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This blog and news section contains personal updates from me, Michael David Rogers. I will be providing regular updates on my own riding progress, the latest goings on with my camera and of course what is happening with my two supported riders.
End of 2015 eventing season... Part 2
12th November 2015 - 0 comments
So in my part 1 end of season blog I mentioned a bit about what Trad & I have been up to… Or not. Check it out if you haven’t read it...

So what else have I been up to? Well of course I’ve been out and about with my camera!!


© Hannah Freeland Photography - taken at Blenheim

This year I don’t think went to as many events as in 2014, however I've been to more than I planned! Initially this was because I was busy with Trad, plus of course we got our lovely German Shorthaired Pointer, Otto at Christmas. I've been really dedicated with his training going nearly every Sunday morning to classes so this has meant I've missed some events. In fact 10 month on we're still going nearly every weekend and he’s now in the advanced group and alongside lots of older dogs.


Otto at 2 and 12 months old - love him!

When Trad went lame it did mean I could get back to more horse events with my camera! Once again my photography was a mixture of press attendance for The Eventing Stig and supporting my sponsored rider Harriet Upton and her ever growing team of lovely talented horses. I did a couple of eventing photo shoots for riders & corporate clients, plus at Blair I joined up with the lovely Sarah from The Gaitpost, providing her with images on a daily basis to add to their online reports – that was good fun and a mini look into what a real press photographer has to do every day.


Harriet Upton & Hector tackling the Intermediate at Aston Le Walls

New events I went to this year included:

* Somerley (turns out it’s last one as cancelled all future events)
* Houghton (stunning venue - middle of nowhere)
* Upton House (I think I might have been there once back in early 00’s… Maybe)
* Blair (wow needs a whole blog to itself, stunning days in sun, horrid XC day in the rain)
* LMEQ (first ever event for them, good to have a new venue with so many stopping recently)


My photographer colleagues in the main arena at Blair... Not a bad backdrop!

All of these new events have their own little stories and I should really write post event blogs on all of them. Maybe I will in 2016, I won't promise but I'll try harder!

As well as these new one’s other events I attended were as much fun as the new ones, particularly as Lisa and Otto joined me for most of them! Here's the rest of the list…

* Hambleden
* Aston Le Walls (twice)
* Barbury
* Gatcombe (Festival of Eventing)
* Farley Hall
* Upton House
* Wellington
* Blenheim

Many of these are favourites but for different reasons, so it's hard to pick the ultimate event of the season, but for me it just has to be Blair. The biggest and best event I've had the pleasure to photograph at… thus far – I still need to do my first 4*.

Below is a tiny a selection of photos from the season that I very quickly picked out... Of course I have taken hundreds so check out the gallery to see more!

I wish everyone a good winter and look forward to seeing everyone in 2016!

















End of 2015 eventing season... Part 1
30th October 2015 - 0 comments
It's October and yet another eventing season has been and gone. I'm going to try and summarise what I've been up to since May when I last blogged. Not sure what happened but as usual I've failed to stick to my commitment of posting regularly.

Trad…

After three good events we had a summer to forget. Firstly, we went to Tweseldown and had three stops across the country which was very frustrating after 3 nice clears at our preceding events.

A week or so later we headed to Attington, XC schooling to see if it was a rider or horse problem because a sudden change in behaviour was really odd. Well it all fell apart there as he was just awful, refusing to jump lots of things and in the end we called it a day. After a chat with Jenny my trainer (and equine spinal therapist) I decided I had to withdraw from our first Novice at BCA and get the vet out. I was gutted!

Long story short (very short) is that Trad has some ligament damage in one of his coffin joints and is currently resting, mostly in the field with the aim of returning to work in the new year. Aims for next year are to have a fit and sound horse and do some eventing. The details of when and where haven't even entered my head. No point planning until we know how he is in January.

