Report from Northern Training Day, Myerscough – with Judy Harvey FBHS 

As we have come to expect, Judy Harvey delivered an excellent day. Horses varied from 4 year olds just starting out, to two horses moving into Advanced Medium and working on changes.
The International Arena at Myerscough is indeed a fantastic setting. I had done a deal with the College that we could use the school in return for their equine staff attending the day. This arrangement worked well and helped keep the participant costs down.
Judy concentrated on the basics and “round and down” was the order of the day for warming up. With the 4 year old horse Judy emphasised that the horse must go off the leg with much less effort from the rider. Straightness was stressed throughout the other sessions and a simple comment to ride the changes more forward helped a lot. Judy’s real strength above other dressage trainers lies in the fact that she is also a rider trainer. It was refreshing to hear her correcting riders, and no one was exempt from her eagle eye, including the two F and I members who rode!
The audience was very much involved – although many commented that they had no need to ask questions as Judy was so clear! As usual though it was a pity that only 4 members of the F and I Association were able to attend – however those who made it thoroughly enjoyed their day. Thank you Judy, and thank you Myerscough!
30th October 2008 (report from Sue Pimbley)

Autumn Newsletter 2008

Dear Members

Once again, I find myself drafting another autumn newsletter. Where does the time go? The last training day with Kenneth Clawson and Peter Murphy was inspiring and well attended and we have another training day further north on October 30 th at Myerscough with Judy Harvey to look forward to (please contact Sue Pimbley for details etc 01253 701014)

Many congratulations to our new Is and welcome to your free year’s membership to the F & I Association. We all look forward to seeing you at our training days and of course at our Annual Course in January using the superb facilities at Addington.

We wish those intrepid travellers forging their way to the October Fellowship exam all the best of luck. Taking part is great but winning is even better!

We enclose a booking form for our Annual Course at Addington, and we’re delighted to welcome – again – the brilliant Carl Hester and Di Lampard. Remember to book stabling for yourselves and your horses to enable you to stay the night and enjoy our AGM and Annual Dinner. Please book early – why not fill in the form right now and send it off…

Also we are updating our database and keeping better track of who has and hasn’t paid their membership dues. So PLEASE fill in the Membership Renewal Form for 2009 and confirm your membership status to us, and, while you’re at it, why not take a few copies and encourage every other F and I you see to fill one in too? More forms are also available on our excellent and informative website.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Course, if not before.

Yours sincerely

William

William Blane FBHS, Chairman, F&I Association