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by KATE COWELL A few top tips to keep you and your horse out of naughty habits while schooling at home without your trainer Use your training mirrors if you have them and try being videoed. It’s really helpful to see yourself and your horse from a 3rd person viewpoint as you will instantly be able to keep your corrections positive and troubleshoot any issues. Make a note of your observations to keep the motivation and focus. Your position will have a real impact on your horses way of going:concentrate on sitting straight, equal, still and supple. Hints : Wear a striped top to see if you’re crooked in the mirror\video. Compare yourself on both reins in each pace. Be your greatest critic. Practise bridging your reins to keep your hands level and prevent a dominant hand Change your diagonals in trot to improve your balance round the school Keep looking up! it affects the whole of your body. I try to keep the brim of my hat 180°. If you can’t remember pin a note on your fence Focus on your breathing, it will help disable tension and subsequent crookedness **Progressing with your horse: Always go back a step in training if you get stuck on something. You can always come back to it later in the session, and in a different way. And there is always another day! Focus on the basics: rhythm, suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness and finally collection. Keep your horse in front of your aids, relaxed and happy. Avoid resistance. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Use poles to help you: on a straight line or in a fan shape. Keeps horses interested too! Count the strides in movements to get perfect symmetry on both reins such as the number of steps on a 10 m circle on left rein compared to the right. It’ll tell you a lot! Also use for leg yielding, half pass, walk and canter pirouettes. Practise test movements to maintain and improve your accuracy ** Make the most of technology: Equisense is a brilliant sensor that records everything about your schooling session. You can share i t with your trainer, and be inspired with their exercise App Make the most of online judging, record your test and have top feedback, a great way to check your on track Follow us Share...read more
• This is an exercise that is very easy to set up, you can use this in any size arena or field. I have set up the poles up with 14 yards between the poles that are opposite each other. • The object of the exercise is to help adjust the stride pattern of the horse. • So to start with try and maintain the even rhythm which is 5 strides between poles in my case. • Once you have managed that you can change the stride patterns, for me I made my pace quicker and extended the stride to get 4 strides between the poles. • After that I went to add a stride from the normal 5 to get 6. To do this I put more leg on to push the stride into my hand to shorten the stride. To help you its easier to take a wider line to get more space between the poles. • If you have managed to get to grips with that you can change the amount of strides in-between ever line. You can mix this up in any way that you like, like 5-4-5-4 or 5-5-4-4. This really helps horses maintain a good balance and helps with the adjustment of their stride. Follow us Share...read more
Hello all,i hope you’re all coping during lock down and have managed to keep riding. I have to make a small confession….. I’ve really enjoyed it, the relaxing feeling of no competing, no clients popping up and wanting the world from you. I’ve been 24/7 helpful since I was 16, I don’t do holidays or time off in general, so this enforced break has been very refreshing. Some of our horses had a break. Some on tick over and others on more rigerous training on the flat. But I have spent my time doing odd jobs, painting things, putting up new yard gates and purchasing a new llama for elvis to annoy. So everyone meet Mimi. She was a lot younger than I had thought so they are currently staying separate with contact but no sexual liaisons. Elvis is not impressed at the internevtion. I have also llama proofed the front fence so elvis can’t escape out on the the road through the main yard, he still manages to escape through next doors garden and sometimes stays in there long enough to really annoy their dogs before taking off on another cross country adventure.I have also had 2.4 acres reseeded which is sloaly but surely growing, even with the lack of rain. I’ve sold a couple of the goats and the white sheep, I’m not sure why I decided to be racist towards the white ones other than if my brown tup breeds with them I get white babies instead of brown ones and they aren’t as cute. So off they go. After a successful goose breeding season I have to reduce the security squad. From 14 adult birds I’m going to drop to possibly 5 which will be my most fiercest geese thta will be fully trained by the SAS and marines.Once the lockdown had been relaxed a little we had my new sponsors Stübben over to fit saddles to my team. Nicola