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Apologies this is my first post in a while, I’ve had a really busy summer and am now back full time at university.
I have had a great summer with lots of teaching, judging and riding.
Since I finished university for the summer in June, I increased my hours at Shardeloes Farm Equestrian Centre (where I freelance throughout the year) to 4 days a week. It’s such a great set up with lovely facilities, staff and horses. I did a lot of teaching, of all abilities and ages from beginners to advanced, sourced some new horses and even schooled some livery and riding school horses, which is always fun. My AXIWI communication system proved useful throughout, and despite some of the horrid weather we had at times, I still managed to teach successfully.
As well as all the work there, I also did a lot more judging. I’ve been at lots of venues in my area judging at both affiliated and unaffiliated competitions, as well as assisting in helping the bigger events run smoothly.
One of the horses I was riding last year (Lily the grey mare) was sold at the beginning of the summer to a lovely new home. However, I was delighted to be given the chance to ride another horse over the summer called Lex, he is a 17 HH black warmblood. He was a great project over the summer as he had a lot of talent and was willing to learn. I rode him at least two days a week throughout the summer, but now that summer is over and his owner has had her baby, I’m no longer riding him.
My university preparations began back in September, as this year I’m President of the Equestrian club, so I had to organise the welcome fair, lessons, competitions and socials. At university we are very lucky to be able to train at Trent Park Equestrian in North London. For a riding school, the horses they have are of a good standard and the facilities are amazing. The university competition system is quite unusual as you compete on a horse that you only get 7 minutes to ride before competing. Then you have to do a dressage test where you’re judged against riders from other universities who ride the same horse as you. There is a similar set up for the ‘jumping in style’ element of the competition, however this time you only get 3 jumps in the warm up. It’s great fun but it’s sometimes a bit tricky if you’re the last of 4 riders to ride, as the horse can be a bit tired after doing a few rounds.
As we had lots of new members join the club, we had to do some team trials, which was interesting. We were delighted with the level of applicants, however it did take a lot of organisation and was still a bit manic, but I think everyone enjoyed it and we eventually managed to come to a decision.
I’m now back full time with my mathematics degree but still manage to do lots of horsey stuff around it. I ride on Wednesday afternoons with the equestrian club and still have my regular client base at Shardeloes Equestrian on Sunday mornings. I also do some judging at local venues, as well as some online stuff for https://www.e-riders.co.uk. I’m very lucky to be able to live at home while I’m at university, which allows me to keep doing all the horsey stuff while I study.
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Until next time,
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