We had our first horsescotland Training with Cancun for 2 days at the end of January. Day 1 we had a jumping session with John Ledingham working on pole work, shortening and lengthening strides and lots of jumping exercises. I need to work on my position on the horse making sure I am keeping my lower leg in position before, during and after the fence which John showed me some simple tricks to help me work on that. We also had a flatwork session with Eric MacKechnie on day 1. Cancun tends to rush so Eric was working with me to slow the pace down, making the horse use himself properly. He also taught me a very simple but effective exercise using lots small circles within a large circle which I now use with all my horses at home.
On day 2 at horsescotland training, I had a fitness session with Lauren from Equestrian 24 Fitness which was very interesting to know I have maintained the same level of fitness since our induction day in December. I also had a physio session with Robyn from Outline Vet Physio. During the ridden sessions, we were videoed by Andrew Gebbie wearing special stripped tops so we could watch it back with Robyn to see how straight we are on the horse and what areas we need to work on. Between Robyn and Lauren, they gave me lots of simple exercises to work on at home few times a week to become stronger. In the afternoon, we got another ridden session with John and Eric. Eric used the same exercise with us but we then took it even further and making it more difficult adding in plenty of transitions, really making the horse working from underneath himself and listen to me. John started us doing the same pole work and jumping exercise but Andrew was videoing us with our special stripped tops on which showed how our position was over the fence. We then jumped some big technical courses preparing us for the bigger tracks.
I had an amazing 2 days with the full team, learning lots about my horse and myself. I am really looking forward to our next training days with the horsescotland Team in March.
We went to SNEC at the beginning of February for the first of the RHS Qualifiers. We had a bit of a 4-fault weekend for both horses, Cancun was fastest 4 faults in the RHS Amateur Qualifier and finished 5th. He was also 6th in the 1.30m. My horse Cleo which Mark Turnbull rides for me won the RHS B&C Qualifier which will be the biggest class she will have ever jumped.
I am pleased to announce I have a new sponsor, Kathryn Prentice Veterinary Physiotherapist. She will be looking after my horses over the next season keeping them in top condition to be able to perform at their best. I am look forward to working with her.
I took a weekend off and went out to watch the show jumping at the Costa del Sol Tour in Mijas, Spain. I would really like to do one of these tours at some point so was good to see what it was like and watch some of my friends compete out there too.
Our last show in February was at Ingliston Country Club for RHS Qualifiers and horses jumped great all weekend. Con was unlucky having fastest time both days in the 1x15m but fence down. Cancun was 4th in the 1.15m and jumped a fabulous round in the RHS Classic Qual finishing 3rd but only top 2 qualify.
We have spent the last weekend in February preparing for a very exciting trip to Le Mans, France with Con and Cancun. I received a message from friends who we went to Dinard, France with asking if we wanted to go to Boulerie Jump in Le mans, France with them as there was International Amateur classes I could jump, so we are heading there for first weekend in March.
We have some exciting things coming up in March including a trip to Le Mans, France, then back home for the category 3 show at Morris EC for Hickstead Qualifiers and a trip to Aberdeen for some RHS Qualifiers. Also, very excited to have HorseScotland training at the end of the month too. I look forward to sharing all our results in my next blog.