Here's a couple of photos from the events we did compete at…


Larkhill SJ



Hambleden SJ


Next up I blog about my eventing season with the camera…
Keysoe
21st May 2015 - 0 comments
At last we had good times! Left the yard at 7.30 and arrived around 9am giving me a couple of hours to walk the course and get trad sorted. Super trainer & groom Jenny had ridden Trad the night before, then bathed, plaited & trimmed him for me whilst I attended a funeral - he looked fabulous!

Dressage went well (for us), scoring an improved 35.5. It felt more consistent throughout and the scores showed this as we got all 6’s & 7’s. Still lots of work to do but that magical sub 35 doesn't seem so far away now.



We headed over to SJ where we found a nearly empty warm up. Jumped a few fences, watched one and then we were in. Trad jumped his usual solid round, unfortunately just touching the top pole on the second fence which fell. No real reason as far as I know, was on the right striding it was just one of those things.



At xc warm up we had a little wait so jenny checked on the Badminton scores to keep us entertained. That kept us nicely distracted until it was our turn. When called to the start box Trad has started to get a bit cheeky doing funky little spins & leaps - who'd have thought he would get so excited? Off we went, a little spooky (as usual) over the first few fences, which included taking off way too early at the second! Typically this was at the Fence my photographer friend Shane was at, we had a little laugh as I galloped past. The rest of the round was pretty uneventful really, felt nice and smooth once we had settled into galloping.



Once Trad was all sorted we headed over to the scoreboard to discover that we'd gone clear inside the time and that we had finished 13th. All good apart from that pesky pole in the SJ had cost us 4th place which would have been our first top ten finish! Oh well, never mind. We still enjoyed an ice cream at the end of the day!

It's taken me a couple of weeks to finish this blog off as I've been busy, mostly updating websites and I recently was asked to photograph a simply stunning holiday let. In addition to this last week Otto and I headed to Aston Le Walls to photograph my sponsored rider Harriet Upton who had three horses in the BE100. That as usual was a fun day out. Next up in just a matter of days is Tweseldown, which is due to be out last BE100 before stepping up to Novice.


Laybrook Farmhouse


Harriet riding Boo (Dramatic Effect)
Hambleden... Part 1
27th April 2015 - 0 comments
It's been a busy couple of weeks since Larkhill, I'm working on a new project for my photography business which will take me slightly away from eventing but not completely - don't worry you can get rid of me that easily!

So Friday was a very early start for Hambleden, one of my favourite events and one of the most local as less than an hour to drive. I've wanted to do the event for a couple of seasons but other things have got in the way so it was great to be able to get there this time.

For those of you have never been there it's set in a beautiful valley in between Henley on Thames and Marlow. The event runs mostly through woods which is a bit different and the woods themselves have the most beautiful bluebells growing in them.

It was a 4:45 alarm on Saturday for Otto and I to get up the yard. I'd packed the car & trailer the night before and when I arrived at the yard Jenny was just plaiting up Trad. We were both surprisingly quick for so early and Trad was loaded and ready to go. There was a beautiful sunrise as we rolled out the yard, I couldn't resist a few photos…



We arrived early and went straight to walk the cross country. Luckily I know the event well as we couldn't see much due to thick fog!!! The course was similar to the last couple of years, not big dimensions but tricky fences, cleverly placed to make the horses think. Jenny and I liked it and knew it would be a good test for Trad.



Once back we headed to dressage and Trad warmed up pretty well, yay I thought maybe we’ll get a sub 35! Unfortunately we were in the arena furthest away, which was a nightmare as Trad got totally distracted on route and by the time we arrived he had taken hold and wasn't listening to me. In the test he has this bad habit of totally dying off the leg (despite having Spurs on) and trying to yonk off with me as the same time. He's so strong & heavy on my hands that just to keep him in the arena can be a challenge. Later we discovered that I had got 38, disappointing to miss the sub 35 again. However I was pleased to see we had been given an 8 for our final centre line, so at least his straightness is better!



Show jumping was in the big open ring which had been beautifully presented and watered making the going perfect. Not much to say other than Trad jumped a lovely clear, flowing and positive round which I really enjoyed. I'm really looking forward to having a go at Novice SJ soon.