Kidd is a fabulous saddle Fitter and also with her past riding of young horses at woodlander stud means that she is really aware of how even the smallest alteration to a saddle can make a colossal difference. I’m so excited to be working alongside themViv has chosen the Aramis II dressage saddle with the rise gold detail.Figgy has chosen the zaria optimum monoflap jump saddleHera the phoenix elite jump saddle. Each saddle brings something different for each horses style of jumping whilst supporting me as a rider. Figgy also has his first child, Fabtastic was born just over a week ago. Out of my TB sprinter mare, Foxy.She has come out a little lot windswept and is on a veterinary care programme ensuring we can get her straightened up and stronger. All that aside, she is super, super cute Ru has turned two and is maturing into a rather beautiful lady too.Looking forward to getting back out there into the real world whilst maintaining a safe distance. Stay safe all and kick on Follow us Share...read more
With only a week to go until Mothers Day it’s worth having a look on www.top-stocks.co.uk to find that perfect present. And if you use the promo code MUM at the checkout you will receive a 15% discount. There is a huge range of stocks, pins and clothing for those who ride and/or compete, but what about those, possibly, non-horsey mums who are long suffering grooms, drivers and general helpers with our horses? Findra merino sportswear is perfect for those chilly early starts – baselayers, tops, neckwarmers, head bands and bobble hats in beautiful colours would all make a lovely surprise. They are made from Italian sport merino yarn which has antibacterial and self regulating properties. With no seams on the garments, there is no irritating rubbing, and with a long shaped back, long sleeves and thumb holes they are super comfortable and practical, as well as being extremely smart. The Coldstream Kimmerston gilet is a very useful extra layer for either riding or general casual wear. Available in a beautiful wine and a classic navy they coordinate well with the Findra clothing. Coldstream baselayers also available in wine, black and navy/raspberry. And of course, for those mums who are out there competing or hunting there is always a stock in ivory/cream/white silk or cotton to wear with a show jacket/hunt coat or tails, or a beautifully patterned coloured design to wear with a tweed. You could always match up with one of many stock pins – in gold or silver and a wide range of coloured stones. If you are still undecided we also offer gift vouchers for any amount – please contact me on email@example.com as these are not on the website yet. They can however be used on the website as come with an individual code to be used at checkout. These are valid for 6 months so plenty of time to make a selection. ORDER TODAY FROM TOPSTOCKS Follow us Share...read more
Last year proved extremely busy, rewarding and produced very exciting results – Kate Cowell Dressage
It’s been so much fun alongside my owners and sponsors experiencing and watching the horses develop….. Firmino aka Maverick started 2019 by winning his first PSG, while Dramatic Conquest aka Delilah, owned by Trish Andrews competed her first Small Tour International at Keysoe in March producing a good PSG to finish in fourth place as well as competing only her second Inter I and came 5th!! I have had this lovely mare since she was a foal and its been such a great journey that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, she is turning out to be a true superstar. Sirocco,aka Suchi, owned by Helen Illes came out for his first show at Keysoe Premier League all guns blazing in April with a whopping win of 71% bagging the Golden Ticket straight through to the Summer National Championships. Delilah claimed her first PSG win at Addington’s Premier League with 71% gaining her Golden Ticket to the Summer National Championships and a second spot with another 71% in the Inter I. While Ray-Ban, aka UV, co owned with Jonny Clarke-West, produced a super test to finish 3rd in the PSG.READ MORE 2019 International OutingsBolesworth International CDI***Hickstead International CDI**Hartpury International CDI***Keysoe CDI*** WINTER WORK OUT Samba Dancer establishing GP Ray-Ban small tour.winter regs ad med and psg Sirocco competing inter1 winter regs and developing intermediate II training Joolz strength and conditioning Dramatic conquest developing grand Prix Firmino developing inter II Delbury strength and conditioning 2020 OUTLOOK Samber Dancer competing Grand Prix Premier League’s Tour and aiming International Ray-Ban competing PSG/Inter 1 at Premier League, Small Tour International and BD National ChampionshipsSirocco continued focus Inter II training with aim of competing Inter II locally through to Premier LeagueJoolz young horse 6 yr old national classes aim for Young Horse Championships and BD National ChampionshipsDramatic Conquest compete Inter II locally aiming Grand Prix Premier LeagueFirmino looking for new co-owner Delbury compete Young Horse 4yr olds Follow us Share...read more
