Hooray Henrik (Henrik) who is an 11 year old 148cm Skewbald Gelding and full of personality!
Best 2015 Results
Henrik and I have only been a team for 6 months but with my old pony Tommy my best result was qualifying for the NSEA championships at Addington Manor. My proudest achievement so far on Henrik is coming 6th in our first 90cm Showjumping competition at Felbridge also recently going clear in the 80-85cm and the 90-95cm NSEA JWS competition at Mayfield.
Work on Jump-off turns to give us the edge in Show Jumping competitions.
Qualify for the Horslyx BRC championships.
Qualify for the Pony Club Dengie Show Jumping Championships.
Don’t let other people intimidate you at shows, it’s not all about the looks and flashy horses, it’s about the hard work and dedication that gets you success.
Ride positively into fences (especially XC), don’t even think about what could go wrong, the more you think, the more of a possibility something will go wrong.
Getting Henrik who never fails to make me smile and who I know is going to take me far. Also making progress with Henrik already in dressage and jumping, I feel we have an exiting and successful future ahead, but that can only be achieved with hard work and dedication.
Sponsored rider Isobel Long has been in touch to tell us how her start to the season is off to a flying start and her hopes for the rest of the year in her latest blog… The winter season has come to an end but the summer has only just begun… Henrik and I attended a Pony Club indoor SJ competition at the SE of England show ground back in January, we had a very rainy but successful day. The course had multiple spooky fillers but Henrik wasn’t fazed by any them which resulted in us doing a lovely clear round and coming team 3rd. Next we attended an indoor X country clinic at Sands Farm, it was great to get out and about over different types of fences. Henrik was very well behaved and was flying when we went clear around the 90cm and 1m courses. As well as competing, we have had various flat and jump lessons with my BHS qualified instructor. In the flat work we have been working on getting Henrik to be more forward which benefits many aspects, but as well as that I have had to work on my position to allow Henrik to work into an even and correct contact. Our improvement in flat work at home has been shown whilst we are competing at both dressage and jumping competitions due to how Henrik’s muscles have built up and our partnership has grown. In our jumping lessons we have mainly been working on getting me to identify when Henrik is hesitating and how to react quicker, which allows me to give Henrik...
After months of frantic voting and promoting, the winners were announced. I was over the moon to receive an email saying that I had won sponsorship from the amazing company, Blue Chip Feed. Soon after that my clothing arrived and straight away Henrik and I started to promote at every show we went to. The first show we attended in our Blue Chip Feed gear was at Pachesham Equestrian Centre where we did the 90cm Dengie SJ qualifier, finishing 3rd to qualify for the Dengie 2nd rounds next year. This was one of my aims for 2016 which I was happy to achieve so early in the qualifying season. Henrik and I aim to improve our dressage and we have attended a few dressage to music lessons which really benefit us with keeping the correct beat and we are experimenting with challenging movements for both Henrik and I. Next we attended a very rainy BRC Combined Training competition which we achieved 27.1% in our dressage despite Henrik slipping and finishing with an ice skating display up the centre line! Then we went on to go clear in our 85cm SJ round, finishing with a team 2nd and individually 4th, we both looked very smart in our gear and the water proof coat kept me nice and dry when I was warming up in the pouring rain! Our next event was a very exciting one, as earlier in the year I had qualified for the NSEA JWS championship class at Addington Manor however the rules said that it had to be the same horse rider combination. But luckily for Henrik and I...