Cross Country was good but it took quite a bit of kicking, particularly at fence three, a box hedge, in itself not big but placed going into woods with the finishing horses coming past you the other way. Fence 6 also required a good bit of kicking, it's a wooden curved table fence which is wrapped in rope, something a little unique I think. Certainly makes the horses look. The only other moment came at the water, which was a run through to a skinny on the way out. We got in the water fine but drifted a bit to the right so had to jump across at a bit of angle on the way out. It's moments like this I wish I was able to use my Headcam to see what actually happened compared to what I remember…



Turns out we picked up quite a few time penalties so definitely no top ten finish and ended up in 16th. Two more 100s entered at Keysoe & Tweseldown and then the plan is Novice!

Part 2 of the Hambleden blog will appear soon...
Larkhill Event Report
13th April 2015 - 1 comment
First event of the season at long last, Larkhill - probably the windiest place in the world and the only flat area for dressage is on the top of the hill! Not an ideal place to be on a fit and strong eventer!

The day was one with a pretty leisurely start as dressage wasn't until 16:20! However as we had a 2hr drive which took longer due to traffic on the M25 we left the yard about 12:30. On arrival Jenny and I (plus the dogs) went straight to the XC to walk the course which turned out to be a bit stiffer than I expected!! However that's what we need if we’re going to go for Novice this season.



I left Lisa to pick up my number and she caught up with Charlie Coffee & Sophie, John & Tessa from Horses in Sport, unfortunately not much time for me to be social. When Jenny and I returned from XC dad had arrived with Trad (with 5 people, 3 dogs, Lisa's scooter, Trad & all his stuff we need two cars to get to an event now).

Jenny and I had a bit of rush to get ready but in the time it took me to get changed she had tacked up and managed to do super smart quarter marking (by hand - not stencil). Must admit I love having Jenny with us, her grooming skills are second to none!!

Up at dressage Trad had the wind behind him, however did settle and managed to complete a 38 test. A little disappointing as we should now be getting sub 35 every time but looking at the sheet we had been given lots of 7’s which was great but unfortunately a few 5’s & a 4 crept in and that's what cost us. However as it was our first test I'm still pretty happy with him and hope to improve next time out.



SJ is built on the side of a slope - a good test for us as we have improved in this phase over the last year. The course was twisty and involved quite a few doglegs on related distances and lots of turning back on ourselves. Luckily we've done lots of practice in our arena at home so the SJ felt really good and we went clear.





As usual I stuck to my plan for XC of heading straight there from SJ as it’s better than hanging around for ages. When we got to the warm up however they were running late and I had 20 horses on the board before me. The wind was really cold so Trad and I tried lots of walking around to keep warm - it didn't work!

Eventually it was our turn and god knows what's happened to Trad but I nearly fell off before we even started. I walked backwards through the start box and he did a mini rear and tried to gallop off! It seems XC excites him these days!! Once in the start box for real we had some mini leaps on the spot before flying off to the first at about 100 mph! First five fences were no problem if a bit on the fast side. Fence 6 was a sunken road and equated to our only sticky point on the course as Trad stopped to have a look in, however I kept my leg on and managed to kept a bit of forward momentum so no penalties!

The rest of the course felt really smooth, a slight look at the water splash and a bit of an odd stride in the middle of the last combination but neither caused too much concern. Over the line and had a bit smile on my face. Clear well inside the time and Trad didn’t even seem to be puffing or sweating!



In the end we finished on our dressage of 38, for 12th place which turned out be be just two penalties away from a top 10 finish. All I can say is what a great first event of the season and I am so pleased Trad has remembered how to jump in a forward and confident way!

Just a few thank you messages…

- Jenny for grooming and warming me up - total professional at all times and helps me so much. Very lucky to have someone so experienced and knowledgeable on my side.

- Lisa for filming all three phases and did a great job considering she had Otto attached to her (hence a few wobbles in the dressage filming - a bit like his dad he found it a bit boring)!

