Well it has been a very busy year with Summer Area Festivals and Regionals and the Associate Championships. The winter season is closing shortly with qualifications for Area Festivals and Winter regionals which include the music classes ending on 31st December. Now is a good time to be thinking about a new floorplan for the 2024 winter regionals and 2024 summer AF and it's always the right time to improve the way your horse goes, ready for a new level. If you are a British Dressage member then make sure you download and read the new 2024 HandBook with new rules and clarifications including clothing. In addition the new tests that will be taking over on 1st July at all levels from Introductory to Advanced are available free to members to download. There are 6 tests at most levels and changes include replacing Submission with Co-operation in the collectives and also changing the co-efficients on some collectives. The tests will also have greater directives to help riders and judges.
New dates and venues will be added to the Event page as they are confirmed including the fabulous indoor faciliities at Warrenwood in Hertfordshire- contact me for more information.
But there is always the question regarding how clear you are on what needs to be improved- are you riding at your best or could you improve this aspect, or does your horse show signs of not being able to perform at their best?
There's no time to lose to get yourself in your best condition to ride to your best. Although 2020 and 2021 did not turned out to be what we all hoped for, 2022 seemed to return us all to normality and 2023 is all systems go. Finances are tight for many now so planning how best to spend the funds you have has never been more important.
Most horse owners make sure that their horses always have the very best treatment, help and support but are not so good at making sure their physical and mental wellbeing is as well taken care of. I am a great believer in Investing in Yourself both to improve and prevent injuries and asymmetries. Investing in yourself will be an ongoing theme, physical and mental wellbeing is vital for all riders
I am continuing to work with David Sanders of the Neuromechanics Academy (Rider Reboot) and this will continue. Excellent results, both in terms of reducing pain and improving the way the clients' horses are moving from the improved balance and symmetry of the riders is proof to me that the system that David has developed, works. details of the various programmes are on the Links page.
You can also ride Dressage tests and enter them with Official BD online company Dressage Anywhere. They offer training tests and you can always ask for me to judge those for you
There are Satellite dressage to music clinics in Bucks, Kent, Beds and Essex when floor plans can be designed, see Event page for information. Please contact Julie Geraghty of Equivisions or myself if you have a suitable venue and would like to arrange a satellite clinic. If you want to make your own arrangements for the music element then you can simply book a floorplan session. A full service clinic with Equivisions will took place in Norfolk on 16th April
South & Eastern Region have again obtained funding for Riders eligible for the Eastern Para Teams so eligible Think Equestrian clinics are available for only £15 when booked through the BD Eastern diary on the BD website once BD recommences events.
You can also book flexi training via Horse Monkey at any venue to fulfill criteria for Regional team selection