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We are delighted to hear from our brand ambassadors at AC Eventing. It has brought some much needed cheer in the strange period between Christmas and New Year! Now, where is that box of shortbread?… grab a cup of tea and read on with us! 🙂

 

 

Tis’ the season to be soggy

Ahh winter, the time of year equestrians are pushed to breaking point. What is worse than being
exhausted and poor like we are all year round? Exhausted, poor, cold and soggy; welcome to winter.
I like to think of myself as the bringer of good news, so for those of you who do not know yet, Friday
21 st December is the shortest day of the year, which means we are officially heading for spring again.
All we must do now is survive the next few months of dire weather, extreme mud and wild winter
horses and we will be firmly back into eventing season in 71 days’ time (yes I am counting!).
At AC Eventing we have been using our eventing “off season” to concentrate on stressage……oh
yayyyyyy (sarcasm there in my yay for anyone who didn’t pick up on that). Ally has smashed the
dressage life and qualified both Gina and Goldie for BD regionals at prelim and novice. I have been
working very hard with Lillie to improve our flat work and start doing some dressage; I’m very
pleased to announce you can hardly bloody tell!! I decided to join Lillie with BD on a ‘sod it’ moment
in the hope that we can at least scrape some petplan worthy scores if nothing else. In November we
did our first BD stressage (emphasis on the STRESS) at Arley where Lillie is stabled, and wow was it
terrible; but I can laugh about it to hold back the tears so it’s fine. Don’t forget this is where she lives
but going in the indoor, that she goes in most days of her life, was horrifically traumatic for her this
particular day. God forbid outsiders come to her home and watch her be ridden she will not stand
for it! With her head held high (as high as she could get it) she trotted up the centre line like a wild
crab staring the judge directly in the eye. I would like to say she then settled and did a nice test but
that would be a lie, but on the positive side I did not give up and I completed the test; at least I think
that’s a positive. We came dead last but even if a camel had escaped a zoo, run into the arena and
done something resembling a dressage test it would still have beaten us so I think it was probably a
fair result. The second test we did was slightly less chaotic and there were moments when Lillie
actually remembered I was riding her and listened to me briefly. We still came last but we managed
to improve on our first score by 5% and get a petplan worthy score, and a real qualifying score was
just a whisker away.
Following my spectacular dressage achievement, we went back to the drawing board and had a
lesson with Emily Watts. Emily worked her usual magic and we now had a new plan to work with.
Basically, instead of just chaos we were going to try and reach controlled chaos. Armed with my new
plan I set about plenty of practice. Jumping practice that is. Enough of stressage already. We had a
good jump at home to dust the cobwebs off after not jumping for what seems like an eternity. When
Lillie jumped that first cross-pole I remembered why I love her so dearly and our failed dressage was
now just a distant memory as she flew over all the jumps. We then went off to Somerford for a
lesson with Richard on the incredible cross-country schooling they have put in on the arenas for
winter. Loading was not rainbows and butterflies; it was rain, tears, quite a few choice words and 2
very angry females in the form of Lillie and I. Luckily we could join the next group lesson having
totally missed ours! Lillie once again redeemed herself by jumping her little socks off and as an
additional bonus we even managed to load onto the trailer to get home. In summary at this point I
am 100% certain Lillie is a strong headed mare, so we were made for each other clearly.
Fun over it was back to stressage. In-between living the dream doing all our jumping fun we had
been practicing our flatwork. We entered the unaffiliated dressage at the yard so cue the gale force
winds, rain and bitter cold, mutterings of “I should have picked an indoor sport” could be heard
round the yard while I was getting ready. The plus side to plaiting up in the freezing cold is stealing
warmth from your horse to warm your fingers up. Sailing around the warm up arena in the wind we
were holding it together and our chaos was mostly controlled. Into the indoor arena for our test and
Lillie didn’t try to stare the judge out this time, we kept camel/crab impressions to a minimum and I