- Dad and Mum for driving Trad there and back and even putting him to bed for me when they got home.

- The organisers and volunteers who put on a great event.

It was also good to see a few friends at the event including fellow competitors Nicki Strong & Maddi Briggs, Fi Boughton in the XC timing box, Jenny Smith chief organisers of jump judges and the Ultimate Images team including Paul, Louise and Lez.

Next stop is Hambleden in less than two weeks - can’t wait!!
Timothy Foxx Brand Ambassador
08th April 2015 - 0 comments
You may have heard me recently tweeting and commenting on Facebook about Timothy Foxx and that's because I was recently asked to become a brand ambassador for the company, something I was very happy and proud to accept.

As a brand I've known about Timothy Foxx from the beginning as it is owned and pretty much single handedly run by Rosalie who I have known on and off for 20 years. We first met as young pony clubbers from opposing branches competing against each other in various disciplines. However thanks to a shared love of hunting and eventing we formed a good friendship and even competed together on the same team in the Silver Fox hunt challenge a few times.

When Rosalie and I both gave up riding we didn't really see each other much apart from the odd Boxing Day meet or whatever. However about five years ago my wife and I went to Windsor Show and stumbled across a brand new tweed fashion company called Timothy Foxx. Cue my wife for the first time in her life wearing tweed!!! Since then the company has grown in size from a small select number of hand made items to a significant range of women's and men's clothing plus accessories for person and the home.

Thus far in the role of brand ambassador I've been lucky enough to pick a couple of items to try out and wear in public to see what people think. Firstly I have the Luxury Marsden Polo Shirt, which is very smart and made of excellent quality. This is no bog standard polo shirt but one made of a really good quality heavy cotton. The polo shirts come in a variety of colours for both men and women with differing designs on each one. It's the perfect item to be wearing at events whether riding or photographing, it's ideal for the eventing scene but also transfers easily to the high street. As you can see from these pictures the polo shirt is really smart and I'll be wearing it lots!!


Secondly I have picked out a new Union Jack Patchwork Tweed Flat Cap to wear. I've never been a fan of traditional flat caps as warn by the country folk and as an alternative for the last couple of years I've been wearing one that I brought in New York from the Levi shop. However I'm not afraid to say I've been after a Timothy Foxx one for ages as they are just a bit different! They are totally unique made up of tweed patchwork, so they aren't one plain colour and design. In addition I managed to get one of the special Union Jack ones, ideal as I'm very patriotic! Here's a quick selfie I took when I picked up the cap from Rosalie at the Kimble Point to Point on Easter Saturday.


If you want to know more about Timothy Foxx check out the website or event better drop in and see them at their next big event, none other than Badminton Horse Trials!! They’ll be there in the sun or rain between the 6th & 10th May. They have a NEW STAND LOCATION outside on ‘Hinnegar Way’ stand number 231 near the Festival of Food – look for the famous Yellow Flags!

Also don't forget to let me know if you are a Timothy Foxx fan, particularly if you are going to be at the same events as me, then I can arrange to take a photo of you in your super cool tweed!! I look forward to sharing more tweed items with you soon!


Wearing my polo shirt whilst playing with Otto with fellow ambassador Harriet Upton
Preparation continues
05th April 2015 - 0 comments
Since combined training a couple of weeks ago I’ve been continuing to get Trad ready for our first event at Larkhill which is less than a week away now with a bit of fast work in the hay field at the yard.

On Saturday 29th March, Jenny took Trad to the Addington Unaffiliated Winter Dressage finals to compete in the Novice championships. They qualified earlier in the winter as part of Trad’s dressage boot camp. In the warm up and the first part of the test Trad went really well but the trickier movements and bigger arena was a bit too much for him and he tired and lost some impulsion. The score was a little disappointing but both Jenny and I were still really pleased with how much he has improved since last year.


Trad & Jenny looking good!

