Congratulations to Many Denley and Binks

Many Denley and Binks had a very successful weekend at Vale View on Sunday 14th April, winning both their classes,the prelim 14Q on a massive 82% and even managing to score a perfect 10 and they then went on to win the prelim 15Q on 76.52%!! Incredible scores, Well Done to both of you, fantastic!!

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I was supposed to be the BE coach and judge at Draycott horse trials 1, this is now cancelled (too waterlogged to run) but hopefully Draycott 2 will be going ahead in the 8th of June.

Mock BHS Stage 4 exam here tomorrow going ahead as planned.


Vikki’s Blog 24th March 2013

Frost glistening on the branches on the trees on the laneWell snow has rather put a spanner in the works and finances are somewhat wrecked due to all the cancellations! No lessons again this weekend, due to the heavy snowfall, not to mention the extreme cold horses and humans alike are having to out up with. Enough of my moaning, there have been some positives over the last few weeks….a couple of superb lessons with Stephen Clark, courtesy of the ABRS Jeffres Trust Bursary, which I was so fortunate and honoured to be awarded last year.  Pedro (Markham Sultan) seems to be finally free of his cracked heels, they have been so sore, it’s been heartbreaking seeing him struggle, but there’s a definite improvement and I’m sure his ‘silver boots’ have helped! Our next hurdle is to make sure that we stay well out if the way of this Equine Herpes Virus, and for that reason, we’ve pulled out of the PSG PetPlan Championships at Hartpury, with the outbreak just a short distance away from Hartpury, I felt I didn’t want to risk it! It’s very disappointing, but hopefully we will be there next year.

Judging is in full swing, I’ve been asked to judge in Jersey which is very flattering and something I shall look forward to as I’ve never been to Jersey before.

Lincoln Horse Trials stood up well to the snow and rain, it was cold sitting in the car for 30+ tests, but we had a very enjoyable morning and superb lunch, with good company! Oasby Horse Trials was challenging, especially as the wheel on my car got cracked and Les and I had to swap vehicles! Much to my amazement and to everyone else’s, the Merc battled through the inches high mud and snow and never got stuck once! We did have an hour’s wait to get out though, as all the lorries had to be towed in and out and various vehicles got stuck, blocking the road.  It was fun and games for the several tractor drivers who were kept very busy throughout the day!

I spent an excellent day at Jenny Ward’s centre at Brampton.  David Hunt was teaching, there were some super combinations and as usual, Jenny excelled herself on the hospitality front, with Easter cakes and heaps of chocolate biscuits.

Last Wednesday was the Judges Convention at Bury Farm, again a very informative and interesting day, just the travelling that was difficult with the weather! Snow storms accompanied us all the way down! Hopefully the Regional Reps meeting at Stoneleigh this week won’t be too affected by the weather and will go ahead as planned.

Future events…….Withcote Horse Trials 6th and 7th of April.  I’m really looking forward to this as I’m judging on the Saturday and then I’ve been asked to be the BE Trainer again for the event on the Sunday, it was glorious weather last year and I was concerned I was going to get sun stroke! I wonder what this year will bring, melting temperatures or snow blizzards? Who knows! I’m also looking forward to judging at Chatsworth Horse Trials on the 11th May, the area dressage qualifiers at Sheepgate in June and the BYRDS Inter-Regional Squad Competition at Keysoe, on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June.

At home it’s all been happening, Emma and Richard are back from South Africa, so its been lovely to catch up again and remember with them our fabulous time as their guests at their wonderful farm, though I think like me, they must be missing the glorious South African sunshine!

Aimee, my niece, is getting married in May, so we’ve had Aimee’s hen do.
We’ve had the police waking us up at 7am in the morning as a car had skidded and come through the hedge! The poor ponies were a bit traumatised and we had to get the fence repaired pretty quickly, but fortunately the driver was unhurt!

