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Images courtesy of Dave Cameron Photography – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright Which is your Favourite Event and why? Fave event : we are very lucky that we get to compete at some of the most beautiful settings in the country so having a favourite is really difficult, I do love when there is a castle or a stately home, this year driving into the new venue at glamis castle with the stunning view of the castle right in front of you, it felt like I was in an episode of downtown abbey lol What is your most embarrassing moment? I have Many ! If you ask my sister she will vouch that I attract embarrassing situations, I have no filter this seems to be my problem. One that’s just off the top of my head as it’s sort of horsey related, I walked into the stable managers at Blair this year and the FEI vets, officials and such were there, they were having a go at telling each other jokes (it was evening and the wine was opened) , they asked me to tell one, so after a quick think I proceeded to tell them the most shockingly inappropriate joke, I immediately had one of those did I just say that out load moments, The joke didn’t get much laughs, and I made a swift exit, and no I am not telling you the joke ! Do you have a hobby/ favourite pastime away from the horses? I am a horse addict which leaves me no time for any other hobbies, I do a little bit of extra exercise and yoga, but that’s only to help me with the riding not because I enjoy it. Whats your favourite motto? ’fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ my high school PE teacher told me that and it’s stuck with me and it really suits me. Whats the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone? I have major self esteem issues, it really holds me back in every aspect of life as I dont push myself, or put myself out there, I stay very much in my comfort zone, and I allow myself to be treated unfairly, especially in this industry. But I am working on it, just doing this is a major step for me. I am a very bubbly person so you would never know. What is your favourite TV programme? I am more into movies, I love a Rom com or something funny, no scary movies ! Oh and anything that David Attenborough does, he is my ultimate fave human If you could be an animal what would you be and why? nothing ! I would hate to come back as an animal, there is so much animal abuse out there I would no doubt come back as something like a whale that’s ingested a tonne of plastic ! However, if I could have a super hero power it would be to stop time, as I am always late ! What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? I love being organised, so will often plan my day out, and what I am doing the next day, or if I am going to a show I...read more
Horses are coming back into work if they’ve had a break over the festivities, and we are all looking forward to the spring, and longing for lighter morning and evenings! So if you feel your competition clothing is possibly looking a bit shabby, it’s worth having a look on www.top-stocks.co.uk as there are some bargains to be had, before the new season’s items start coming in. For Horses is a fantastic brand of equestrian clothing from Italy. With a close eye for detail, strong fashion sense, and good knowledge of sport technical fabrics their premium garments are hard to beat. The Aria show shirt is an immaculately designed piece by For Horses Italy. The traditional white panel at the front of the shirt allows this model to be perfect for the competition arena. The luxurious wickable and breathable microfibres provides on each of the softest and lightest fabrics you can wear against your skin. Machine washable. Sizes S-XL. Reduced from £98.00 to £60.00. Winnie breeches in dove grey which is a pale taupe. Made from top quality Italian technical/performance fabric they are comfortable, lightweight and breathable with a silicon seat, perfect for every everyday riding or competing. The attention to detail is typical of this high end brand. Mid-rise. Machine washable. Leg length: regular. Sizes 24”-32″. Full price £148.00, now £90.00. For Horses Yakie show jacket in navy. A traditionally styled jacket in 4 way stretch material from premium Italian brand For Horses. Made from an innovative technical fabric which moves with you while riding, this jacket is extremely comfortable. Double vented for the ultimate fit. Water repellent and quick drying properties are perfect for British weather conditions. For Horses branding on upper arm and on the front buttons. Material: Softshell, 100% polyester, machine washable at 30 degrees. Sizes M-XL left. Now £250.00 reduced from £318.00. It’s not just For Horses products that are reduced – have some other fantastic competition and everyday breeches available. HyPerformance Oxburgh breeches in beige. Comfortable, lightweight and breathable breeches with a full Alos leather seat, perfect for every everyday riding or competing. Featuring cream coloured binding around the front pockets and back, These breeches look both smart and professional. Complete with belt loops and elastic anti-bulk stretch ankle hems, the breeches are finished with a Hy embossed button. Machine washable. Leg length: regular. Sizes 24”-32”. Also available in navy. Were £70.00, now £56.00. Aren’t these a gorgeous colour?! HyPerformance Merlewood breeches in marine green offers the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and style all in one breech. 4-way stretch material ensures a comfortable fit allowing unrestricted movement whilst the full seat in the signature Hy honeycomb silicone print ensures security in the saddle. Cut to a mid-rise waist with no bulk stretch ankle cuffs they alo feature 4 practical pockets – 2 front and 2 on the rear. Contrast stitching to the waist, zip and pockets add the finishing touches. Sizes 24”-32”. Were £80.00, now £64.00. Looking forward to the new season I will be visiting BETA on 19th January to meet up with existing suppliers and find new, exciting products. Can’t wait to get going again! Contact Topstocks today via our website by clicking here by Facebook by clicking the Facebook logo or by phoning 01228 675671 Follow us Share...read more
