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Posted on May 29, 2018 in Lisa Smith, Riders blog

Find out what Lisa @Guildhouse Sports Horses has been up to!


Well to be honest the start of the season really wasn’t the one I had in mind! The snow and wet weather saw numerous events cancel. However I continued on the best I could up here after having 3ft deep snow! I have been making a few runs down to Newmarket to collect  ex racehorses which have been sold to lovely homes the most recent one being a yearling to which I actually called in at my sponsors (Spoon Media) house on way back up for a catch up and overnight pit stop and well lets just say the yearling never made it back on to my lorry!! We had a few horses come in for schooling and for Sales livery which all went well and the relevant livery sold. I have been busy teaching as well so never been bored!

The first event we actually got to was Frenchfield where I had Zak entered for the be90 and to say i was slightly alarmed about him running was an understatement as he actually had never even made it out cross country schooling, so this was going to be his session!! He had already pulled his front show off three times in the leading couple of weeks up to event and was due to be shod the following day so we taped the shoes on (used duct tape round the foot) . Dressage is not his forte and he finds the tests tedious so his score was not as we would have like as he is either naughty or really lazy! this time he chose to be lazy! and he managed to keep his shoes on!. Showjumping was really good as was his cross country so finishing on a double clear however not placed due to his dressage but still a very pleasing result and all four shoes in tact! The event was a new fixture for the British Eventing calender and i have to say it was a lovely venue and course with great views!

cloudings dream

cloudings dream flying the ditch at Frenchfield

My next outing was to be  un-intentional national trip round the UK !! I was off to Badminton Horse Trials as part of the press for Stable Equestrian and decided that it would be a good idea to get everything done in one go whilst I was heading south! I had a horse  – Gem that was going to Dashdance stud to be put in foal now they are based in Newcastle Emlyn which is about as far south west as you can go in Wales! I also needed to visit Wayne Garrick who is the other Sponsored rider of Stable Equestrian to do a hacking interview and I needed to pick a horse up who was coming in for sales/training. So I contacted Birch Equestrian who live about 20 min from Badminton and got a stable booked for Gem and off we went down to Gloucester (6-7 hour trip). Now this is where I really shouldn’t be left alone! On the way down saw me buy another ex-racehorse which I thought would suit my Sponsor Caroline Dick and that then meant I had an extra horse to pick up!


4yo Bullet in for schooling livery and to event!

It was great to catch up with Helen Tagg who to be honest taught me everything about grooming for Event Horse. I travelled in to Badminton Daily which was great fun to see and catch up with everyone in the media industry. I then came back to the yard to find Hels using a lawn mower to cur the field which amused me somewhat! (it was actually to cut a piece down for a horse that had recently suffered a bout of colic.


Helen Tagg mowing the Field

After two days of Badminton the Sunday saw me head to Wales to drop Gem of and then head up to Wayne Garrick’s yard this was another full days driving. Gem successfully arrived and I got to see some lovely foals then I headed back up the country arriving at Wayne’s Worls at about 4pm and ready for the cup of tea that was on offer. I got to watch a dressage lesson and then we headed out for a chinese!


gorgeous foal at Dashdance Stud

The morning saw me just about cope with the farm yard animals as I am have a phobia about ducks/hens in fact anything with a beak and webbed feet or chicken feet!! Then I saw the horse i was going to hack going mental in the arena!! however it all worked out well in the end.I then headed off from Waynes and picked the first horse up in York and the second one in Morpeth finally arriving home at 10pm that night!


Wayne’s World and the pigs

Floors Castle was again an event that didn’t go quite to plan with zak as he wasn’t enjoying the going in the showjumping and I decided to retire an save him for another day we headed on to Warwick to which in my head i thought I had an extra week between the two events and didn’t so Thief of hearts had the quickest preparation for an event you’ve ever heard of and Equipe (4yo ex racer) also had a very busy week!!

equipe and guildhouse sports horses

4yo Pip at Warwick – FOR SALE!!

Warwick went well Equipe completed her first BE event with a 33.8 dressage! Thief of hearts was 11th a pole costing her a placing and Zak completed the BE100 just a slight blip at the double of houses but to say he hadn’t been xc schooling still he’s doing incredibly well!


zak at Warwick ready for Dressage

equipe and guildhouse sports horses

Equipe – 4yo ex racer at Warwick Hall Horse Trials 2018

This week see’s us at Belsay then we head to Eglington  back to Warwick then a very busy weekend with four running at Hopetoun so hopefully the weather stays kind to us!


Lisa’s mum sporting the Betta Life Bodywarmer

Want to say a massive thank you to our sponsors and supporters who help me to achieve my dream  : Spoon Media, Falcon Equine Feeds, Upsides, Neoflo, Kennedy Equi Products, Croston Corn Mill, Caroline Dick Coaching, Style Equestrian Products, Betta Life

Lisa Sporting her Uvex Sunglasses and Falcon Bodywarmer

Lisa Sporting her Uvex Sunglasses and Falcon Bodywarmer



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