Elvis, the canary, has been being hunted by a Sparrow Hawk, who seemed unaware of the presence of the glass in the conservatory! Actually, come to think of it, Elvis didn’t seem to realise that there was glass there to protect him either! He was very shaken and all of a flutter! He seems much happier now though, Matthew bought me a canary hen for Mother’s Day and we introduced them to one another yesterday.  It was love at first sight and yes, you’ve guessed it, her name is Priscilla!

Matt is about to publish his book ‘Witch Angel and Warrior King’ it will be a real treat if you read it and available in the next few days on Amazon in Kindle form, so look out for it folks.
One of the bigger frozen lakes at the wildlife sanctuary
I am very happy to say that I managed to complete my 50km run for Children in Need, thanks to my very generous friends who sponsored me, I should say us, as Joe and Winnie did it with me, we managed to raise £166.00, which with Gift Aid, added up to a marvellous £205.00, £105.00 over my target, so I was thrilled and quite overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity! You know who you are and I can’t thank you enough.

It’s certainly been a busy few weeks, but despite the weather, a productive few weeks too.


50km challenge completed for Children in Need

As per my earlier blog post, I have completed the 50km challenge in 1 week for the BBC Children in Need, total raised as of today is £166.00 plus a further £39.00 in gift aid.

Thank you to everyone who supported me in this challenge.


50km in 1 Week for BBC Children in Need

Please go to my Facebook page to sponsor me, or you can go straight to Or you can simply text ‘VIKK50’ followed by the amount i.e. VIKK50 £5.00 ……THEN SEND THIS TO 70070

Joe and Winnie are keeping me company and running it with me. I’m not worried about being able to do the miles, just finding the time to cram them in, in what seems to be a very hectic work schedule at the moment!

We’ve braved snow, blizzards, floods etc. so please dig deep to help us to help a child in need.

Thanks Vikki.

BYRDS Rider Test Riding Practice

BYRDS Rider Test Riding Practice
Vikki Hayton
College Farm Equestrian Centre
West Markham, Tuxford, Nr. Newark. Notts. NG22 0GT
2nd March & 20th April 2013

Vikki is a British Dressage BYRDS Rider Test Assessor, Regional BYRDS Coach, and British Dressage Listed Judge along with British Horse Society Instructor and has a Master’s Degree in Learning and Teaching.

Vikki has produced many horses from novice through to PSG in dressage and Advanced Eventing.

Participants will be allocated a 15 minute time slot and will have the opportunity to work in prior to their time. At the allocated time participants will rider through the relevant BYRDS Rider Tests which Vikki will mark and then give feedback on the test.

These are a great way to assess your dressage skills and techniques.

Scores can be used for selection for the BYRDS Inter Regional’s 2013.

Anyone under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Further details and to reserve your place please use to onlne form availabe by clicking here.

Vikki’s Blog 19th January 2013

It’s been a good Christmas, although there was plenty of mucking out to be done, but it was a peaceful time spent with my family and one of the nicest ever and everyone got stuck in and helped out.

I’m loving the snow, it’s great to spend time with Joe and Winnie doing lots of walking, but it does play havoc with earning a living and I’m not looking forward to sitting on some rather naughty horses when its all cleared up on my return from South Africa!

Im really looking forward to going to SA where it’ll be the other extreme, sweaty horses, being able to ride in T shirts and complaining about the heat, tee hee!!  I’ll post lots of photos on my web site and on Facebook.

Matt has a list as long as your arm of instructions, ranging from what to do with Polly (the Parrot fish) to canary care.  I’m afraid he’s ended up with two canaries; as Elvis’ best friend Bertie is coming to stay for two weeks! He fortunately doesn’t have Mr Pickles to look after, as Emily has very kindly offered him a home. He’s now nearly doubled in size – he weighed 390 grams when we found him, he now weighs 614 grams.  he is by far the dirtiest hedgehog we’ve had so far, all I can say is its a very good job that the Sunday times comes with lots of supplements! I’ve packed his suitcase (including the Sunday times) and Emily’s dad is collecting beer boxes, which I’m sure has been a real hardship!

