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xx Summer Camp at Shillington
« Thread started on: Jul 8th, 2013, 08:05am »

The summer camp at Shillington, Beds is from 20th to 23rd of July- 4 days. There are a couple of places still available. The camp takes place on a polo ground , so good flat going.If anyone would like further details please contact Liz molyneux , or ourselves, usual contact numbers and email addresses. Look forward to seeing you there!

Charlie didnt go to his competition yesterday, as his back was very painful. We watched the tennis instead, with the kittens to keep us amused! We have 2 kittens , which came to us a fortnight ago , and now they are very tame and getting into much mischief.
We go to the Great Yorks show on Weds , mainly to spectate. However, one of Charlies students is riding in the White Rose ring - her first time , so we ll be in the collecting ring tryin g to calm her nerves! The White Rose ring is notorious for the audience being loud - the gallop past is encouraged and roared on. So you need a steady horse! My first time there with ben , pre N H , was a bit hairy [ in the previous class someone had hit the floor and been amblanced away], but I managed to control him - just! We d recently met the pro rider who took Ben to the biggest shows and he said slowly to me in his laconic way ' I dont think that horse has any brakes'!
Ben has never forgotten his N H training. He and Keanu come into the indoor school so I can give Keanu some 'pure N H' - and Ben joins in! I m doing the N H with Keanu as he may be kept rather than sold on. N H creats such a bond I think you have to be careful if you think the horse is going to go into the larger horse world. But you never know , Keanu might make our 'spare' horse , as idaho has gone on loan back to Derbyshire, where she lived before.
Keanu is responding very well. I m doing work at a very low energy , so by the end he s totally chilled. I then tack him up and take him for a walk on his own.
I m hoping to show him at the end of this month - or rather Charlie will have to as I am booked for an Alexander day on the Wolds. A small agricultural show , Huby & Sutton will expose Keanu to things like bouncy castles , crowds etc , but its no so high powered as to have him out of his depth. H e s no show horse really - thanks to a long nose , but his limbs are fairly good and he trots well!
A student has asked us to put feelers out for a loan home for her cheeky, clever and smart 14.2. He s an Appy x N F , and needs a job. I would think a bold, fearless teenager or light adult would have some serious fun on this pony . Ring me - 01347 879024- to discuss further . At present he s staying with us , later in the summer he ll be in South yorks.
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xx Re: Summer Camp at Shillington
« Reply #1 on: Jul 13th, 2013, 07:45am »

Theres only 1 week to go before Summer Camp at Shillington. I believe the good weather will hold - my A T sessions will be indoors so cool and shady for me and the pupils. The first 2 days the emphasis will be on groundwork, so if theres anyone out there [ very few places left] with a young or green horse, they would benefit emormously.
The Gt Yorks show was very interesting. As we ve read in Horse and Hound , the 'old school' classes like hunters ,cobs,hacks etc are not so well filled , whereas M&Ms and coloured s are huge. This was borne out at the GYS. CObs had less than half the competitors we used to get a decade ago, hunters ditto. The Connie class we watched had ....25! I didnt see the coloureds , but apparently they were very well filled too. Reasons given for this change vary - factors semm to include M&Ms /coloureds easy and cheap to keep , pro riders not having monopoly on the prizes , adults and children can share the ride.
On this last factor - I was shocked to see adults in the Welsh section A class - 2 adults were small enough - the third must have weighed over 12 stone and looked huge .
In the Connemara class, there were 25 - nearly all frey and a similar height /weight. The judging seems fairer in that marks are given for ride and conformation[ separate judges] then collated and the top numbers called out. This means theres no one left at the bottom of the line- never a nice place to be!
keanu has had 6 sessions now and is increasing his bend and softness. Yesterday Charlie was on the roof next door sawing, hammering etc, and Keanu never lost focus.
I must mention my kittns - which are at present scratching my legs to bits as they try to climb onto the table! Its so long since we had kittens [ 1999] and they are a complete joy. I wanted apair , tortioshell if possible and now have 1 tortie female and a tabby and white male . They waste hours of my time , but are so worth it!
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xx Re: Summer Camp at Shillington
« Reply #2 on: Jul 18th, 2013, 12:33pm »

