Coronach De Santana (Corky), 9yo eventer from the Portuguese De Foja stud
Luxern (Lucas), 9yo ISH gelding by the show jumping stallion Lux Z
Best 2016 Results
Double clear and placed at Hendersyde BE90
Qualifying for the Scottish Dressage Championship
Qualifying for two PetPlan Dressage Qualifiers and then being placed 5th at the Pet Plan Dressage Qualifier at Prelim level.
To compete Corky at BE100 and to qualify and compete at Pen Plan Dressage at both Prelim and Novice levels.
The big aim for Lucas this year is to qualify for the BS National Amateur Championships in Aintree in November
I’m a planner so have a packing list for events broken down by horse/rider/lorry which I tick off before we leave
I also have a timing plan for the day highlighting DR, SJ & XC times in red so they stand out – I then tape it to the lorry door so it can’t be lost!
I’m also a fan of having spare kit in the lorry – jods, gloves, girth, saddle cloths, stirrup leathers, xc boots and also a spare pair of shoes for Corky to save time and money if he throws one at an event. Nothing every goes to plan with horses so being prepared will make life easier
After a 10 year break from horses in my 20s, my highpoint is getting back into it, owning two beautiful horses and discovering British Eventing. Remembering how much fun it was as a child – and how much more fun it is now as an adult
My first BE double clear last year at Forgandenny was fantastic – Corky is a XC machine but really struggle to jump clear show jumping so I was over the moon.
Competing at the PetPlan Dressage Qualifiers and the Scottish Championships for the first time as someone who has never competed at dressage properly.
Isaac – my childhood pony who would jump anything, made me want to spend every waking hour at the yard. Riding Corky now really reminds me of Isaac as he is no pinyish and great fun!
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...
My April and May updates cover our best start to an eventing season ever! We have bagged 3 double clears at BE90 including 2 placings, a PB dressage and a clear XC on our first attempt at BE100!! I could not be prouder of wee Corky who is jumping his heart out for me just now. We still have work to do on our eventing dressage to help our finishing scores but that’s a work in progress! Our BE90s were at Forgandenny, Dalkeith and Floor Castle and our BE100 at Kirriemuir. We have also been on a trip down south to represent Area 1 at the Riding Club Intermediate Dressage Championship at Bury Farm. We were riding in a team for the South East Scotland Dressage Group which made it even better as I am the membership secretary for the group so was very proud to represent them. We finished individually in 10th place out of the 26 riding clubs competing from throughout the U.K. To finish off the month we have also qualified for the Pet Plan Dressage Semi-Finals in October. All in all probably our best few months in a long-time. Now to continue to build on this success over the coming months – working on improving our dressage and try to complete a few more BE100s! Our next outing is to Belsay BE100 which will be a challenging XC track and an up to height SJ so we have lots lessons and training planned for the next 2 weeks in...
Louise Doherty has been in touch to tell us how her 2017 is shaping up after returning Corky to eventing after his ill health over the winter. It certainly looks like a positive start for what hopes to be an exciting season ahead. Read on to find out more! March has all been about Corky – getting him fit and ready for his first British Eventing of the season after this time off. I had forgotten how much fun he was and feel like I have been smiling all month long! We have had a couple of good show jumping lessons with David Harland, our regular trainer, working on balancing the canter and keeping a consistent rhythm which is hard with a horse as keen to get to the jump as Corky! We have also been to two fantastic facilities to XC school. Firstly Dunbog to train over XC jumps on a surface in their beautiful outdoor arena and then onto Lindores to train on grass. As always Corky was brave and bold, he actually almost dunked us both into the water after a flying leap in over a log! Meanwhile we have kept up the dressage collecting our last qualifying sheets for the Petplan British Dressage Qualifier in May. We also stepped in last minute to make up a team for the South East Scotland Dressage Group at the BRC Intermediate Dressage Qualifiers and our team actually won qualifying to compete at the championship at Bury Farm (300 miles away) later this month. I’m very proud to be representing the club, especially as I am the member ship...
Wow – the first few months of the year have flown by! I’ve been super busy travelling with work but I have still made time for lots of lessons, fitness work and competitions with the boys. It’s amazing how much you can fit into a day when you try! With Lucas we have been working on both his flatwork and show jumping. We have been out to both Howe Equestrian and the Scottish National Equestrian Centre competing in Cat 1and Cat 2 British Show jumping. We have collected 2 of our 5 85cm double clears to qualify for the National Amateur Championships at Aintree in November. He is a quirky horse who can be absolutely fantastic, but also a little tricky too! This really shows in our dressage performances; we picked up two great marks at Rockrose Equestrian where it felt like he floated around the arena and then two not so great marks at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre the following week when Lucas was convinced there were monsters in every corner! I think this quirkiness is what makes him so fantastic and it’s something I’ll need to get use to! Corky has had a quieter and equally great start to the year being signed off to go back into work by the team at the Royal Equestrian Dick Vet Hospital in early January after his injury. Over the last 6 weeks we have slowly been building up his fitness and he started his gallop work this weekend which made us both extremely happy! We are back out competing in British Dressage this Saturday with the aim of...