Harry and Pedro are both doing well, Harry continues to behave. I had a super training session with Stephen Clarke, unfortunately I had to cancel Steph as the school has been frozen.  We had a bit of a saga with poor Teddy’s rug, the delivery company brought us a 6’3 rug and with the best will in the world, it was always going to swamp him but Helen saved the day and in terrible driving conditions, managed to get one for him, so he’s nice and snug in his posh, new rug!

I hope you all bought a copy of Your Horse Magazine, the very photogenic Tom, made front cover.  I had a five page article ‘Wipe the Slate Clean’ about building strong training foundations for future success.  There were some fabulous photos of Mandy and Lindsay with their gorgeous horses, look out for future articles in the spring.

That’s all for now, hopefully my next blog will be from SA, God willing and weather permitting!  Look out for photos and the latest news……..Vikki

UKCC Technical Day with Jane Peberdy

We had a very successful training day at Brooksby on the 17th January, despite the awful weather conditions!

We had a super turn as you see from the photos and some super demonstration riders.

Thanks to everyone involved, but especially Jane for keeping us interested and entertained and to Sarah for driving miles in the awful weather to support us.

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Brooksby 17th January 2013

Brooksby 17th January 2013

Brooksby 17th January 2013

UKCC L2 course in the Northern Region

Venue – Willerby Hill, East Yorkshire
Workshop Dates:
6th & 7th February 2013 and 13th & 14th March 2013

Cost: – Workshops – £450

Assessment date: – 26th March

Cost: – Assessment – £350
You need to be a current BD member, hold a current first aid & child protection certificate and be registered with EQL in order to take part on the course. First aid can be from either BHS, red cross, St Johns Ambulance.

If you would like to book a place please contact Vikki on 07860 276 578

Spaces are limited and are on a first come first served basis, so please let me know as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

The Signs of Good Health

When I’m fit and well I’m a nosey sort of chap, my head’s always over the door and I can’t help but poke my nose into visitors and their pockets.
I’m so alert; my ears are pricked with big bright eyes free of discharge and never sticky or gloopy, but sometimes a little runny if I’ve been standing out in the wind.

I’m just about the right weight for my size. I have a good covering of flesh without being fat, which is really important if I’m to stay healthy.
My skin is supple and smooth, and when mum strokes me little ripples appear across me.
My coat gleams and shines – that is until I find a nice mucky puddle to have a good roll in!

I’m standing quite happily balanced on all 4 legs, but i do enjoy resting a back leg sometimes – usually pre-snooze, but never a foreleg.
My legs are always at their best when they are cool, free from heat, pain and swelling. That way mum knows that I’m sound, taking even and free stepa.
I have my feet checked over every morning and evening, to ensure that the hoof walls are cool – no hot spots or excessive cracks, and they’re always trimmed regularly.
My frogs are clean and dry without being wiffy or any black discharge.

I look forward to breakfast, i love my food and clear my bowl straight away, although my pal next door is really slow to finish his, but for him that’s normal as we’re all different.

I generally enjoy a poo after breakfast, when I’m stabled and munching hay my poo is yellow – brown, but after a munch on some grass it goes a dark green – brown, bizarre I know but mum tells me that’s normal.

I pass water around 4-6 times a day passing 5-15 litres in total.
I generally wait until I’m over deep bedding or a spot of lush grass as I’m not keen on it splashing back up at me.

My optimum temperature is 38’c
My pulse should be between 25-42 beats per minute unless that sexy filly from across the yard walks past and then it races!
My breathing races too but should be between 8-16 breaths per minute.

We are obviously all different and it’s important that the people who handle us on a regular basis get to know our own individual traits and habits.
For example the mare over the yard from me does pull some funny faces – ears back and all sorts! But apparently that’s normal for her.