From the author of Planet Fran – Population One They say there’s a book in everyone. I’d wanted to write a book for what-felt-like forever and just never got down to doing it. Mostly, I think, not because I wasn’t motivated to do it but because I was quite afraid of the blank screen in front of me. What would I write and how would I know if what I was writing was going in the right direction. I mean, within a story, there are countless characters that can be created and countless decisions they will make that could change the very essence of the plot and character development. So, for years on end, I procrastinated, continued reading books and watching endless movies but rarely did I actually put pen to paper (or, rather, fingers to keyboard) to actually get a work-in-progress underway and every idea I came up with just didn’t seem to hold water for me. What changed? I got older and realised time was slipping by so I focussed my attention on what I knew about. They say, write what you know. Well, I knew about setting up a business and I knew about horses and I knew about the difficulty coming to riding as an adult. These combined gave me the skeleton of a story that became Planet Fran – Population One. Fran McBride is a serial dreamer of riches with great ideas but no-one will back her. She has a complete dislike of all things equestrian, too. The book follows Fran’s journey to learn to ride and jump her nemesis, Batman, as she tries to prove herself to secure the investment she needs to launch her new business. Once I had a workable idea, I was disciplined in writing it. I set myself aggressive word-count targets per week. I didn’t often meet them but having those targets kept me writing. I didn’t worry about draft one; if the story didn’t hang together at points, that didn’t matter, it could be fixed during editing. The important point was to write and keep on writing and that’s what I did. In addition to Planet Fran, I now also have a children’s book out: Lauren and Buddy, Time to Shine, a lovely pony story of triumph for ages 8-12. Book 2 in the Planet Fran trilogy is now written and is currently in editing. Watch out for it coming later this year! They say there’s a book in everyone. Is there a book in you? Sponsored by writersretreatuk.co.uk You can buy Josie King’s books at writersretreatuk.co.uk/shop All books purchased at writersretreatuk.co.uk come signed. Follow us Share...read more
Why you should always wear a Hat – James Boulton had a minor bleed on the brain from a freak incident
James Boulton was involved in a freak accident when loading a horse. I have seen many riders loading horses (including myself not wearing a hat when doing so ). This just shows how important it is to be wearing a hat at all times when handling horses!. James tells us what happened after the incident that was caught on camera! Well… after talking jiberesh for the rest of that day I was taken to hospital and rushed through for a CT scan. Thankfully the yard has the cctv footage to show the incident. Initial response on the Sunday was no major bleed and was told could go home, rest etc but to call 999 should I pass out or vomit….. slept for pretty much two days straight and woke up vomiting…. went to docs who requested 2nd review of CT do discover I had a minor bleed. Same treatment of rest and return should anything happen. Simple tasks such as talking on phone, watching tv etc all have me headaches and for first 8 days and didn’t hardly get out of bed. As back at docs for check up last week and they happy with progress…. got back on horse and only walked last Friday and rode properly today in prep for regionals on Wednesday. massive thank you Jess for your help this morning….. first time I’ve ridden properly in over three weeks due to a bleed on my brain and heading to Easton College Equestrian Centre for the regionals tomorrow. Thankfully Florence is a mega star, but not anticipating too much of a result. Lesson learnt from this is always wear your hat folks! You never know what might happen! This hurt…. a lot! Put me out of action for three weeks, but could have been much worse!As always mummy (Jane)has been amazing looking after Florence and Roxanne has kept Florence ticking over to help make this week happen… thank you both xx Now…. back to this test learning Follow us Share...read more