With the eventing season drawing to a close, Louise Doherty, Becci Harrold and David Doel have been reflecting on a successful season, what to improve and what to look forward to next year in their latest updates… Becci Harrold Well that’s 2016 wrapped up! The last few weeks have been fairly quiet compared to usual as lots of work has been going on with my house so Annie has had an easy run up to her last event. In hindsight this wasn’t the best idea as I have always found the more consistent her runs are the better she has gone! On the run up to Norton Disney RF, she had 2 other finals to attend. At Vale View Equestrian Centre, she finished 8th in the Intermediate class at the Arena Eventing Championships and 10th in her other class despite picking up 4 faults, which she would have won if she didn’t have as she was spot on the optimum… typical! Still a good day was had and that set us up nicely for the Eventer Trial Champs at Osberton. This was held over the 5yo championship course, something I have always wanted to jump around. Although Annie didn’t manage it as a 5yo she flew round a year later picking up 3rd place which we were delighted with. As we prepared for our last event I couldn’t prepare for how Annie was about to act! We turned up for the dressage warm up and low and behold, someone decided to sit right behind the dressage judge eating their breakfast behind the bushes which sent Annie into a spooky...
It’s been a busy month for Blue Chip sponsored rider, Louise Doherty but somehow, around moving house and planning a friend’s wedding, she has managed to squeeze in plenty of competitions with Lucas and Corky this month and here is her latest blog post to tell us what she has been up to! ‘This month, both horses have had a little time off as Corky pulled a muscle in his back and Lucas ended up with a cut under his eye! The things they will do to get a holiday! They are however, both back to their cheeky, normal selves and have come in now for the winter so a good clipping session is just around the corner.’ ‘Much to his disappointment, Corky has only been competing at British Dressage competitions as until I am 100% happy with his back, we are taking a little break from jumping. We competed at the PetPlan Area Festival a few weeks ago, and as it was our first competition back after his break, Corky was a little lively to say the least but still picked up a respectable score in the top third of the field. We were back out again on Saturday 15th October at the BD Small Tour Championship picking up 2nd and 4th in our two classes which I was over the moon with. This weekend, we are heading off to the South East Scotland Dressage Group Championships and then much to Corky’s delight, we will start jumping again! Our winter season will be made up of a mix of BD, BS and some arena eventing and indoor XC,...
Louise Doherty and Corky have been in touch to tell us how they have been racking up the results in both the dressage and show jumping rings recently. This pair are certainly going from strength to strength! “We had a great time at the BD Pet Plan Area Festivals up at the Cabin Equestrian Centre last weekend. We finished 5th out of 18 competitors scoring 68.26% and we narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Championships by only 1.8%, but I felt we rode our best test to date so couldn’t ask for more! We have another Area festival at the beginning of October to try and qualify again for the champs so I am putting in extra effort for then! We then headed up to the Scottish Dressage Champs, where we stepped up to silver for the warm-up test and we were second, winning our first BD prize money! We finished in the middle of the field in the Championship class amongst some extremely smart and experienced horses. I was happy with our scores though – the winner got 81% from one of the judges! Lucas then pulled a shoe so missed out on his BS show on Sunday, but Corky was happy as he got to go instead and have a jump. He took a pole in each class as was a little excited but we both certainly had fun!”...
Louise Doherty has had a busy July with her budding event horse Corky, and here she tells us a little about what she has been up to recently: ‘Corky has been on fantastic form lately winning both his British Dressage Bronze Prelim tests, qualifying him for the Petplan Area Festival and the Scottish Championships! I couldn’t be more pleased with him as he also finished his last two BE90s on a double clear! It’s the first time we have achieved double clears at this level so I’m absolutely over the moon with him. I put a video of our XC on our Facebook page which has reached 1,700 people with 700 views so far. You can hear the commentator announces that we are sponsored by Blue Chip too which was great!’ Watch Louise and Corky in action here: ‘We have another event this weekend at Dalkeith, and then onto the Cabin in Aberdeen the following weekend to compete in the Petplan Area Dressage Festival. We are staying away this time too which will be exciting! After that we are competing in the Scottish Dressage championships in early September before more eventing at Dalston Green.’ To keep up with Louise’s progress, visit it here Facebook page Amateur Equestrian Antics...