didn’t want to cry during the test. In other words, I think we have made some bloody progress at last
but I’ll get back to you on that one when we go to our next dressage and the adventures of “Lillie
and the Stressage sass” continue.
In other news, I am sure you picked up on the fact that Ally stole Goldie off me to do dressage
(anyone would think she owns him or something!) but I was allowed to have him back for a lesson
with Andrew Heffernan at Somerford last weekend. He was loving life having a good jump and
getting to spend time with his girlfriend Gina. He felt on great form and flew over all the fences in his
usual sassy style reminding us that he is not just a dressage diva but these days he is an extreme
event horse braving all weather conditions. And I was reminded that I am not good at braving all
weather conditions so if anyone has some replacement toes they would like to donate mine are
officially ready to drop off after battling last weeks weather.
AC Polo has retuned as well!! We had a lesson JF Polo Academy and it was so much fun. The ponies
were true professionals and we ever played some chukkas without anyone taking a mallet to the
head. For anyone who has thought about giving it a go I would highly recommend it. We have
slightly caught the bug at AC Evening so if you see us riding round on a polo pony anytime soon you
know we have gone too far and snuck one into our barn.
Right well I think I have sufficiently caught you all up with the latest news at AC Eventing so I’m off to
locate some pigs in blankets (which is coincidentally what I intend to be Christmas Night)
I hope all my friends and family, 2 legged and 4 legged, have a fabulous Christmas and New Year and
may you remain as warm, dry and mud free as possible!!
1. Enjoying our Polo ponies
2. Lillie reminding me she is a star
3. Goldie pony doing his thing

 

Tis’ the season to be soggy Saddles Select of York

Tis’ the season to be soggy Saddles Select of York

Tis’ the season to be soggy Saddles Select of York

Saddles Select of York is a family run online business based in the heart of North Yorkshire, England. We aim to make your saddle search as simple and enjoyable as possible.

 

We regularly dispatch to USA and Canada as well as Australia and many other countries outside of Europe.  Click here for delivery prices.

 

The international demand for quality English saddles is as strong as ever; we supply saddles to leisure riders, professionals and saddle fitters all over the world. If you are joining us from overseas please take comfort in knowing that we are contactable 24/7 to help with all enquires.

Finally, a warm welcome from all at Saddles Select of York, we look forward to working with you and hope that you enjoy shopping with us.

We are delighted to receive an update from our brand ambassadors at AC Eventing and hope you enjoy reading the blog post as much as we did!

 

 

So, it would seem I have dropped the ball somewhat with my blogging recently…. I am sure you have all missed me terribly! Horsey life is always a million miles an hour chaos but the last few months have been even more so.

 

When I last wrote it was following Golden Pony’s win at Stafford and then him scooping up 2nd at Frickley. Since then many things have happened, we got a late entry for Skipton and he only went a bloody won again! I would give you a full run down of how the day went but honestly it feels like a life time ago, so one can only assume it went pretty well.

 

From there it was all change, we had a blip while training (when I say blip I do of course mean catastrophically bad riding causing total disaster) and I landed Goldie in a pickle even he couldn’t get out of. Luckily all damage done was superficial, although I’m not sure he felt too lucky when he had several stitches in his leg and ended up being held hostage in his stable on box rest. Anyway, that was the BE100 runs out of the window! And he missed out on taking part in the BE90 Yorkshire Challenge at Frickley which we were so looking forward to.

 

Whilst Goldie was getting accustomed to his 4 walls we had to do some entry shuffling around for Bold Heath. Little Lillie got drafted in for the BE80 and Spyder got bumped up to BE90, nothing like in at the deep end. We filled Big Val to the brim with ponies and off we went to Bold for a full team outing. Zena and Diddi joined Lillie and I doing the BE80 and Ally and Gina did the BE90 with Spyder and I. Lillie’s dressage at this stage was very much a perfect impression of what a runaway llama would look like; we did however manage to keep it together as much as we could have hoped and I was quite happy for a score that wasn’t in the 40’s. One down in the showjumping because I totally let her down at a combination (shock Abi messes up in the showjumping again). And then a super bold round on the cross country, I mean we may have total skipped passed the second part of a double, so we came home with a cricket score, but it’s not always about the scores. I was over the moon with her and absolutely loved every second on the cross country. Zena and Diddi jumped a cracking double clear and she was loving life so much on the cross country she came home way too fast knocking her down the placings, but she did get herself their first rosette out eventing together!! Many more to come next season for them!

Then it was time for Spyder to pull up his big boy pants and brave the BE90. We hadn’t been eventing together as a partnership before and he had only been around a couple of BE80’s with Ally so it was a big ask for him. He warmed up beautifully in the dressage, but when we went in we found our self in the arena next to Ally and Gina; Spyder spent a lot of his test shouting at Gina to let her know how well he was doing. Despite him being a little distracted he still put in a respectable score of 30.8 (not quite the 25 dressage Ally got on him but you can’t have everything). Now your going to find this hard to believe…….but……… I completely rode the showjumping like a lemon again. I know you’re all beyond shocked!! So another 4 faults for me! Ally had prepped me for cross country, basically ride like my life depends on it at the first few and then he would be away. So I did, and I was so elated to have made it over the first flying, I may have forgotten to pay attention at the second. Ally and Gina also fell victim to 4 faults in the showjumping which they didn’t deserve unlike me, and then after storming around the cross country and arriving home a little too fast like Zena some naughty time penalties saw them pushed out of a rosette position.

