The Jumps Are Getting Higher

After a hectic start to the beginning of the month, I took it a bit easy. During this time I have worked on techniques and it has released time in B’s training schedule for Kitty and my mum to do some riding. They have both enjoyed the experience with Mum starting to feel more secure and Kitty rebuilding her confidence and finally yesterday cantering B round the small arena.

With lots of school activities leading up to the Christmas holidays, it has been hard to keep on top of my riding as well. We finished school on Thursday and this means that I now have time to really dig in and get back to the training schedule.

Declan has pushed the bar up literally and in training, I am now jumping nearly 1-meter jumps, which of course B clears easily. I had hoped to jump at EEC tomorrow but B has had to have some injections in her hock due to some stiffness so she will need a few days of quiet to recover.

Now that I have been riding for nearly 6 months there is no excuse for not getting it all right. I am literally doing exercises for hours at a time to just get one small move right. Both B and I find this very frustrating and sometimes I think Declan has a hard time from me because of my frustration that I simply cannot get something simple right.

Luckily Declan doesn’t give up on me and even when I am being really horrible he gets me through the tough times and ensures that I come out doing what I need to.


some videos of the past few lessons





Three days – Marcus Wenz Training

Well, this week will be a challenge. Dujumping are hosting Marcus Wenz on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We have an hour a day of individual tuition and training with him.

Marcus is a pretty big deal in the showjumping world and has worked with top teams including being the national trainer for Luxembourg and Belarus. I felt a little nervous as I have been riding for such a short time I thought I might just not be good enough for him to even start helping me. When I met him I realised how nice he was and he soon put me at ease as we started to put together some jumps to train over.



We soon got started and he was very structured, ensuring I had better control, stopping and riding more accurately. It was really great fun and I can’t wait to do some more today.

Here is a small clip of the end of the training session.




Chaotic Tuesday …

So Tuesdays are always a little chaotic. Mum collects us from school on her way home from work at 3.20pm and my sister has her riding lesson in Desert Palm at 4pm. Normally it takes about 25 minutes to get home so there is just about time to drop off her friend Bobbie who does a car share with us, grab our riding kit and go again to be in Desert Palm at 4pm. We were on track until…

We have 5 dogs all of which have been rescued off the street over many years, most have been seriously injured or harmed and we have nursed them back to health and rebuilt their trust, unfortunately we have one dog (Fudge) that none of the other dogs like and he lives in a fenced area so they don’t attack him, yesterday evening it would appear that the maintenance man had left the gate open, so as we arrived all the dogs including Fudge ran to meet us at the gate which resulted in a huge dogfight. We only have a 3-minute turn around time, to get back out. We all leapt on the dogs and with some difficulty separated them.


Mum and Kitty got changed and raced back out the door, I stayed as I had homework to do and also I wanted to check that Fudge was ok. He had a nasty bite on his chest, so I cleaned it with betadine and put him on a comfy cushion, got out my homework which was really hard maths and I had no idea how to start so I had some supper and waited for Mum to return from Kitty’s riding lesson. I needed Mums to help me do my maths get me to my riding lesson but most importantly check that Fudge would be ok.

Mum and Kitty arrived home at 5.30pm and Mum said that Fudge was going to need to go to the vet, I also had to go riding at Dujumping stables as I have a competition tomorrow in Al Habtoor and as I fell off yesterday it is really important that I ride tonight. Mum phoned the vet who said to bring Fudge up as an emergency, luckily Dad came home so Dad and Kitty took Fudge to vet, where he needed some stitches, and Mum and I headed to the stables. Dad and Kitty would make themselves supper when they got in and Mum will eat later.


I had a really good ride on B and felt confident even after my fall yesterday. The stables were a bit hectic as there were a group of young people collecting 1 million signatures for the Rulers Birthday there. I ran through my dressage routine and then Mum realised that as this was a National Show and not a training show we would need the correct outfit so at 9pm we were heading to the mall in the hope of pulling together a dressage outfit. By 10pm I was in bed but Mum still had work to do, she had to design a roll up for an event at the stables next month which needed to be with the printers tomorrow and she still had to do some administration for the new business she is working on.  Tomorrow I have to be at the show by 5pm. I will update you if all the chaos and rushing and hard work of yesterday was worth it.

Wish me luck – I will update you tomorrow.