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Posted on Jan 10, 2015 in Mia Korenika, Riders blog, Showjumping

Mia – January 2015

So after a storming end to 2014 goals had been set and preperations in place for the first month of 2015..

Honey (Verita in the ring) the fantastic mare I started riding last summer for my wonderful owners the Drummond family was all set for 3 RIHS winter novice qualifiers.

Firstly Addington Manor then Keysoe and then at the end of the month Arena UK.

Off the back of a meteoric rise through the classes and lots of winnings this was a good opportunity for another prestigious and fun final for her. The class is run under table a10 (first round is a long course and goes up by 10 cms during the round) followed by a jump off. So 1.10/1.20m first round and a 1.30m jump off. She was outstanding in all three qualifiers but the elusive 1st or 2nd place just wasn’t to be ours (approx 60 starters each time) She jumped clear and 4f twice including an unfortunate fence down due to a a bug in her ear!. She now wears a fly hat!! And just the most ridiculous 4f in the final qualifier.

We regrouped and went out to Keysoe at the end of Jan and we’re 3rd in both the newcomers and foxhunter with two double clears. I’ve learned how much pressure you can put on yourself when trying to qualify can really affect your performance, mentally more than anything.. (trying too hard!)

So I have a much better handle on that now

Young Cherie (Cherie Polyn) a rising 6yr old westfalian mare with not a lot of mileage and a more sensitive disposition is new project for some more lovely owners Mair and Steve James. She started out and about to gain some experience and confidence with me in a 1m class a 1.05m class and then moved successfully up into Newcomers where she should be. She surprised me (pleasantly) and has now had 2 clear and 4f rounds at 1.10/1.20m so we’re planning lots more outings at that to gain mileage.

I’m so fortunate to have 2 fantastic owners to work for, my competitive mojo is really back!

Honey and i are in the top 5 of the silver league in the east.. exciting! It’s fun and satisfying to see your name at the sharp end of the league!
Personally a really funny thing has been changing my name throughout my personal and professional world. January was a deadline for me.. andy and I got married in may so I think I’d allowed long enough!

Mia Korenika became Mia Palles-Clark even in the ring.. I’m getting used to it and I know my clients are too it’s only my Facebook business page that won’t let me change it which is a challenge!

Coaching wise I’m blessed with some superb clients from all over the country, January saw me at clinics in St Albans, Quainton Stud near Aylesbury, Kent, Suffolk academy training,  private clients at my base near Newmarket and other customers from around the region including Northants, Beds and Cambridgeshire.

I love my job it’s so varied and so rewarding.

Currently I work as a lecturer in equestrian subjects at Oaklands college st Albans. Just one day a week at the moment and I’ve been there for 5 years. At the beginning of January I took a  big decision to hand my notice in. It’s been a great experience but I feel I need to make space for my clients now as the coaching is just growing all the time. So I’ll finish there by Easter. New year new decisions to make!

I can’t say January is my favourite month but it is all about new beginnings and setting goals for the season I really enjoy that part.

My mum and her husband David (A professional artist) spend January and half of February in florida and mainly at the Wellington Equestrian Festival.. I think they’ve got that right! 


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