible, and where you can compete on equal terms with them. It’s magic I guess I should have seen it coming when I bought a horse called ‘Playing Dirty’. Above is a litte ‘before’ and ‘after’ of what can be achieved…

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Change of sponsor…well not really…

My very first sponsor www.ridemyhorse.co.uk has been rebranded. They have relaunched as www.equineadverts.co.uk. The importance of a good url to drive more traffic was the reason for this re-brand. Promotional activity for them had been put on hold due to the re-brand but now it’s launched we can get going again. I am always looking for more sponsors, the more the merrier! So if you would like more details please get in touch.

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6am start & freezing rain, worth it for 9th?…

We set off for some more dressage last Sunday, and I’m still weighing up the pros and cons of pushing on through despite the awful weather!… We had just the one prelim to do and despite my best efforts Soap really wasn’t ‘feeling it’ in the warm up. The freezing rain was pelting us, and every time we ventured past the hedge that sheltered us in half the arena he adopted the opposite bend in order to hide from the rain. The test was indoors but he was unsettled and noisy, and he broke his left lead canter because a…

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