Emily’s News 2012
Emily appointed U18 South East Eventing Coach
‘I’m very excited to be taking up this new role. I hope I can inspire and help some of the next generation of eventers coming through, so they can enjoy and achieve the highs I have in this wonderful sport’
Goodbye to Kenneth Clawson
It is so sad to learn after such a long battle Kenneth Clawson passed away. Kenneth was a mentor, a coach and a friend of mine over the last 10 years. He used to come down to my yard and do a days coaching once a month over many years, he found me Drivetime and he was instrumental at many of the competitions where we have been successful. Not a day goes by where there isn’t some influence from him in both the training of my horses and the coaching of my pupils. He will be greatly missed.
Christmas lecture demo
Emily was invited to do a Lecture demo at Australian Horsemanship Guru, Jason Webb’s yard just before Christmas.
Despite the horrible weather there was a good turnout and Emily gave a very interesting demonstration of some useful exercises she works on at this time of year.
‘I rode Cooley All Business, because I thought it would be a good education for him. He loved showing off in front of everyone and I didn’t see any missers! It was great fun’
Not so quiet time!
The end of the season meant a little holiday for most of the horses. Which meant I had a window of quieter time, so took the opportunity to have the plate taken out of my collar bone, which I had put in last summer after breaking it. The plate caused me quite a lot of discomfort so I was actually quite looking forward to it being out! Typically it coincided with a few staff changes, which meant me having to do more manual labour than anticipated, so my recovery has taken a bit longer and muscularly it’s still rather more sore than I had hoped. However Harry Meade had asked me whether I’d like to join his team for the first in the new series of Express Eventing so Drivetime, who had been merrily ticking along, and I were kick started into action over the last two weeks!
Having never done an Express Eventing class before this was totally new to both of us! For the Express Eventing you are required to ride a test to music. It must include some set movements but you are able to choose your music and make a test up. This was a new concept for me, and because we didn’t have much time I used a CD that already had music set to walk, trot and canter to and made a test up to it. Luckily Drivetime rose to the challenge beautifully and loved the music. For those wondering, our music was variations Mike Oldfield’s, Tubular Bells. Next time we will be more prepared, and hopefully a bit more competitive in this phase.
The xc was very twisty and you were constantly on the turn. I had a great ride and we moved up the placings into 5th, the course having proved not quite so easy for some.
The show jumping was bigger and more technical than I was expecting. We also had a joker fence of 1.40m at the end which if jumped took 4 penalties off your score. I was thrilled with our round, Drivetime jumped the only clear of the field and moved up once again to finish 3rd. It was a very exciting competition and I hope to be able to compete in the rest of the series, having perfected a few more of the more technical moves required for the dressage, such as the four time changes and the canter pirouettes! Drivetime’s going to be busy this winter!
You can watch my show jumping via this link…
The younger horses are now all back in work and will be continuing their education with some dressage and jumping competitions, meanwhile I’m also very busy doing plenty of teaching.
Dassett Courage moves on to a new home
The month started on a bit of a sad note because we said goodbye to Dassett Courage. He is very lucky to be going to legend Blyth Tait, and I hope he enjoys him as much as have!
Mud larks at Pulborough!
Dassett Courage, owned by The Piece of the Action Syndicate, ended his season on a great note for 2nd in the Intermediate Novice
‘I was thrilled he put up a very solid performance. His dressage is now super consistant and he lead again here on 25, with two 9′s on his sheet. His jumping was impeccable, I was just aware of the deep going towards the end of the course, so was happy to settle for 2nd and save his legs!’
Rinwood Cooley jumped another superb clear cross country in the Novice, gaining valuable education around a course that asked quite a few questions for a young horse.
A new member of the team, Cooley All Business, enjoyed his first taste of eventing, even though the weather had deteriorated by the time it was his turn.
Emily & Cooley All Business at Pulborough
‘It was raining quite hard by the time we went xc, but he didn’t seem to mind at all and felt very classy. I’m very excited about him for next season!’
5yr old Rinwood Cooley gains his first BE point at Berkshire College
Rinwood Cooley stepped up to his first Novice with ease, doing a good dressage and jumping double clear to finish 8th, despite the wet conditions.