January is always an interesting month – after the hectic pre Christmas rush to get everyone’s orders out in time, the first month of a new year is a great time to look forward to an exciting time ahead. Orders are still coming in so it’s a time to re-stock ahead of the Eventing season as all items have been rundown a bit with all the Christmas orders. BETA International, which is held at the NEC over 3 days in mid January, is always a great day out – a chance to catch up with existing suppliers, find some new, interesting products, listen into demos and talks and watch the fashion show. I also usually bump into tradestand friends that I haven’t seen since the summer months while out in the road at horse trials, which is always fun. This year’s show was a good one and I did find some lovely new clothing items. Firstly I made a visit to an existing supplier to view the new Coldstream range. I already stock the lovely Lennel baselayers and Kilham breeches in white and I was very impressed with the quality of this new premium range. So I have added the Kilham breeches in taupe – a lovely colour that are perfect for those who prefer a slightly darker shade rather than a cream/beige tone – and the gorgeously snug Kimmerston quilted gilets in navy and Windsor wine. These are a great extra layer perfect for any time of the year. These are all available on the website now – www.top-stocks.co.uk – and the first 10 Coldstream orders will receive a free Coldstream baseball cap, and the very first order will also receive a free pair of Coldstream Pawston performance socks. I also ordered some beautiful sleeveless and short sleeved show shirts. Next up was a visit to the stand of a very new company, DVR Equestrian – I had seen their collection in the BETA magazine and was very interested in both their designs and technical innovations. The specialist sports fabric is produced in Italy and incorporates recycled ocean plastics. It offers muscle control, UV protection, is oil resistant, is fully breathable and wicks away moisture, has two-way stretch and shape retention. And the colours and designs are amazing to top it all off! So impressed that the Santos show shirt has stock loops – I know this is a small detail but how difficult is it to find show shirts with them?! The fabrics really feel amazing against the skin – incredibly light and cool to the touch. These show shirts and base layers will be with me in April and will retail at £56.99. There were lots of other interesting items that I am thinking over, possibly for later in the year. As the show is showcasing the new autumn/winter ranges many items are not available until summer time so I have plenty time to consider these. I listened into a very helpful talk about using social media to increase sales from websites – I was glad to hear that many of the things I do on social media are good, but could be improved. I brought away plenty of top tips to utilise Facebook and Instagram in a better way! The fashion show is a great...read more
CKD Art is a family run pet portrait business based in Cheshire comprising of a husband and wife duo. “We work great together as a team and work to our strengths” The husband Colin being the engine (the artist!) and the wife Kim being the ship (keeping everything afloat and on course!) Colin is a talented self taught artist who is now following his dream as a respected artist and rightly so. Kim has spent her entire working career in sales so is the front of house dealing with all the customer enquiries, orders, finances and delivery. Not to mention she is also responsible for the making of the bespoke hand made boards that have proved so popular with all their customers for being that little bit quirky and robust. “ We believe we offer something a little bit different from what you generally see on the market with portraits on distressed wooden boards and slate but with a personal service that clients leave feeling like friends rather than customers “ They have high hopes for their little business in 2020 and will be attending many shows across the UK. Keep an eye on their page for upcoming work and feel free to follow them! To enquire on a price of a portrait of your pets or horses PM them on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ColinKimDavisonArt/ Follow us Share...read more
I have over 20 years experience in the textile and fashion industries. Being a keen equestrian I have always struggled to find good quality riding stocks in interesting designs, so I started to make my own. So in 2009, after realising there was a definite lack of choice available I decided to combine my interests in textiles/fashion design and horses!A further interest in vintage jewellery and good design led me to source one off stock pins in gold or silver, with a variety of different coloured stones and classic pearl to complement the look. The range of pins changes constantly due to their vintage nature – every one is a real find. All Top Stocks stocks are handmade by myself in Cumbria. I love sourcing special fabrics resulting in a large range of silk and cotton fabrics including prints, many from Liberty of London, and special embroidered, beaded and embellished designs, offering the wearer a real sense of individuality. Your new stock will come complete with a gift box for storage, and a ‘how to tie your new stock’ illustration card.There are other ranges of handmade gifts and homeware in equestrian and country themed fabrics. For the fashion conscious I also stock a selection of quality competition and casual riding gear from The likes of Esperado, Hy and Findra. Find them on Facebook Go to Website by clicking this link Topstocks.co.uk Follow us Share...read more