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Brand Ambassador's September Update

Sarah Whincup
It's been a great month this month, I have been concentrating on schooling my Welsh section D, Stallion Mountainhare Jacks Lad. We have been working on stretching and working over the back, and training the medium trot, small circles before each medium trot, stretch up tall and focusing on the marker, making a good return. Also, we have been strengthening the canter by asking for four uphill steps then steady ones, then leg yielding from the outside to the inside, then working a good straight line. Jacks worked so hard and at the end of the month we won our test with over 71%! So chuffed.

Betty won today. My super buy from the York sales won the gold freestyle section at Manor Grange. I am so pleased with her work. Her paces are amazing.

Pikkert and I have had physio too which is very important. I have been struggling with my right side, it hasn’t been working so well, which now we think it's been caused by carrying baby Frankie on this side... oops. Now I feel so much straighter. Well worth the physio because the horse feels so much better too.

This month coming, we say are good byes to Freddie the foal, but he's going to a top rider down south called Darren Hicks. We wish them well, for a super future together.

That's all for now!
Love Sarah & Qd horses

Coral Herbert
The highlight of my September was training with Tiny! Our yard girl Hannah and I shared a flatwork lesson with her horse Rupert and my Darcy. I then had a private session on Robbie – I really enjoyed both lessons and feel like it gave me something to work away at again, rather than dribbling around the arena keeping horses semi-fit.

Hannah took Rupert to their first ODE this month. Before the event, Rupert spent the week at my yard for some intense training in preparation. It was great to see them both improve and gain in confidence throughout the week! They had a fab time at their event, gaining the best dressage score in their section and placing 2nd with a XC clear! They’ve also made it onto the front cover of East Anglia Rider magazine this month too – so they are both on a roll, and I am super-proud of them!
I ran another eventing clinic recently, which went well. My great friends, John and Helen Mole from Equipix UK came along and took some lovely photos of the day. They are so supportive, not just with my eventing but my equine career in general and I owe them a big thank you for that!

This week it was time for our yearly riding school inspection again. Vetting, Council Inspection and Health and Safety. All went well, it made me feel extremely proud that the vet told us that she had given our phone number to her friend and recommended our centre for riding lessons for her daughter! Each horse inspected is given a condition score, feeding Speedi-Beet ensures the horses are kept in top-condition and fit for their job! Coming into the winter months now, we’re looking in to changing to Fibre-Beet to give the horses some extra added condition ready for the cold months ahead. One of our older ponies with barely any teeth left is already fed on Fibre-Beet, so I am looking forward to monitoring how the other horses fair on it!

I’ll report back on that in October,
Coral x
Steve Garrod
We've been fairly quiet on the competition front this month due to Ash's season being cut a little short, and our four-year-old Mindy was out on a short holiday.

I must be honest and say I couldn't help being a tad (okay a whole lot!) envious watching all the action from Blenheim - I'd really hoped we'd be finally competing there this year. It was totally gutting having Ash on the side-line, I'm not going to lie.  

I know there are people out there much worse off and all that, BUT.... he's been our everything for the last four years - hopes, aspirations and dreams have rested on him. It's tough making horses work, unless you're a big name.

We have all worked our day jobs in an effort to make dreams happen and the journey has been totally amazing. Burghley Young Event Horse Final, National five-year-old finalist, Gatcombe Novice Championship finalist, won and placed at some serious prestigious events AND European 2* Silver Medallist!!!  

Our journey is only just getting going, and whilst we're negotiating this latest challenge, we have utilised the enforced down time to take stock and reorganise. It's very easy these days to 'wing' along, we are all just so busy emerging from the duvet before dawn, running around trying to fit everything in, before climbing back within our duvet's comforting grasp after the sun has long since set!

So, we've taken the plunge and moved our horses closer to home, and taken on a few more stables. We are now based at the Stonehouse Farm in Packington, which boasts two fab surfaced outdoor arenas and an indoor too! To top it all off, there is a walker, fabulous grazing and 100's of acres of off road hacking and cantering. We feel very lucky to have re-located here!

We have welcomed two new horses to the team, Grandee is a 17hh, seven-year-old chestnut gelding by Balou de Rouet. He is British bred by our friends Mike and Zoe Potter of Lambley House Stud. As we are zooming towards the end of the season, he has been fast tracked somewhat into his eventing career after jumping 1.45m + showjumping tracks with Mike.

With Ash had being side-lined, Mike kindly offered me the ride to add more to 'Basil's' CV before him being offered for sale.

We also welcome Koko - a stunning seven-year-old mare by Corea (Cor de la Bryere) who is in to produce and sell on behalf of her owner Helen.  

All the horses have settled into their new home so well, better than expected actually! We've just got a few things left to move - stable matts, show jumps, xc fences, rug racks, saddle racks, feed and rug storage trunks.... phew, tired just writing it!!

So, with only a few more weeks to go before we see the eventing season close, we embark on a new chapter... it's all systems go for our new venture and kicking on in 2018!

Stay safe!
Steve