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Photo memories from September Hunter Trial at Rosehill

By Wiola Grabowska

It doesn’t always happen that we manage to coordinate the riders from both yards I run the Academy from but this time both the London and Brackenhill Stud based riders were able to do the same event on the same day.

If someone told me three years ago that this little coaching project will have grown as it has and included all these fantastically supportive members and committed riders it has right now, I probably would have told them not to be so stupidly optimistic 😉 Here’s to another three years and what they bring!

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Aisha on Prince and Del on Boo. Photo by Mitchell Gash. For Aisha the mission was to take Prince round safely around their first hunter trial together. For Del – well, it was his first hunter trial full stop so the aim was to complete safely! He first got the taste of XC riding during the Summer Camp in August and we organised for additional two schooling sessions before the Trials. 
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Kate with Jack (left) and Kelly with Mojo (right) getting ready for the 70cm pairs. It was Mojo’s first hunter trial after several XC schooling sessions at a few venues and Kelly’s major goal was to give him a fun, confidence giving round to teach him the ropes.
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Caitlin and Mollie – after several very nervous XC attempts, this was to be Caitlin’s first hunter trial with Mollie and we were aiming for calm, stress free round 😉 
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Jasmine and Amber – another first timers together! Jasmine’s first Hunter Trial on an experienced super pony that is Amber. The mission was to enjoy, stay calm and finish in one piece 😉 They had a fantastic round! 
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Tack check before the start – Jasmine and Amber
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Some of the awesome crowd that keeps this coaching project on the road 🙂 
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Boo and Del warming up for their round. Photo by Mitchell Gash
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Aisha’s mum, Lou helping with the grooming on the day. It’s all a team effort 🙂 Photo by Mitchell Gash
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We joked about it and he’d just gone and won it! 1st place for Del and Boo in their class after a clear, flowing round inside the time. Having started his lessons on Academy’s programme in January this year from complete basics on the lunge, Del has been a  fabulous student, progressed steadily and we are upgrading the goals as we go! 🙂
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5th for Caitlin and Mollie – strike a pose 😉 Lovely, calm round which will hopefully be the first of many confidence building ones 🙂 Photos by Tatiana Thorpe. 

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Caitlin took her super cob Jasper round too. We initially entered Jasper HC for laughs with me to ride him but I re-injured my hip and had to pull out. I think Caitlin had good fun on him instead 😉 Catch it Quick Photography
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Jasper flying through the woods 🙂 Photo by Catch it Quick Photography
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Aisha and Prince – super round for this pair improving on so many points we work on in our weekly lessons 🙂 Photo by Mitchell Gash

 

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Kelly and Mojo in last gallop stretch towards the Finish line after a superb clear round over all 19 jumps. Mojo is “growing up” each time he goes out 🙂 

 

Photo Report from Arena and XC hire at Rosehill Equestrian

Text by Wiola Grabowska. All photos copyright www.cdphotos.co.uk  Please respect those rights and do not copy any photos from the blog. Thank you!

Now that I have Christine on board working with Aspire, I hope to be able to take you all on little journeys with us via the moments captured by her lenses 🙂

This photo report here is from last Saturday trip to Rosehill Equestrian.

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Form left to right: Sasha & Boo, Sofija & Jasper, Lou & Robyn, Mairi & Gilly and myself with Jazz 

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We try to organise to take horses for an away training sessions or shows once or twice a month. It’s not always easy to coordinate all the logistics with horses being stabled at two different yards and riders based anything from 30 minutes to an hour and a half away but we have managed a good few great outings already and it gets a little bit easier each time 🙂

Our most failed attempt was to try to coordinate the two yards trip to a dressage show organised by South Oxfordshire Riding Club. We didn’t quite realise how popular the SORC shows are and ended up with a few riders entered and the rest left starring at “entries closed” screen. Lesson learnt! We re-routed some horses to East Byshe Arena & XC which turned up to be a great venue with a mixture of XC jumps and show – jumps in a superb, spacious arena.

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Sasha & Boo and Sofija & Jasper
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Jazzy loves playing in water jumps 🙂 

Everyone (including my mad Springer) always has an awesome time although I must say I enjoy it all the most once it’s all over and horses and riders are all safe and sound relaxing during a de-brief chat 😉

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Lou & Robyn 
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Kate & Jack
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Paige & Oscar

Our next trip is to RAF Halton Sponsored Ride  at the end of March. If you are based at a lovely venue in Berks/Oxon/Middlesex/Hampshire/Surrey available for hire or know of one you’d love to recommend give us a shout in the comments – we are always on the look out for interesting places to train at!

To Aspire riders: all the above and many more images are available for purchase from Christine so if you’d like to grab any, please chat with her when you see her on the yard or email her via www.cdphotos.co.uk 🙂