After a busy few months focusing on training and my own fitness, I’m really looking forward to the first competition of the season.
This Winter I have worked really hard on keeping the basics correct, making sure I apply the scales of training in my schooling and this has really helped me to keep the softness when I am asking for extra power in the more difficult movements. Sometimes it’s easy to think we have to just focus on the test movements but if the training is correct and consistent, the movements will be so much more rideable, every mark counts.
During the Winter months when there are less competitions, I can allow more time for my own fitness, I love playing netball. I am on the county squad and train with them as well as our own school team. I have to be careful in terms of injury but its great to be able to play a game that you love and get fit at the same time.
This year I will be campaigning my other pony stallion, Platinum Honeys Hope, who I co own with Louise Davies, along side Zorro. There has been lots of planning in terms of where we go to give them the exposure without over doing it. I am very lucky to have also been offered the ride on a super smart young pony stallion in the Young Pony classes which I am very excited about, watch this space!
Our first competition is now just a couple of weeks away, Team test riding at Onley where we ride the team test under an International judge with the selectors watching and then have training the following day, always a good learning weekend! Both ponies then head to the Winter regionals so a busy time awaits!
Good luck to everyone for the 2018 season and remember Practise makes Progress! :)