On Wednesday I went to my first event of the season supporting Harriet Upton who was riding Danny at Somerley Park in the Open Intermediate. Harriet had an average day on Danny with a fair dressage of 33, one pole and three time in the SJ and then quite a few time faults in the XC. They finished out of the top ten but if Harriet had kicked on a bit they could have easily picked up a rosette. On Thursday Harriet returned with four horses and three of them finished in the top ten, with Arabella jumping a double clear for 7th.


Harriet & Danny at Somerley Park

As well as taking photos of Harriet I took Otto along to his first event and I have to say he was pretty well behaved, if a little excited! There were lots of well-known horses on show in the OI sections including Chilli Morning, the super impressive medal-winning Stallion ridden by William Fox-Pitt. The ground looked good on Wednesday when I walked the Intermediate and BE100 tracks but sadly the dressage and SJ got worse over the following two days as more rain fell.


William Fox-Pitt & Badminton bound Chilli Morning

On Good Friday Jenny and I helped each other with a jumping session. Basically she tells me what to do with the jumps and she then jumps them with her lovely 4-year-old Mouse. Then once finished she puts them up and tells me what to do on Trad… works well for me!!

I have a dressage lesson on Monday and then that’s it, five days until the season starts for Trad and I. Must admit I’m really excited to see how he goes, fingers crossed please everyone.

Happy Easter and check back next week to see how things went at Larkhill.

Here are some more photos from Somerley Park, more can be seen on the gallery section of the site.


Tina Cook


Millie Dumas


Somerley Park is a beautiful setting for an event


Pippa Funnell


Website customer Rosie Fry
Combined Training at LMEQ
26th March 2015 - 0 comments
Right well that's it, my first event has been entered!! Well actually the second has been too as I got balloted out from South of England so instead I am heading to Larkhill. No particular difference for Trad and I, I don’t think, but a lot more hills and walking for the support crew – sorry guys!


Seeing as my first event has been entered I thought I better step up the training so whilst everyone was eventing at Aldon, Swalcliffe & Lincoln we headed to LMEQ for some combined training. It was my first time there for an event and I was really impressed with how they organised it. Ok so the entries were only small but they had set up dressage on grass, had a full functioning catering unit and a photographer in the SJ who even supplies free small resolution downloads. Not sure what the business model for this, i.e. who pays but it's great for the riders!! Other nice little touches that the LMEQ team have added was that they emailed me the results before I'd even left and the next day they sent me a scanned copy of my dressage sheet as I wasn’t around to collect it.


For the dressage we scored 35.8 which was probably about average for us. Trad showed promise for some movements scoring 7’s but we also scored some 4’s. The aim of the season is to keep the dressage scores below 35. SJ was great, he warmed up nicely and we went in first, jumping a nice clear (despite) shying at some jump blocks in the arena!

After SJ we decided to take advantage of a discount offer on XC schooling… Another great idea from LMEQ. I'm very pleased to report Trad jumped his socks off, not looking at a thing and jumping everything we could throw at him – it was a real confidence boost for both of us!


As my dad was using our trailer elsewhere Jenny my super helpful friend / trainer / groom drove us in her little lorry which meant Otto had to share the middle seat with Hattie, Jenny's Labrador. This wasn't much fun for Hattie but eventually they both settled down and Otto basically led on top of Hattie – I think he thought her fluffy coat was nice and comfy!!


On Sunday Jenny is riding Trad at Addington in the unaffiliated dressage championship she qualified for earlier in the year.
Horses swapped for horsepower...
19th March 2015 - 0 comments
Last week instead of heading to Tweseldown like the who's who of eventing I headed to Silverstone, the home of British motor racing to take some photos for my sister in law. For her 21st birthday last summer we all clubbed in for her to have a Ferrari driving experience – What a lucky thing eh?

Well never one to miss out on the chance of a day out of we went to Silverstone with me driving and doing my best Lewis Hamilton impression on the way there (within the speed limits of course), explaining how to take the corners etc…

As you'd expect I was designated photographer. Unfortunately I couldn't get away with charging as it was ‘family’! Damn, broken one of the rules of photography there… Don't give away your time and images for nothing!!

