New committee members

Jillie Rogers, is delighted to announce that both Sam York and David Sheerin have accepted the Committee’s invitation to join the F&I Committee.   They will be co-opted at the next meeting which is dated for 1stAugust at Ladies Day Hickstead, time to be advised, and officially voted on at the 2016 AGM.

The Royal Dublin Horse Show & Hickstead

Tickets for The Royal Dublin Horse Show Ladies Day August 6th should be booked with Jillie Rogers now.  Her client will provide tickets for that day for F&I members which will include entry to the Judges & Stewards enclosure for the various Event Horse Classes in the morning.  We will then have supper in a different restaurant to last year – this will be to thank Joan for her generosity.

Hickstead – more information will be available next week but please diary date 1st August as Ladies Day with lunch in the BHS enclosure viewing the main ring.

See the events page for information re both the above

Report from the Judy Harvey Training Day

The training day with Judy Harvey was very well attended considering the weather!!  Judy and her husband Malcolm landed back from the States on Sunday afternoon and drove straight to the yard and put up two gazeebos after listening to the weather forecast which for once was correct.

Monday morning dawned……… very wet. As we all know riding is an outdoor sport and there was not one complaint as Ann on two horses, Gemma and Nikki got wet when they rode.

Nikki’s session seemed to go on for quite a long time and when Judy came to ride the sun came out……. well planned!

It was good to see some new faces at this day with some having made a 4 hour journey to be there.

As always Judy was very clear in the basic way of going with all the riders and horses using exercises to suit the very different types .

She then carried this on in her own riding with the harmony being at the forefront.

We then had two brave people who coached Judy’s students and were given useful, constructive feedback.

Many thanks as always to Judy, her staff and Malcolm

Report by Ann Bostock BHSI

Carl Hester Day date change

The new date for the Carl Hester Day is Friday 21st August,  anyone who has sent a cheque and cannot make the new date can text Andrew to destroy or return their cheque.  Full details on the Events page.

Report from a training day in Scotland with Patrick Print FBHS

TRAINING THE DRESSAGE HORSE 

THE F & I PERSPECTIVE

Monday 11 May 2015

It is many years since the F & I Association held anything in Scotland so it is not surprising that the Scottish membership has dwindled.  It was great therefore that Erik Mackechnie in conjunction with BHS Scotland has given it a kick start to set it in motion again.

Patrick Print FBHS very kindly agreed to host the day and Gail Smith very generously offered the use of her wonderful indoor arena in order for the group to spend the day watching some great riders and horses go through their paces.  Georgia Burns on her young horse Ralph demonstrated novice level dressage work and the day progressed through the levels.  Georgia also rode an elementary horse called Rolex on which Patrick worked on her ability to develop her suppleness and position to encourage the horse to move more under her seat particularly in the canter. The spectators were encouraged to get involved and Patrick invited suggestions and comments with regard to the way the horse was going.  With our select group of coaches there was great interaction and everyone got involved discussing the issues which arose with each horse and rider.  It was great to share ideas and interesting that on the whole everyone was “singing off the same hymn sheet” when it came to trying to improve the partnerships.

Patrick’s quiet sympathetic approach was ideal for the competition horses and the riders were very generous and open minded in their willingness to join in and experiment with the suggestions offered. Our other riders were Olivia Wilmot on Sting a novice level BE horse and a 3* horse called Zebedee who was going to compete at Chatsworth this coming weekend.  It was interesting to see how Patrick worked with this latter combination giving great consideration to the fact that Olivia was about to compete and therefore did not want to do anything to upset the partnership but just offer some helpful pointers.  Deborah Christie rode her advanced medium horse Vriend which had a few old behavioural issues.  Deborah was very tactful in her handling of this horse and Patrick demonstrated how to work with more complicated horses without causing further problems.  Deborah also rode a Grand Prix horse called Leander.   Obviously riders of this calibre and experience have their own ideas and knowledge as well as their own regular coaches so it was very much appreciated that they agreed to participate and Patrick demonstrated exceptionally well how to work with higher level competition riders and develop that all important rapport.

Over lunch it was a lovely opportunity to catch up with old friends and the concensus of opinion was that the day had been a great success.  It was good to be able to attend a training day that was aimed at higher level coaches and coaching skills and was thoroughly worthwhile attending.  Future events are sure to be supported as this group left very enthusiastic and keen to do more.

Report written by Diana Zajda BHSI