By Kate Cowell Dressage Understanding aspects to help make a top test: Scales of training Accuracy Fluency and Harmony Ease of movements Showmanship Degree of risk Mistake free Horse is a happy athlete Let’s talk about these in more detail: 1) The scales of training are a German systematic approach of training which riders, trainers and judges adhere to: Rhythm, suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness, collection You achieve each one in order as the horse develops his education and training up the levels from novice to advanced. 2)Ease of movements are achieved if the scales of training have been accomplished. The horse can demonstrate the movements securely with confidence and energy. The horse is confront of the leg and on the aids. 3) Accuracy riding from market to marker, again demonstrating that the horse is on the aids. Circles are the right size, lines are straight, corners are ridden. 4)Fluency and Harmony where the test flows easily and with no restriction, tension or resistance. The horse looks supple, elastic, engaged and confident. 5)Showmanship is where the rider is able to ride with confidence and intelligence to showcase the horse in its best light. 6) Degree of risk relates to where the rider decides how much effort to put into a movement to gain maximum marks, thus increasing the risk of potentially making a mistake. He who dares wins! 7) Mistake free tests with no glitches, mess ups, spooks or error of course. 8) A happy athlete is a horse that looks well, happy and calm which has been achieved through harmonious education (not through force or fear) How do I relate this to my competition test riding? A) At home with your trainer/training mirrors: Get excellent basics through the the scales of training. Perfect your transitions, half halts, straightness. Responsiveness to your aids and submission Work on your position. Develop your poise so it becomes autonomous [My goal: I focus on my symmetry] Mentally focus on accuracy when you practise your movements Off the horse: practise the test through mental visualisation :Sit in with judges to see their perspective and translate to your own test riding. :If you want to maximise your marks you ultimately need to show the judge what they want to see! B)Pre- Competition Test Riding: Ride through the test, this will expose the weaknesses. ‘re-evaluate and go back to your training plan. Videoing the test will help hugely as it often looks different from how it feels in a test situation. Practise training at different venues to ensure your horse can cope with other stimuli C)Competition: Stick to a good warm up plan. Have confidence in all your preparation you’ve done at home. Don’t “win the warm up”; aim to have your horse right for the test. This may take several months to get right, and you may need a trial and error approach. Not the same approach works for each horse! [Tip: I have one advanced horse that is far more successful if I warm up for only 25minutes. Another advanced horse needs stretching for 20 minutes, a rest in the stable then another 30 minutes warm up before the test.] Key movements to gain marks easily: 1) Enter down centre line, halt, salute, proceed in trot. Anyone can achieve a minimum of 8/10 for...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
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Irish titan Billy Twomey won the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Grand Prix for a remarkable third time in five years after an exhibition of world-class showjumpjng at the M&S Bank Arena. Image by Lucy Hall Photography – all rights reserved Billy, one of the most consistent Irish riders of his generation, followed Liverpool grand prix wins with Diaghilev in 2015 and 2016 by scooping a £26,000 top prize. He triumphed in the jump-off on Kimba Flamenco by almost two seconds from 18-year-old British prospect Jack Whitaker, riding Elucar V.E. and British Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful Holly Smith, who was third aboard Hearts Destiny. Image by Lucy Hall Photography – all rights reserved Course designer Alan Wade’s brilliant track tested every combination in a 31-strong field, with just six making it through to the jump-off. And Billy showcased all his experience to preserve an amazing record of every Liverpool grand prix either being won by himself or fellow Irishman Shane Breen. “To win the grand prix three times here is amazing,” Billy said. “My horse jumped fantastic. He has been close to doing something in the last couple of shows, and finally it has paid off for me and him here. “I am delighted for the owner and everyone involved with the horse. A win always helps everything. “He is an extremely talented horse. He has won a CSIO five-star grand prix in Falsterbo, so he is winning at every level, which is good. “The course builder is probably the best course builder on the planet. He made it difficult enough that it wasn’t a giveaway to anyone. You needed to jump the course. It wasn’t a rat-race.“In the jump-off, I tried to put it up to the rest of the riders. Sometimes, when you go early, you don’t really know, but thankfully I held on to clinch the win.” We caught up with Kim Barzilay owner of Kimba Flamenco who owns Kimba stud , Cody is a Homebred horse, he’s was bred at kimba Farm stud, he is out of Emma-Jo Slater’s favourite mare, a mare called Uttah Van Het Indihof who was a prolific winner for Emma and she was by Heartbreaker. We have had five maybe six foals out of her and he (Kimba Flamenco) was the first. We have a field full of them coming through which is very very exciting and we have a full sister to Cody (Kimba Flamenco) as well who is rising three next week so a very nice editing prospect. Tell me more about how this horse was produced; The horse was produced by us with Emma Jo at home which is Kimba Stud. Emma took him to the Horse of the Year Show for the fox hunter final 7yr old talent seekers final and the grade c final and did very will. Emma is not one for going abroad all the time and so for that reason all my top horses get passed on to Billy and he does a very good job with them. What are the plans now for this horse? Well Billy has talked about wanting to go to florida! Maybe Leipzig in a few weeks. We have jumped a couple of World Cups on him and he was clear jumping last week in Madrid with just one time fault so...read more