‘Luckily he was totally unphased by the mud and jumped beautifully. The course here is educational without being too big, so it was a perfect first Novice’
Two wins in a row for Rinwood Cooley
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Not to be out done by his stable mates this summer, the 5yr old Rinwood Cooley has pulled it out the bag with a win in the BE100 at Munstead and a week later a win at South of England.
‘He’s such a lovely horse to ride, and I’m really excited about stepping him up to the next level because he’s more than ready!’
Poor South of England really had to battle with the elements this weekend. Only in this country could the ground be too hard on the first day, so people were withdrawing.. Then flash flooding the next day meant abandonment because it was too wet!
Dassett Courage did a good test in the Intermediate for a score of 30, but stayed tucked up in the lorry for the rest of the day. By the time he was due to show jump the whole thing had been called off.
A Blenheim not for the faint hearted!
Drivetime put in another consistant performance, finishing 13th in a huge field and at what turned out to be a tough competition. He performed a lovely dressage test for a very competitive score of 41.
Emily & Drivetime at Blenheim © Nigel Goddard/KSDigital Photography
The cross country caused a bit of controversy amongst the riders, many feeling that the course was too punishing for the horses towards the end. When run anti clockwise, as it was this year, the last two and a half minutes are mostly up hill. That combined with a couple of tricky combinations to be negotiated, meant you really found out how fit your horses were. The double of brush corners coming out of the lake was probably the most influential fence on the course; the horses had to be very straight and honest because the distance between the two rode quite long for some, which meant it left a wide inviting door open to nip around the second corner rather than over it!
‘Drivetime was fabulous, he jumped all the straight routes beautifully and finished well. I was a bit disappointed that he was so slow, but I’m afraid that’s him. He’s not a big galloper, and never over pushes himself, so I’ve learnt to accept that. He looks after himself, and because of that he looked fantastic at the trot up on Sunday morning and jumped a class round in the show jumping, giving most of the fences a good foot! At the age of 16yrs old, I couldn’t ask for much more than that. He’s a very special horse, and I’m delighted that he’s finished the season so well’.
Dassett Courage showed he was back on form having won a Novice section at Borde Hill, he lead the dressage in the Intermediate Novice at Goring Heath, jumped a beautiful double clear just adding some time penulties to finish 4th.
Dassett Courage at Goring Heath
Haras du Pin
Drivetime surpassed himself in a high class field, jumping double clear to finish 5th in the CICW*** at Haras Du Pin.
A super dressage test, which was the 4* short test used in the Olympics, put him in to the lead. ‘I was thrilled with the way he went; the more difficult movements suited him.’
On first walk the xc looked imposing, with some 4* combination fences. The water was very testing with a huge log in, then across the water up to a skinny triple brush back into the water, which caught a few out. There was also a tricky combination at the end of the course which was an owl hole coming down a slope on a bold four strides to a huge brush corner.
‘Luckily with each walk the course looked more rideable, and I had the most fantastic round. The course was great because you really had to think about how you wanted to approach some of the fences and in various places there was much head scratching as to which was the best route. It really got riders thinking and produced bold accurate riding.’
Drivetime added just 8 time faults to his round and sat in 8th going into the show jumping, just 5 penalties behind the leader.
‘The show jumping phase of the World Cup classes are bigger and more technical than your normal 3*, which really suit Drivetime. The time allowed is also tight so it is very easy to pick up faults in this phase. Luckily Drivetime is a great jumper so this format can play into his hands, which it did. He jumped a cracking clear round, in the time, moving him up to finish in 5th place.’
NAF sponsored Hartpury International
Finally Summer seems to have arrived and Hartpury last week was bathed in sunshine. Drivetime felt fantastic in the CIC***, he did an excellent test and jumped double clear to finish 11th in a huge competitive section of 97 starters.
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The beautiful setting of Chilham was a first run for Caramonagh Treble Lad in the BE90. He took everything in his stride, did a good test and jumped a lovely double clear, to finish 3rd.
Emily & Cavvi at Chilham
He has now been sold to a lovely home, who will no doubt have lots of fun with him.
