Vikki’s Update 24th October 2012

Weekly update, what’s been going on at College Farm?…

Teddy’s had tack on and walked round the arena in it, he didn’t much care for having the bit in his mouth to begin with, but now he’s realised it’s not that scary and he’s being very sensible about it all.

Rak has come to stay for a week of intensive schooling again, it’s nice to have her back and she’s really improving and getting some super results.

Pedro (Markham Sultan) and I qualified at Sheepgate, coming 2nd in the PSG, we also came 4th at Arena UK, it was closely contested with few marks between 2nd, 3rd and 4th and we had a nice win in the advanced 100 with a good score/percentage.

We’ve also qualified for the regionals at Advanced Medium, we managed to qualify just before going out of advanced medium points, although it was a bit too close for comfort!

Helen and I had a fabulous day out with our horses last Saturday, we went to Brooksby and with the help of Julie Garrety and Steph Croxley, put together a freestyle test. Helen and Leon

(Leonardo V1) have a fabulous routine to ride at novice and Pedro and I have our debut at Bishop Burton on November 4th with our PSG freestyle. I’m not going to tell you anything more about it, its top secret!!

 Vikki’s Clients

Congratulations to Mandy Denley and Binks (official name Zhowbink) who qualified for Hartpury at the Pet Plan Festivals at Field House. They were 2nd overall in the prelim 19 class, scoring 72.27% with Andrea Smith and 71.36% with Nikki Herbert, meaning they got a Combined Score of 71.82% (72.95% was the winning score) and there were 40 competitors! So well done to the pair of them.

Gemma Smith qualified for the Winter regionals with Dylan at elementary, a super achievement and very deserved.

Plus Julie Frizzell and Stan competed at Sheepgate and won the medium freestyle and therefore have their ticket to compete at the Pet Plan finals at Hartpury.

Our NVQ students successfully completed several assessments this week, Katie McMahon, Jenny Gladman, Liz Nair, Karen Dodwell and Tracey, there are lots of photographs on Facebook, check them out.

It’s getting busier and busier as the week goes on, I’m teaching at home on Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week, if anyone needs any help, just let me know. I’m judging on Saturday at Vale View, a nice early start with my first rider down the centre line at 8.30 prompt!!

Time to sign off now I’m afraid……I have ghosts and ghouls to make, pumpkins to carve, several reports to write and Pedro to get ready for a demonstration at Uttoxeter next Monday.

More next week… Look out for Vikki’s blog on Facebook and on my web site

Vikki’s Update 9th October 2012

What’s been happening this week at College Farm?

Well, we have been joined by a new member of staff called Emily McMunn, Emily has lots of experience with horses and has joined us on a part time basis. We also have Jenny back to continue her training, it’s great to have her back and I’m sure you’ll make them both feel welcome when you see them at the yard.

Teddy’s had a haircut and looks beautiful. He’s had his mane pulled and his tail trimmed and he’s looking super. He’s going to have a saddle and bridle on this week, which I’m sure he’ll accept happily and calmly. We’d like to have him backed and under saddle by Christmas and we’ll update you with his progress on a regular basis.

Finally, Pedro (Markham Sultan) and I had a super result last Wednesday at Arena UK, he had a super result, scoring just over 65% and then we went on to get just over 65% in the Advanced at Sheepgate Area Festivals last weekend and then 63.68% in the PSG with strong competition, two judges and 8 others in the class, we managed to get 2nd in the PSG championship, a very costly two mistakes where I forgot my test, cost us first place!

Lessons are as normal this week with NVQ and BHS training on Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday I’ll be at Elm’s farm for the dressage classes, on Thursday I’ll be in Derby teaching and in the Chesterfield area on Friday. On Saturday it’s the Regional Dressage Judges’s Seminar and then its off to Vale View on Sunday for the PSG class, which I’ll be hoping to have learnt more thoroughly by then!!! Lessons will be going on as normal at the farm with Amelia on Saturday and Gill on Sunday.

Nottingham Trent University students are back! Their training starts again next week after we’ve selected the teams.

If anyone wants to join in on any of the training sessions or lessons, or if I’m in your area and you’d like a lesson, just let me know via the usual routes. If you want to ring me and don’t want to leave a message, remember you can always send me a text.

More next week, look out for our weekly blog!