Zoe Moult and Ex-Racer Flash on how the Calming Balancer has changed his behaviour

Zoe Moult and Ex-Racer Flash on how the Calming Balancer has changed his behaviour

Update on Flash and how he is doing on the Super Concentrated Calming Balancer. Well, he is doing great on it. The change in his behavior is amazing.  He has been on the balancer now for about 7 weeks and he is SO much calmer than before. The difference is incredible. I took him to a showjumping competition last Friday evening, his first since being on the balancer. When we arrived, it was super busy there as there was an affiliated class before mine which had over 50 entries, I kind of hoped most of them had gone by the time we arrived, but as they were running behind on time, most of the competitors where still there, so there were lots of people and lots of horses and a big atmosphere.  I have to say my first thought was Oh no, he’s going to be so excited and a handful. Well to my amazement, he was completely not like that at all. He was a little bit on his toes when we got him out of the trailer, but as soon as I got on he was super chilled.  I took him up to the main arena to watch the rest of the class before mine so he could take in the atmosphere, for the first time ever he stood like a lamb watching, I had my reins on the buckle and he was so chilled out. He was excellently behaved in the warm-up no rearing or throwing any shapes, he just warmed up perfectly. He jumped a great round too, we had 8 faults, but that was due...
Elloise Smit on the British Showjumping National Championships and her new Pony!

Elloise Smit on the British Showjumping National Championships and her new Pony!

All in all it was a good show, on the warm up day Newtown Samson (my Dun Pony) came 3rd in a very competitive 1.20 class and he jumped the massive National 148cm Final and came 3rd! We did have a pole in the first round but there was only one clear so we were placed high, it was a very challenging course! Unfortunately Dereen Flyer (the Grey Pony) had 1 pole in each of his rounds but for a 5 year old he jumped very well! Also I have some exciting news! We have welcomed a new pony to the team, she arrived at The National on Wednesday and came home with us yesterday! She is a 9 year old, Tricoloured Mare and her showname is “Patch   work Poncho” but her stable name is Stella.  ...
Blue Chip Sponsored Rider Beth Vernon wins the National 4 year old championship

Blue Chip Sponsored Rider Beth Vernon wins the National 4 year old championship

It was the turn of the young horses today on day six of the British Showjumping National Championships, held at the NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. A class judged on presentation and technique, as well as accuracy, the Horse First Supplements National 4 year old Championship has two rounds. Finishing on a score of 199, Beth Vernon and Incognito took the coveted title after taking the lead from the start and maintaining it throughout both rounds. The pair from Nottinghamshire were beautifully presented and produced effortless jumping rounds to see off stiff competition from Tracy Priest and Intro L who finished on a total of 184 points and took second place respectively. Beth commented on her 4 year old stallion: “I bought him last year at the Brightwell Sales. I saw him in his stable and I knew that I just wanted him, whether he could jump or not. He’s so easy and jumps brilliantly. He’s not particularly stallion-like which just makes him perfect to handle. I thought the class today was excellent, there were a couple of tricky fences but the oxers were good at getting them in the air and it was a really nice course for 4 year...
It’s a one-two for Team Blue Chip in the six year olds at the BS National Championships at Stoneleigh

It’s a one-two for Team Blue Chip in the six year olds at the BS National Championships at Stoneleigh

The last of the young horse classes at the British Showjumping National Championships was the recently renamed Big Star Championship for six year olds. The class has been renamed to honour Nick Skelton’s Olympic Champion ‘Big Star’ who won the Championship in 2009. The rename will keep the stallion’s legacy alive after he made history at Rio in 2016. First to take this new title was Chloe Reynolds riding Grenadier Volo. The winning pair from Somerset demonstrated they had a great partnership when they made it through the three rounds producing lovely treble clears and jumping the final round in a quick time of 40.93 seconds. Chloe commented: “I felt it was a decent course today and he jumped it so well. Coming into the jump off I felt the course needed to be treated with respect as there were a few tight turns. He’s such a good horse with the heart of a lion, he tries his best every time he goes into the ring. I am so pleased with our result today.” With the class being spread over three rounds, the horses had to demonstrate a high level of consistency, as well as demonstrate good style and technique. Finishing in second place was Beth Vernon riding The Movie...
Nicole Lockhead Anderson takes the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters

Nicole Lockhead Anderson takes the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters

Nicole Lockhead Anderson takes the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters Nicole Lockhead Anderson made a nine-hour road journey from Aberdeen spectacularly worthwhile as she was crowned the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters on the first day of the British Showjumping National Championships which takes place at the NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Fifteen year-old Nicole has already had some spectacular wins under her belt, making this the fourth consecutive year to have qualified for Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in October. Speaking of her win with Gangnam Style II she commented: “The track was really good; he likes a big open run so it suited him well. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere at HOYS, you can’t beat it. And he loves a big occasion so I am sure he will rise to the challenge!” NB: Qualifications will be updated pending grading of results.  The Horse of the Year Show 2017 will take place from the 4th – 8th October at Birmingham’s NEC.  ...
Lou Doherty’s July Update!

Lou Doherty’s July Update!

June and July have been very busy months for me both at work and out competing with the horses. It has required lots of juggling my workload to make sure I have enough time for lessons and competitions too. I’m fortunately that I can be flexible with my working hours so if I need to leave early for an early evening lesson, I can then finish my work at home afterwards – I think they call it work life blend rather than work life balance!  Over the two months Corky competed in four more BE100s with improving dressage scores, variable show jumping and faster clear XC runs. The first three events were at Belsay, Kirremuir and Forgandenny – we are starting to feel more established at BE100 now and our dressage seems to be better at this level as the test are a little more challenging. Our last event at Warwick Hall was abandoned due to heavy rain while we were in the XC warm-up but with some sizable fences out on the course and us still being relatively new at the level I didn’t mind – it seemed to be a sensible and safe decision by the officials.  As our show jumping has still been a bit hit or miss so we have been going to schooling evenings at SNEC and Rockrose weekday evenings for extra practice and also spent a weekend competing at British Show Jumping. We managed to pick up a double clear at 95 qualifying for second rounds which was great but we need lots more practice until we feel consistent at this level.  After...