Carl Hester Day 19 August 2014

Organised by Andrew Fletcher BHSI

On Tuesday 19th August a “large” group of F and I members and some of their guests were treated to a truly inspirational demonstration of HAPPY horses enjoying their work with superb horsemanship from the maestro Carl and his riders: Charlotte, Katherine. Amy and Katie.

Carl, with his lovely sense of humour, led us through his training philosophy from the young horse to Grand Prix. We were privileged to watch 6 horses with different temperaments, conformation and training plans. The horses definitely had an aura of “WE LOVE BEING HERE!” The convivial surroundings with dogs, hens and guinea fowl greatly enhanced the relaxed atmosphere.

Carl explained that he buys 2 y o horses with 3 good expressive paces and a workable temperament. The aim is to produce horses to compete at Grand Prix. Of course not all get there but the outlay has not been huge initially. Remember a huge walk not desirable for future collection. The trot can be developed. The horse’s ability to shorten and sit is even more important with the emphasis on piaffe in GP Test. An uphill canter is important.

The mechanics of the horse’s structure and movement (hock and knee) must allow a good moment of suspension. The horse must have self- motivation and want to go! Read more Carl Hester Day 19 August 2014

Céad míle fáilte Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show

Boats, trains, planes and automobiles, but no horses, were all used as means of transport to get members of the BHS F&I association and their guests to the recent Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.  Style was to be seen everywhere, our party included, and thanks to the very kind arrangements made by Joan O’Connor, we were allowed to use the judges and stewards box and felt rather like VIP’S with ring side seats at the main arena for the day.

Most of our party met early to watch the jumping phase of the young event horse classes. These were divided into small, 4 yr old and 5 year old classes. Horses have tough competition to qualify over the spring and summer to reach the Dublin finals. There were a lot of quality horses on view with the obvious influence of continental blood being injected into the Irish breeding program so as to meet the demands of the modern sporting animal. It was nice to see good mares competing and we all agreed the winner of the 5 year olds, OBOS Impressive, a mare by  OBOS Quality 004, did indeed live up to her name and was indeed impressive. Read more Céad míle fáilte Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show

F&I Visit To R.I.H.S At Hickstead  Ladies Day 2nd August 2014

Our group had a very pleasant day which started off as we meant to carry on in the BHS Hospitality Box with teas, coffees and biscuits. We were ably looked after throughout the day by Eamon and Nigel the catering staff who also and most importantly did the washing up.

We watched a variety of Championship Judging Classes that included Hack, Ladies Hunters, Miniature Horses and Scurry Driving.

After an early lunch we then walked the Queen Elizabeth Cup Course with the renowned Judge Alan Jones. It was immediately obvious it was up to height (1.50m) and imposing, leaving little room for rider error. I was surprised to note a slight gradient to the arena which is not apparent on the television. Read more F&I Visit To R.I.H.S At Hickstead  Ladies Day 2nd August 2014

Summer Newsletter 2014

Dear All

I have realised that time has marched on and that I’ve not yet sent you any form of correspondence re the F&I Association’s continued successful 2014.

Since the Annual Convention many events have been organised by busy people, which have then been coached and attended by many very busy people. Other busy people have then found the time to write reports which have been published on Facebook and where possible the Web page and sent out in email form by Di Roberts our hard working secretary.

I know I’ll never remember all of those days however here’s just a flavour of what the Fellows & Instructors Association has put on so far this year.

We started the year in March with the National Equine Forum in London attended by Carole Bennitt and myself. We felt very grown up in our smart ‘London attire’ travelling across the city for a very interesting day.

There have been training days in different establishments with a variety of themes and Coaches. All have proved to be informative and the reports written have given us all a flavour of what is available, not only to ourselves but other equestrians.

Course Walks always prove popular and Nick Turner has done two route marches this year. The first at Badminton where his opening words of ‘this is not a course for the faint hearted and won’t be won on the dressage’ proved to be correct. The second at Tattersals, Co Meath where the smaller group of intrepid walkers included Grainne Sugars by ‘buggy’

Jeanette Brakewell gave a Cross Country Training Day recently which certainly inspired our members. Whilst Faith Ponsonby organised a return visit to Coolmore Stud to see more of those fabulous stallions. The great Gallileo walked out and viewed us with a certain disdain!! This was followed by lunch in McCarthy’s pub Fethard and a visit to the large veterinary hospital nearby.

This brings me to the sticky subject of report writing. Those people who organise these days for us should not then be expected to write a report. If you are the lucky person asked to take on this task please please do it as soon as you can, with some photographs if possible as it makes such a difference to our continuing presence in the equestrian world. Di will email it to all members on her list and it will go to Sam Champney Warrener for the Facebook page and Sally Newcomb for the Web page.

AND THERE’S MORE! Ladies Days at Hickstead and the Royal Dublin Horse Show are very much on the agenda along with Mandy Luesley’s summer BBQ,. There are more Course Walks at Blenheim, Burghley and Ballindenisk Co Cork along with more training days planned before the end of the year.

A specialist day for all Fellows & Instructors at Ingestre Stables is being organised by Tim Downes with Carole Broad and Rob Lovatt with regards to the BHSI qualification and examinations. This is a day open only to F’s & I’s whether or not they are members of the Association. It will be useful for all as we can ride & coach and look at this level of examination.

The longest day has been and gone and here in Co.Wexford the weather (as I type) is fabulous. Then it’s uphill to Christmas!

See you at the Annual Convention at Addington in January 2015.

Good Competing and time spent with our Equine Friend.