Photographing cars is a bit different to horses. With horses you want to freeze them mid movement whether it be in extended trot or over a jump. The horse and rider need to be in the correct position and the image needs to be sharp with no blur.

With cars you almost want the opposite, you want to be able to capture the movement to show how fast the car is going. This is where the technique of panning comes in. With a slow shutter speed you follow the car, panning across whilst taking photos. If you have the correct shutter speed you should have a nice motion blur on the car wheels and background.


With cars and horses you can of course do some portrait type photos and obviously for this the car is easier as when it's parked it doesn't move, unlike a horse! Even the calmest horse will twitch, blink or move an ear just when you want to take a photo!


In other news this week I was interviewed by equestrian website The Gaitpost, talking about my competition photo shoots and some background information about me and my life.

This weekend I'm out combined training with Trad at LMEQ, after which we are going to pop around some of the XC course. It would be rude not too!!
Quiet winter for the camera...
08th March 2015 - 0 comments
Similar to event horses during the winter my camera doesn't get used much. My last event was in October and since then it's hardly been used. I pick it up for the odd family event or whatever but to be honest I quite like taking a break from it. I could go hunting or whatever but I'm not that fussed about getting cold and wet.


Beautiful winter sunset at Upper Barn, home to Harriet Upton

This year I've actually invested in a new camera, a Canon 7D MKII (for any camera buffs out there), basically an updated version of my previous camera. This camera has been a long time coming and thus far I've been impressed with the updates and it is definitely a step up from the MK1. Usually I would sell the old camera, however this time I've decided to hold onto it and use two cameras, meaning I don't have to switch lens so often. More to carry though!

A lot of people ask how to take photos of horses in movement and I was interested and impressed to see the Horse & Hound recently published an article on their website titled “Photographing dressage horses: what to look for”.

Dressage is the trickiest discipline to get right (riding or shooting) in my experience and there are a lot of equestrian photographers that could learn a few things from this article. I don't claim to be the best photographer in the eventing world (because I know I'm not) but I do think I know what I should be capturing and I think it helps that I'm a rider and look at my images from a riders point of view. You can read the article for yourself and see some excellent example images. It will be interesting to see if they write more articles in the future on other aspects of equestrian photography.

I have used my camera recently to take pictures of my German Shorthaired Pointer puppy Otto (see previous blog for info on Otto’s arrival), he is very handsome and doesn't mind posing too much and it's great to get regular photos to demonstrate how he's growing.


Otto, a bit of a poser

I very much hope to be photographing a lot of eventing this year but I do have to balance my time with working, riding, husband duties & of course looking after Otto. My photography priorities will be focused on Competition Photo Shoots, for which I am available to be commissioned, event coverage for The Eventing Stig and support of riders Clare Stringer and Harriet Upton. I will also be supplying images to corporate clients as and when requested.

As ever it will be a busy season so it is always best to get in touch as soon possible if you think you would like to commission me for a competition photo shoot.
Winter into Spring update
02nd March 2015 - 0 comments
Last year I was a bit quiet on the blog front, too busy is always the excuse right? Well yes I am busy but everyday I spend an hour and a half on a train (to and from work) so I should really be able to knock out a few blogs every now and then!

In terms of riding and photography it’s been a quiet winter. In November my wife, Lisa had a knee operation to fix a long term problem. All went well but for the following months I became even more of a carer than usual. For those of you that don’t know Lisa has some long term conditions with means she had limited strength and mobility, however she fights on, working full time and gets around at events in her mobility scooter. No one would believe where she's taken it without getting stuck, although at Osberton last year she did run out of power in the middle of the XC field and I had to run back to the car to get the spare battery.


Lisa and Trad

The week before Christmas just as Lisa was getting stronger our lives were turned upside down by the arrival of Otto, a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy. We always wanted a dog and in particular a GSP so when I found out that fellow eventer Robbie Alman-Wilson breeds her own we couldn't resist. Having never had a dog before it was a baptism of fire with sleepless nights and plenty of tears! However 2 to 3 months in, his training is going really well and we wouldn't be without him, I can't wait to get him out at events soon so he can meet everyone – he loves people!!


