Pedro (Markham Sultan) and I have been out having fun, due to a change in the rules, we were given an extra 20 points at Advanced Medium, and we lost them in three outings but did qualify for the Regionals in the process. We are now 2 points off qualifying for the PSG regionals, with another 2nd and 63.4% in a class of 10 at Vale View last Sunday.

We had record numbers for the BYRDS training which was held here last Saturday and the Have a Go Day at Epworth on Saturday is oversubscribed with a waiting list.

We’ve got the BYRDS Squadding day on Monday, which again is packed! So, everything is looking very positive.

The Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Specialist Rescue Teams have been down for training and we’re hosting a training day for all the Specialist Rescue Teams, when they’ll be bringing the Specialist Rescue Unit, which carries over 650 pieces of equipment. There are only two of these units in the country and one of them is based in Tuxford. We will also have the Rapid Response Unit here. They will be staging a mock rescue of a rider who is trapped under their horse, (a plastic model one) in a drainage ditch. Watch this space for a full write up later on in May.

We had a camera crew here again today. Your horse Magazine have done two features so far this year, one on a 20 minute work out programme and the other today, which was alerting riders to the difficulties faced by partially sighted or blind riders. Make sure you get your copy ordered, it was an interesting session.

Rider News

We’ve had lots of super competition results from clients in the last few months. Julie Frizzell and Stan in particular have shot to stardom… is Julie’s latest text………..Vikki, sit down…. We’re at Patchetts for the stoneleigh KBIS qualifier… And the little man has gone and won it!
It was a strong class with it being the National Para Championships, so fingers crossed for selection for the Para Championship Team. Earlier in the year in March, Stan won the British Dressage Restricted Championship at Vale View Festival of Para Dressage Grade IV Champion 2014 and 2nd in class of 15 in the warm up class.
In April Stan and Julie were 3rd in the Grade IV Championship behind paralympian Sophie Wells and team GBR MEMBER Tamsin Addison at the Nirvana Spa Para Dressage Championships ((Open) at Hartpury. They then went on to win the Medium Open Freestyle with 69%, qualifying for the BD Regional Championships 2015.

Rachael and Jerry (The Spotty One) are back out competing again and they won the BE95 last Sunday.

Beth and Tracy have had a super season so far and Beth got a whopping 69% in her prelim 7 last week.Tracy won the prelim at Selina’s at Milton with 67%

Grace Johnston and Albert got 70 and 72% at Witham Villa after the BYRDS training last weekend.

Sue Markin has had some super results with her lovely mare Zita at Milton EC.

Karen Dodsworth and Disney got a whopping 70.42% at Elm’s Farm.

Finally congratulations to Rachael Butler who was 6th in the Equestrian Life Championships on 5th April with 75.5%.

Well done, I’m really proud of you all. Some terrific results!