F&I Day 20th May 2019 with Judy Harvey

Ann Bostock wanted help with the canter work for her 18yr old RoR. Judy addressed this by helping the horse to become more comfortable in his surroundings and worked to get him supple around Ann’s leg. This enabled him to let go in all three paces and lessened the need to ride him so forward.

Jenny Ward brought her big, beautiful 13yr old who she is competing at Inter 1.
Judy initially worked on improving the horse’s reaction to the leg, as opposed to him offering speed, which made his hind legs participate in propelling and carrying his frame forwards.
Judy provided assistance from the ground with the piaffe and passage, asking Jenny to work with a slightly longer and lower neck for throughness.

Mandy Luesley rode Betty, her home bred 6yr old mare, with whom she had achieved 69% at Novice the day before.
Judy improved the mare’s basic way of going by finding balance in a slower tempo, developing straightness on an inner track and reaction to a lighter leg aid.

Sarah Stewart rode Polly whom she had bought as 4yr old. The mare is now 14, and they are competing at Inter 1.
Sarah wanted help with the canter pirouettes, during which the mare was rushing and losing balance.
Judy addressed control, making Sarah responsible for steering, and wanted less effort from Sarah managing the horse. This allowed the mare to find her own balance and take her own responsibility for maintaining the canter.
On the left rein mare ran onto the inside leg, turning too quickly. Judy had her taking a couple of pirouette steps left, then turning right out of it into counter canter. The mare learned to wait for instructions rather than anticipating the movement and improved her balance.
In the passage, Judy included a couple of steps of medium trot between the passage periods, to teach the mare range of movement as well as create energy.

Elizabeth Allen brought Harry, a 7yr old, who was only backed at 5.5. She had taken him to the Nationals at Novice last year, and has qualified him for the Medium Regionals with 67%, recently achieving two Advanced Mediums of 68%.

Liza rode through a serpentine with changes. Right to left was balanced and clear; left to right, the horse twisted. Judy helped create new bend by over-curving each loop, fitting 6 loops into the arena rather that 4, which helped the balance.

Harry twisted at the poll in shoulder-in right. Judy corrected this by removing the bend and putting the horse on an increased angle without bend in order to gain control of the shoulders and straighten him.

Judy said that Harry is an enthusiastic horse, who needs to learn to wait so that he doesn’t drag the rider through the movements and lose balance. He hasn’t currently got the strength to manage his own power, which creates the twisting through the crest.

Sam Champney-Warrener and Sarah Stewart both coached sessions in the afternoon with Judy’s staff and schoolmasters. These led to many good discussion points and suggested exercises in order to improve each partnership.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, and the sun shone throughout! Thank you to Judy for hosting and Ann for organising.

Report by Dan Spencer and Melissa Troup

F&I course walk – Badminton 2019

Friday morning was bright and clear with a chilly wind as 14 members and their guests set off for an insight to Eric Winters’ imposing XC course, running in a clockwise direction, with Nick Turner FBHS.

This year Nick promised us that it wouldn’t be a “route march”, but our fit group managed to overtake two other groups on the way!!

The first four fences set the horses and riders up for what was to come later, and it was at fence 10 that the first real question came. Most horses are used to going under roofs at this level, but the bank was fairly steep and short to a “coffin” ditch and then either the left or right uphill options of logs – although straight on through the gap looked easily the most inviting. 

Then it was on to the middle section of the course where questions came thick and fast and you had to be able to adjust the canter without losing the power.

Nick described the direct routes, and also where the softer routes were, if horse and or riders had lost a bit of confidence. Once the lake was behind you Nick said that Eric had really then tried to get riders home safely, providing they were sensible and didn’t try to make up time if the horse was tired. 

On Saturday the top combinations made it look like a Pony Club course and even those that had a problem or mishap didn’t look as though they had been over-faced, just a lack of control and/or communication, or simply mis-understanding the question.

As always Nick’s experience of riding and training at the level shines through, answering all of our queries and concerns and making us truly understand how much of a partnership there is at this level for horses to trust us to keep galloping and jumping for 12 minutes over 33 fences and a minimum of 48 jumping efforts.
Many thanks to Nick for a wonderful course-walk and a great insight into the minds of the course-builder, rider and horse.

Report by Ann Bostock

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Dear Member

What a fantastic start to 2019! Two fabulous days in the company of Corrine Bracken and Adam Kemp at the newly refurbished Addington Manor EC. What more could one ask for? Those who rode went from strength to strength and for those of us watching there just weren’t enough pages in the notebook nor enough time in each day to get from arena to arena. The reports have been written, posted out and read so here’s to next year with the same two Coaches. I must thank Ann (Bostock) it is she who pulls together this magnificent two days each year, we just bathe in the wonderment as pearls of wisdom drop into our laps. I should not, of course, forget the sumptuous dinner – four courses – and the community singing led by the ever-indefatigable Tim Downes.

