Friday November 2nd promises to provide an informative (and no doubt comical) evening at Myerscough College, in the form of a Masterclass, with Astrid Bolton and Geoff Billington. Astrid will be advising on what to look for and how to produce a sports horse and Geoff Billington will be doing a demonstration. The evening will be sponsored by Day, Son and Hewitt who provide a full range of great supplements for your horse. Click the link to book tickets and get in early to avoid disapointment, as it will be a really good night.http://www.daysonhewitt.co.uk/billington-masterclass.htm
Saturday 8th September 2012, saw the northern leg of the KWPN gradings, at Astrid Bolton Sport Horses, Merecourt Stud, Blackpool.
The KWPN organises inspections, where mares can be presented for studbook acceptance or higher predicate. Also foals, yearlings and 2 year old fillies may be presented for judging. Please see KWPN website for further information.
Champion foal at the Merecourt Stud inspections was a Sir Donnerhall filly out of a Udysee (Jazz) mare, bred by Julie Lockley of Bradford.
The top foal of the UK inspections tour was His Highness, bred by Cat Wood of Redditch. He is by Wynton (Jazz) out of a Fahrenheydt (Fabriano) mare.
KWPN UK Inspections to be held at Astrid Bolton’s, Merecourt Stud, Mythop, Nr Blackpool 10th and 11th September 2011. COME AND SEE SOME OF THE BEST MARES, FOALS AND YOUNGSTOCK PRESENTED FOR INSPECTION. (more…)
Dressage is an excellent foundation, whatever your discipline. Its all about control and obedience which is necessary whether you are jumping a course of fences or in the show ring. Its one thing to walk trot and canter during schooling at home but will your horse canter at a certain marker ?
To some, dressage sounds boring but once you start you will be suprised how addicitive it is when you start to get results. There is also combined training, regularly held at myerscough, a dressage and showjumping competition.
Try a dressage training clinic (again, held at Myerscough) to get you started and then you get an indication of what the judge is looking for. There is unafilliated dressage on at various venues, to be advised, and then if you decide it is for you, try some affiliated (to British Dressage (BD)). Look out for prelim tests advertised, which are basic novice tests.
If you win 2 of these and your mark is over 65% then you qualify for regional champs (as long as you are a registered member with BD) which are held at Myerscough (winter) and Somerford Park (summer). You can then go on to qualify for the Nationals, held at Stoneleigh.
Why not download a test and have a look; go to www.britishdressage.co.uk for further information.