Rosa Onslow’s February

Updated: May 6, 2020

Well, the weather has continued to throw everything against us to try to prevent us from preparing for the coming season We have battled through and continued to train, looking forward to our first event at Lincoln in mid-March.

I had two sessions of incredible dressage training from Amy Woodhead, International dressage rider, at her yard in Grimsby. This is a long trip, but it is so worthwhile. I really feel that both Sunny and Kaiser have benefited enormously from her instruction. I certainly know that I have!

While it has been almost impossible to school the horses over cross-country fences as a result of the wet, both horses have continued to show jump on a regular basis, mostly at Alnwick Ford. Their facilities are fantastic and both horses jumped beautifully. We competed in various British Show jumping competitions and they both acquitted themselves well, hardly touching a pole at up to 130 cm. I also took my 6-year-old‘Crispy’ who jumped up to 110cm and is really starting to show some promise.

The next trip was to Ian Woodhead for dressage lessons, near York. Again, a long way away but so worthwhile. Ian takes no prisoners and put both me and the horses under pressure. They certainly rose to the occasion. And I tried my best!

I have just moved Sunny and Kaiser to Ben Hobday, a five-star Rider, as he is only 35 minutes from my university. This means I can ride on a daily basis, but as importantly, I’m lucky enough to have amazing lessons from such an experienced event rider.

I also had a great 2 days training at HorseScotland with 3 horses. With 6 lessons a day a fitness test and physio – I think it is fair to say I was busy! It was hugely beneficial, and I now feel on track for the season. John and Eric were extremely helpful as always and have given me plenty ‘homework’ to ensure that I am competing at the best of my ability.

Only two weeks to go until our first competition at Lincoln horse trials. The horses are feeling well. We now just have to keep our fingers crossed that the weather behaves, and that the event goes ahead. I am hoping to cross-country school at Somerford prior to the event as the horses have not jumped on grass since August! Although with the current weather this looks unlikely.

As always, I cannot thank HorseScotland enough for their support. I am so lucky to have their support and training.

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