Lila Bremner, daughter of star impressionist Rory Bremner, triumphs at Liverpool International in the 1.25 Jump off
Lila Bremner delivered an outstanding display in amateur classes at this year’s TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show drew to a close. Lila helped Great Britain’s pony team win a silver medal at the European Championships in Poland earlier this year, and she has made an impressive start to her career on horses. And that was emphatically underlined by her performance in the AW Jenkinson Forest Products 1.25m jump-off class at M&S Bank Arena. Image by Lucy Hall Photography – all rights reserved and is subject to copyright Riding Memphis V/D Vaart, Lila, who is the daughter of star impressionist Rory Bremner, triumphed after a jump-off that saw five combinations progress from round one. And a time of 31.77 seconds proved enough to beat closest rival Eleanor Hall Mcateer, with Crisanta, while Elsi Jacques filled third and fourth spots on Morginti and Da Vinci, respectively. Reflecting on her triumph, a delighted Lila said: “He has jumped clear all week here, so it has been really good, “The plan in the jump-off was to go for it, really. I had a good draw, and it paid off. It was quite a good jump-off for me because he has got a big stride.“I got the horse in February. He’s only seven, so this year I have just been getting used to him, and to win here is exciting.“I was second here last year in one of the pony classes, but to get a win, I never expected it.” Follow us Share...read more
Joss Williams Claims an Impressive Victory in the CSIAm-A Jump off 1.15m sponsored by Equestrian Surfaces
Leicestershire rider Joss Williams reduced his owner to tears as he claimed an impressive victory at the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show. Joss took the Equestrian Surfaces amateur 1.15m jump-off class with 17-year-old Zandokan Z after 15 combinations made it through to a race against the clock. And it proved a thrilling experience for the horse’s owner Jan Coomer, who travelled from her Guernsey base to enjoy New Year in Liverpool and watch her pride and joy compete. “I have had him for two years, and have a good owner Jan Coomer, who lives in Guernsey, and he really is her pride and joy. She is in tears, jumping up and down,” Joss said.“She has come from Guernsey to spend the New Year here, so it’s lovely.” Ireland’s Carol Gee had set the pace on Fernhill Splash, clocking 29.72 seconds, so Joss knew he had it all to do. “It’s a magic win,” Joss added. “He is an older horse now, and he was the only one I had here this week. “He’s quite spooky, so it took the first two days for him to get used to things, and today he felt really good.“There were a lot of quick combinations in the class, and maybe the run down to fence number two, I just let him gallop and kept travelling, which I think helped in terms of our jump-off time.” Third place went to Katherine James and Isidoor, with Emma Jones and Fiero du Riou. finishing fourth. Follow us Share...read more
Prolific Liverpool winner Angel Tough came up trumps once again at the M&S Bank Arena to land the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show under-16 title. Manchester-based Angel won two classes at the inaugural Liverpool show in 2015, and she has continued her impressive progression ever since. So much so, that she was part of the gold medal-winning Great Britain children on horses team at the 2017 European Championships in Slovakia, riding her latest Liverpool champion Callumbus. And Angel had to really work for victory, with 15 combinations from 23 starters making the jump-off and ensuring a fast and furious battle for top spot. Their time of 27.73 seconds was almost a second quicker than the rest, though, with North Yorkshire’s Hannah Barker finishing second on Cartouche II, LIla Bremner and Cocktail D’Azur taking third and Ava Vernon on Jolie Fleur van de Noordheuval finishing fourth. Reflecting on her Liverpool success story, Angel said: “The first year, I won two classes here on a pony owned by my grandad, and apart from last year, I have won a class at Liverpool every year. “It is my last year at under-16 level. We won a gold medal in 2017, and he (Callumbus) has won pretty much everything, really.“He always pulls it out of the bag. You can spin him on the spot, and he just loves it.“I love this show. It is one of my favourites, and if I could go to any show, it would be this one.” Follow us Share...read more
Berkshire rider Tatiane Mauree launched the final day of this year’s TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show with an immaculate winning performance at M&S Bank Arena. The 15-year-old, who is based near Newbury, delivered two clear rounds to land the Pony of the Year Show 148cm Championship. It was a feat none of her 16 challengers could manage as Tatiane and Horseabout Zibu took top honours from Elsi Jacques, riding Trevoulter Ladies Man in a two-way jump-off contest. Charlotte Bevan and Champs Palace – quickest of the first round four-faulters – finished third, with Ireland’s Max Foley and Valma De Fougnard in fourth. “It is unusual to have only one double clear,” Tatiane said. “It is a very high standard of course-building, there were some great riders in the class and it really could have been anyone’s day. “I was last to go in the jump-off, I knew Elsi had had four faults, so I knew had to go clear, but then you can’t put all your eggs in one basket. You have to think of the time as well.” Reflecting on her combination with the nine-year-old mare, Tatiane added: “I have had the pony for nearly four years. “She had only been jumping for six months before I got her, and you could see from her temperament that she was going to be really hard-working with the right attitude. “We’ve had a great year. We have been lucky enough to compete at a number of big shows, but today would definitely be our biggest win of 2019.” Follow us Share...read more