Otto growing quickly

So with all that going on poor old Trad got a bit neglected. Luckily Dad has now retired so he has been hunting and riding Trad more and for a few weeks I got my trainer and friend Jenny Gray-Wallis to school him for me. She even had a lesson with Ian Woodhead and did a couple of dressage competitions, qualifying for the unaffiliated championship at Addington! As I expected Jenny was able to get him going fantastically, proof that he can do it if ridden properly.


Jenny and Trad at Addington

I was able to start getting back in the saddle in January as Lisa and Otto were able to look after each other and since then I've been concentrating on schooling. Trad is feeling better than ever on the flat, so Jenny’s mini boot camp obviously worked.

We've done a small amount of jumping. One session at the yard and two rounds of JAS at Bury Farm - this went brilliantly! I did the BE100 & Novice classes and jumped 2 clears with just a few time faults. In the Novice I finished 7th meaning I qualified for the final at Hartpury, however I decided not to go as it was a long way for a 1 minute round of jumping.


Video of JAS at Bury Farm

A couple of weeks ago we went XC schooling at Attington Stud, with my long term instructor Jonathan Chapman, which was brilliant! Trad has grown in confidence over the last two years and was very keen, taking me to all the fences including big ditches, trakehners, corners and water.


Video of XC schooling at Attington Stud

Our next XC schooling was unfortunately cancelled due to wet weather but as I'm not out competing until April there isn't a panic yet. My plan is to do an eventer trial at Keysoe in a couple of weeks time and then some more XC schooling, probably over the Easter weekend.
Event Report - UA PN (100) at Aston le Walls, 5th April 2014
06th April 2014 - 0 comments
First event of the season… New year… New approach? Well not as such but I’m feeling much more confident this season after an educational year in 2013.

Read on to find out how we got on...
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Event Report - Arena Eventing at Keysoe, 9th February 2014
12th February 2014 - 0 comments
Last Sunday saw Trad and I taking a trip to Keysoe for the first time for a three-phase arena eventing competition. It was a rather windy day but for once recently there wasn’t too much rain.
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Event Report - BE100 Jump Training at BCA, 12th January 2014
13th January 2014 - 0 comments
On Sunday 12th January 2014 Trad and I had our first outing of the year with a trip to BCA for our first ever attempt at the British Eventing Jump Training, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds.
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End of season report
04th November 2013 - 0 comments
It's November, the clocks have changed, it's now dark when I get on the train to work and dark when I get home in the evenings. This means the eventing season is over in the UK for another year and it’s now time to decide what I am going to do with Trad over the winter in preparation for 2014.
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Event Report - BE100 at Pulborough, 12th October 2013
30th October 2013 - 1 comment
A bit late (& short!) but here’s my report from the last event of the season… After the double clear at BCA it was off to Pulborough for the last run of the season.
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Event Report - BE100 at BCA, 2nd October 2013
03rd October 2013 - 0 comments
Wednesday 2nd October and it was nearly three and a half weeks since our last run and lackluster performance at Goring Heath. This time I was very determined to do well...
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Event Report - BE100 at Goring Heath, 8th September 2013
11th September 2013 - 0 comments
Two weeks since our run at Wellington and I should have been feeling positive about Goring Heath but having very late times on the Sunday (Dressage at 16:37) meant I'd spent the whole weekend waiting and was struggling to get fired up.
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Event Report - BE100 at Wellington, 25th August 2013
27th August 2013 - 2 comments
Right then a few weeks ago we had a great XC run at Smiths Lawn but a nightmare SJ with two stops so this time out at Wellington I was hoping to sort that out whilst continuing with the improvements on XC.
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GUEST BLOG - The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park
15th August 2013 - 0 comments
This weeks guest blog is written by Hannah Galley (nee Dunton) @Hannah_HDE. Hannah is an amateur international event rider based in Essex and writes about her recent experience at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park
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