Whilst the daffodils have taken a battering recently, I notice primroses and anemones peaking out along the banks and the wild garlic is springing up, so it must be Spring. March brings us to the National Equine Forum held as usual at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers 1 Birdcage Walk near to St James’ Park. Even the address is interesting as is this lovely building. I was lucky enough to be sponsored by the F&l Assoc this year along with Sam C W and there, for BHS, was Oonagh Meyer who wrote the most interesting report afterwards, thanks Oonagh. lt’s been years since l’ve been to the NEF and a fair time since l’ve battled on my own with London’s Underground, but I managed it and how glad am I that I did. As you’ll see in Oonagh’s report there were very interesting speakers throughout the day. With Ann’s blessing I have invited Dr Andrew Hemmings to come to the Annual Dinner next year as his research on Equine Stereotypic Behaviour certainly threw a different light on the subject, as you may have seen in the article in Horse & Hound (L4/O312O79) about this presentation.
You can’t get far into a new year without something happening at Wellington Riding and it did. True to form David (Sheerin) pulls out of his hat another day of pure enjoyment for both the riders and spectators under the tutelage of Caroline Moore FBHS. Caroline is such a dynamic Coach and appears with some of her own portable fences like a whirling dervish. lf you don’t have access to the F&l Facebook (FB) page then do try to find a member who has, the photographs and videos put up by David give a complete flavour of all that took place.

20th March 2019
Does it stop there? No, it does not! Take a look at the F&l web site and you’ll find more dates, here’s a few:
Course Walks Badminton & Burghley
The Judy Harvey Day in May
May. Amy Bannister Bell has something planned – sure to be to do with racing.
25th June Trip to lreland
Ladies Day at Hickstead in August.
The Pammy Hutton Day in September
September 2-3 day Camp at Wellington Riding
December – who would like to go to Olympia? Let me know.

All these dates will be re-advertised on a regular basis as Alison keeps you informed via emails, FB and the web page.
And there’s more? Yes, so please who can organise something in their area?

ls this the time to tell you we have a new Rep for Scotland Jen Burnett? There now Jen ye will be sure to have to organise something now!

At this time of the year the annual insurance rears it’s ugly head. I must ask all organisers to put past our Treasurer Debbie (Follett) their costings for the ‘events’ they intend to run prior to advertising. Whilst the Annual Course is sponsored by the Association it would be helpful if other days broke even or added just a little to the coffers, and that should come from the fees charged to non- members NOT to members. Debbie is in touch with the lnsurance Company as I type checking the number of days, we have cover for, and increasing that number and so the fee.

Once you’ve decided on your ‘day’ then our Secretary Alison (Craig) will send you the Organisers pack and Alison or myself are on hand to advise on any queries regarding this pack. lt has EVERYTHING you’ll need, (well l think so) from horse and rider registers to advice notes re photography to accident report forms etc. lt comes via email and you can reclaim f20 towards printing and paper from Debbie.

So, as my local farmer would say” Come on now Lads will ye ever be getting tings on fire in your yard”

My thanks to all report writers, if you would send them to Alison on a.d.craig99@me.com and myself on then between us we can ensure it goes to Sam CW for the FB page, Sally Newcomb for the web page and Ali will press the button and send it out to all members. I feel we should be aware not all members use the FB page but all members wish to read about what’s going on.

As a reminder the F&l Associations FB page is a closed page. Between Debbie and Sam members are added as they pay their membership fee and apply to join the page.
There is a committee meeting planned for May so please send any thoughts regarding F&l to Alison and myself so we can itemise them for that meeting.

Sadly, as so many of you are aware, Clarissa Dawson lost her battle with cancer on Saturday 9th March. Donn Collins has written a very special obituary for Clarissa, it can be seen on FB, the web page and should come to you by email, as will the information regarding her funeral.

Finally, it just remains for me to say have a good Spring and Summer, coaching and competing with our good friend The Horse.

Best wishes Jillie

Report from Wellington, 15th March

What a fantastic day we had at Wellington on Friday,  courtesy of David of course!  We were all very pleased to be using the fantastic indoor facilities on such a windy day!

All I can say is ‘wow’ – so many exercises and so much to take in.  The hour’s lessons were jam packed – each different to suit the different levels of horses.

Caroline brought a selection of ‘cavaletti’ jumps,  skinny brushes and shoulder brushes with her which were all used throughout the day.  Our group firstly rode the ‘square’ exercise with parallel poles on the sides of the square to really emphasise the straightness   ” look for the outside cheek piece ” and keeping the jump to the canter.

We then progressed to exercises incorporating the cavaletti style jumps as bounces. The bounces were used a lot throughout the day – encouraging the horses to stretch their backs and making them more athletic.  I would like to add that I think our group was the only one who had to jump these bounces without our stirrups – no one complained and no one fell off!

The bounce exercises were combined with dog legs to square parallels – aiming  to ride on a forward stride  ( moving away from the bounces  so the horse gets in deeper  to the  oxer)  then progressing  from the bounces  with a dog leg to a skinny brush and then the bounces to a corner on a tighter line. 

Another exercise we rode was an oxer to a skinny brush to another oxer  all on a related distance – straightness was the key again.  Emphasis was also  on riding straight after the fences for 3 strides and then working the horse for 20/30 seconds on the flat to finish.   ‘Always think there is another fence on landing,  even when there isn’t,  so you don’t collapse on landing.’

I was also in the last session of the day where we worked down a grid – built up of bounces  to an oxer to two skinny brushes to an oxer then bounces – this definitely took some concentration. 

The shoulder brushes and skinny brushes were used for the ‘big boys’.  All jumped on angles with a stride in between – how easy they all made it look!

Time and time again,  you heard Caroline say ‘look up’ and ‘ keep your outside rein so the horse stays straight’  .

To top it all Caroline  gave us an insight to the World Equestrian Games  with some great photos – not mentioning the one of Dickie Waygood  sitting on the toilet!  The weather was very challenging in Tyron and the timings of the warm ups etc were crucial with the high humidity levels out there .  This was followed by a lovely  hot lunch provided by Wellington.

What more could anyone ask for  ?!

Report by Nicole Biggs