Last call for anyone further to join us in Shillington, Beds on Saturday for summer camp.
I think sunny weather is guarenteed!
WE are leaving three cows in the 'maternity ward'. One calved last night, 2 could be any time over next week or so, so we re hoping that Kathie and Luke dont have a difficult calving to deal with . Neither has ever used a calving jack!
Charlie rode in dressage competiton yesterday. Due to judge having given him a lesson recently, he changed 1 test to an Elementary - which he won easily! the other test just had to be 'haut concours'- no rosette![ or points] We thought Wills was out of Elem, but 'officially' by B D he has a few more points to get. By Charlies reckoning he should be out - who cant count!?
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One of our home bred & backed coloured mares is up for loan/sale . Piebald born 2000, by Nicos [ KWPN] out of Willow Sharn VII NTR. Presently in Derbys. Good to all in all respects , 15.1,sound,vicefree, N H old hand,lightweight. Email me and I ll pass your details on to her owner.

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 24th, 2013, 3:06pm »

It was a very hot summer camp at Shillington! Well done to the participants , who managed to survive the days . A few shady trees helped, especially on the Mon when it was 90 . As usual there were horses of differing ages /experience/abilities , but hopefully Charlie was able to give everyone individual tuition/tasks to improve whatever they required. The liberty sessions were in a corner of a 50x35 outdoor school [ if we had one of those I dont think I d ever ride elsewhere!] and the horses all responded well. AS we coralled the area off with only a line of poles on plastic blocks 18inches high, I think we did well to only 'lose' one horse over them. And we made him jump back in!
Alexander work was indoors - lucky me !I always find A T teaching very rewarding - perhaps just as well, as I ve 8 on Sunday!

We had a really good venue. Have to say the polo world is completely new to me , and as this was a private club it was a side of equestrianism we could take alook at , and notice similarities/differences. One of the major differences is the horse- these were mostly South American horses - they looked [to me!] like LW cobs in that they were hogged, not much over 15hh and had very strong quarters . Legs were more of a hunter model . Quarter horses are similar I suppose . The horses are mostly kept outside, which is apparently unusual for polo ponies. They did not wear the severe gag bits so often seen in H&H polo reports. We hadnt the opportunity to watch a match, though a couple were played over the weekend.
Charlie and myself are very grateful for Liz organising the clinic , and appreciative of the students, venue - everything!

I m going to 'blow the trumpet' for Charlie now. One of his students , riding a horse Charlie has worked with and trained over the last couple of years, won a Regional dressage class, and now is heading for Stoneleigh. The horse sconnections are telling Charlie tha t come his Regionals , he had better do the same!
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 30th, 2013, 10:55am »

We had a busy day on Sunday. I went to East Yorks , for a full day of A T , half and half ridden and off the horse lessons. I had a super bunch of 7 , most of whom stayed to watch other lessons. They now should be ingrained with 'let the neck be free'!
Meanwhile Charlie took Keanu to his first show. We decided to do this just to get him out and about , and our most local show - Huby & Sutton is only 4 miles away, but a nice busy smallish agricultural show- seemed the best place to start. he was entered in coloured youngstock and Open in hand coloured. Both classes had about 10 in each, and he was 2nd in the first class , and 3rd in the next class. Charlie very pleased - Keanu is so naturally wary of anyhting new [ he d not enjoyed the bathing the night before , even just with sponges and no hose] but he behaved very well, just jinking at the most populated side of the ring. We might take him out a few more times before the shows peter out in Sept.
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xx Re: Summer Camp at Shillington
« Reply #5 on: Aug 2nd, 2013, 4:53pm »

Yes, Shillington was great - but too hot even for sunbathing so I spent most of the time under the trees! Well done to those who took horses and achieved so much - it was a mixed bag of horses, a few youngsters/inexperienced horses and a couple of really good horses who knew their stuff!
Judith's AT was held in a lovely cool room and she unkinked us all so brilliantly. Some of her liberty was held in the outdoor school on a blisteringly hot day but it was as magical as ever smiley

Great news about Keanu - how old is he now? Ridden classes in a couple of years perhaps? It took me several years to get a bucket near enough to Nins to wash her without losing all the water (in the sponge) between the bucket and her! I don't think I'd even dream of trying a hose!

Well done to Charlie for coaching a student to get to Stoneleigh - no pressure on him and Wills then to join them there! smiley smiley
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