Arc Equine dream machine
‘I was very excited to receive my new Arc Equine machine today. It is a very useful bit of kit to have to hand for both horses and humans, for any injuries or niggles we pick up during our exersions. I cannot recommend them enough.’
To order your own with a 10% discount go onto www.arceqine.com and quote the code EB0102
Wallowing in mud at Brightling Park
Brightling did an amazing job despite the relentless weather. Dassett Courage did a pleasing test, to lie well in the top 10 in the CIC** despite the mud.
‘Although Brightling did an amazing job to keep the show on the road, I felt the ground wasn’t good enough to risk Dassett Courage jumping so I withdrew.’
Aston in the rain
Aston le Walls was still very wet, though the luxury of a surface to show jump on and excellent drainage on the xc meant that this time rain did not stop play! Dassett Courage had his first Advanced run.
Dassett Courage at Aston-le-Walls
‘He coped very well with the step up, just having a silly glance off at a skinny. He learnt a lot, and got more and more confident as we went round.’ (photo of Dassett Courage)
The beginning of July started with great excitement in the form of a trip to the Aachen Nations Cup, a competition that I have been lucky enough to compete at 3 times previously. It is a spectacular show and this time was as good as any. The British team finished 2nd, very close behind the German A team, so we were all delighted.
Drivetime & Sir Percival waiting for prize giving in Aachen
- looking very pleased with themselves!
Drivetime put in another solid performance, this time as the front runner, which was a first for us. Going first in a team has all kinds of different pressures and responsibilities, so it was a good experience for both of us. After what has been a very fragmented season, due to the inclement weather, the fantastic xc round was just the boost we both needed.
A window of sunshine at Salperton
A break in the weather meant Dassett Courage and Drivetime were able to enjoy excellent runs at Salperton. Dassett Courage finished 3rd in the Intermediate, Emily was really thrilled with the way he jumped around quite a strong xc course. Drivetime was pleased to be out, picking up a lower placing in the AI as a prep run before Aachen Nations Cup in Germany.
World Class training at the Unicorn Trust drys out dampened spirits
Emily, Rinwood Cooley and Dassett Courage spent two days training at Unicorn as part of the World Class Potential squad.
‘This mid season brush up was just what we needed after all the cancellations and wet weather. We had jumping sessions with former Hickstead Derby winner John Ledingham, who gave us lots of different exercises to work on and plenty of food for thought. On the flat I once again enjoyed seeing Angela Tucker, who always whips us into shape and sharpens my discipline up. Straightness and infront of the leg were the order of the day!’
Emily & Rinwood Cooley at Borde Hill © Spidge Event Photography
Rinwood Cooley continues to be consistant at Borde Hill and Eridge
Rinwood Cooley put in solid performances at both Borde Hill and Eridge, picking up placings at both, gaining valuable experience and milage as he goes. (photo attached) Spidge Photography
Emily gains her UKCC Level 3 coaching certificate
While everywhere has been a wash out Emily has taken this opportunity to finish her portfolio and gain her UKCC Level 3 coaching certificate.
‘I really enjoy coaching and helping people to maximise the ability of their horses. I get a real buzz seeing my pupils forfill their ambitions as riders and knowing I’ve been a part of that process.’
The first red rosette of the season in the sunshine at South of England
Rinwood Cooley surpassed himself by winning the BE100 at South of England, his second ever event. Behaving like an old pro, he only added 0.4 to his smart dressage of 29. ’The BE100 course caused lots of problem today so I was a very proud mummy that my 5yr old stepped up to the mark!’
Not to be totally outdone Dassett Courage produced yet another consistent performance in the Intermediate. A good dressage and double clear left him 5th in a strong section.
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A long drive home from Belton to think of what might have been!
Drivetime and Emily produced a fabulous test in the Grantham Cup CIC*** at the end of two long days of dressage at Belton, to lie 3rd. ‘Drivetime has been quite naughty in his last few tests, so I was thrilled that he kept all his feet on the ground and didn’t add any extra moves today! There are a lot of very good horses competing in this section so I’m really pleased to be amongst the leaders’, said Emily.