 

Ill give you a quick low down on what has happened since Bold otherwise we could be here all day! So Lillie went to Frickely (2) for her second event and was a little pro; dressage was still a runaway giraffe but it was getting there. Goldie was back in work now but not fit enough to have a run yet, so we decided the season was over for him.

Then Lillie and I had a stab at Kelsall Hill BE90 because we had a very special hen do to attend at the weekend, so our only option was to run Friday or not at all (When I got up at 5am to rain and howling winds I must admit I wish I had opted for not at all!). Never the less we went, I rode like a I was trying to strangle her in the showjumping which subsequently lead to a demolition derby, but she absolutely flew round cross country. Now if you look at Lillie’s record on paper you make thing she is a 3-legged runaway giraffe with a potato for a rider (half true #potatolife), but if you got to go cross country on this little machine you would think totally differently. With that in mind I would like to announce that I decided to buy her because I think she is going to be an absolute star. I just have to survive a winter of taming her inner giraffe to master the stressage but I’m always game for a little challenge.

 

My purchase of little Lillie was also somewhat of a coping mechanism for the fact I just made a huge leap into adulthood and bought a house. That’s right a house. I figured what better way than to cope with having no money for the foreseeable future than to buy a horse, natures biggest money pit.

 

And this brings us to the hyperventilating. Now many of you will know and have seen the mental health awareness focus going around now and with World Mental Health Day just the other week I thought I may as well add to the awareness. I think of myself as a strong person, I generally do what I want, and I don’t bother about what other people think about it. I love all things horsey as I’m sure you have gathered. But this year we have been incredibly busy, which isn’t particularly anything new, and I have been putting a lot of time and effort into everything I’ve been doing. Event season consists of a distinct lack of sleep and a hell of a lot of work to be done. Throw into the mix buying a house and everything just got a bit on top of me last month. I found myself having a bit of a meltdown to the point of breaking down a couple of times a day for no real reason. I am very lucky that I am surrounded by amazing people, I have really supportive family, friends who are there at the drop of a hat and a brilliant team of ponies and people. I feel luckier than ever to have such a strong support team around me because they were all there when I needed them and helped me though a time where I totally hit a wall. The whole situation has brought home to me how important it is to talk to those around you when you are in a sticky spot. I have met so many close friends though riding and I really do thing of the horse community as a massive family. It is hard work to juggle horses around everyday life and I cannot stress enough how helpful it is to reach out to people when you are in need because I assure you they will do everything they can to help.

 

Now that I have my deep overshare out of the way back onto the subject of the Golden pony. Event season was all over for him but then we remembered he had qualified for the BE80 Blue Chip Championships when he ran at Kelsall at the start of the season. He was back fighting fit now so we figured why not take him for one last blast to end the season on our terms. Gina and Goldie had both bagged a qualification and we set sail for Weston Park. He seemed to be on his best behaviour he must have missed coming eventing with us. Our dressage was not to be sniffed at this time, I was determined to nail those downward transitions unlike last year when we showed the judge what Goldie would look like from below. Transitions suitably nailed and just a wonky halt to kick myself for we pulled 27.5 out of the bag which was our hottest score of the season. Only one major “why are you like this in the showjumping Abi?!” moment and he maintained his faultless showjumping record for the season. Ally and I were the last competitors to go in our section so cross country was not until 6pm. The sun was very low and from fence 4 to 10 we were contending with not being able to see a whole lot. I took my most used method of if in doubt just gallop and Goldie was with me on this. If you go fast enough the fences are all a blur anyway so you don’t need to see them. Goldie was absolutely on fire, he was loving being back on a cross country course and stormed round. To top it all off I used my stopwatch correctly for a change so gold star for me, and we were clear in the time. Much to my surprise we had climbed all the way up to silver position just 0.2 behind the winner (damn you wonky halt!!) thanks to the double clear dream that is the Golden Pony. It was a fabulous way to see the season off and I got to stand on a podium and we got loads of goodies of Blue Chip!

 

With the end of the eventing season it can only mean the dreaded winter of stressage is looming now, 2 words that fill me with dread! #prayforabi

 

Goldie with his big boy pants on cross-country schooling

Lillie’s cross-country game face

Me living the dream on a podium

Team AC #squadgoals

 

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