After a very long wait Drivetime bounced round the show jumping effortlessly, moving up to 2nd after this phase. The cross country was quite similar to last year, with a few tweaks here and there. The most influential fence on the course was a skinny brush coming out of the water near the end of the course. Some horses seemed to meet it on a funny distance and not read it very well. Unfortunately Drivetime was one of them.
‘How frustrating, we were flying!!’ joked Emily. ‘It obviously wasn’t meant to be today. Drivetime wasn’t even really naughty, we sort of fell on to the fence and he couldn’t jump it. I had a great ride up to then and we’ll be back to fight another day.’
Super day at Somerley
Piece of the Action’s Dassett Courage continued his great start to the season stepping back up to Intermediate level with ease. Another consistent test, and a fantastic double clear gave him 3rd place. ’I'm so pleased with Dassett Courage, he’s come out much stronger this year and seems to be thoroughly enjoying himself,’ said Emily.
Dassett Courage’s 20 dressage sets the bar high at Great Witchingham
After a quiet double clear round the Open Novice at Tweseldown, Dassett Courage blew the opposition out the water by producing a 20 dressage at Great Witchingham. He went on to produce another double clear: unfortunately he was running HC, so missed what would have been a well deserved first place!
Drivetime had his first outing of 2012 in the Advanced Intermediate at Great Witchingham, much to his great excitement. He produced a few extra moves in his dressage test, which resulted in quite a few 9′s and also a couple of 1′s! A very exuberant double clear gave him a satisfying first run to finish 4th.Emily & Drivetime photo © Hilary Manners
Exciting new sponsor
Emily is excited to announce a new sponsor on board in the form of Diamond Merchant, David Lee. This year David Lee celebrates working 50 years in Hatton Garden, and now works making bespoke jewellery using his wealth of experience, he can make any item of beautiful jewellery you could wish for.
January & February
A Productive Winter
After a short break Emily has spent the winter trying to be one step ahead of any snow that might have fallen. As it turns out it didn’t come until February and the horses were relieved to get a break for 10 days!
There is a new edition to the team in the form of an Irish 5 year old, Rinwood Cooley, who will start his eventing career this spring. He and Dassett Courage have been out doing plenty of Affiliated Show Jumping and Dressage, very successfully. Dassett Courage won three elementary test in a row and stepped up to Medium with ease, scoring above 65% in all of his tests. Not to be out done Rinwood Cooley made a winning dressage debut scoring 70% and has continued to improve with every outing.
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On the jumping front both horses have been enjoying having some fun trying to beat the show jumpers at their own game. ’Jumping against the clock really helps the horses and me to start thinking more quickly. Both horses have improved in their reactions and turns, and have picked up lots of prizes along the way.’
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Drivetime joined them at Crofton Manor last week, showing the younger horses how it should be done, never touching a pole and being placed in all his classes. ’Drivetime loves going out jumping and showing off, although the bigger the jumps the higher he goes and we waste so much time in the air that being quick enough in a jump off is quite hard!’
Emily and the horses have also thoroughly enjoyed World Class Potential Squad training in both January and February. Two days in January were spent dressage training with Angela Tucker and Nick Burton. ’It was such a productive two days, ironing out any problems, and whipping us into shape! The horses were on great form, and had all improved massively by the time we left.’
At the beginning of February they were back at the Unicorn Centre again, this time for two days of Jumping training with Kenneth Clawson. ’Kenneth always constructs such thought provoking training sessions, and these two days were no different. I was thrilled with the way all the horses jumped and I came away with plenty of ideas on how to continue their education.’
As well as the World Class sessions, GBR dressage trainer, Tracie Robinson, has been down to the yard to put Emily and the horses through their paces. ’ The improvement in the horses throughout the winter, with Tracie’s help, has been massive. She seems to have a knack of getting the best out of any horse.’
Yogi Breisner has also been down to the yard for some show jumping training, which again was very productive, although Drivetime was thoroughly overexcited about the whole experience and spent most of the time bouncing – and not just over the jumps. ’You never would believe he is the oldest by some margin! At this time of year Drivetime is always by far the worst behaved of all the horses! He appears to be looking forward to the eventing season starting as much as I am.’
Emily is thrilled to have the continued support of all her sponsors, Crew Clothing, NAF, Sabre Leather, Neue Schule and Chesterton Humberts.