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20 November,2017

Challenge Your Riding by Alison Kenward

Lots of excitement for me this month with Neptune and I finding an even stronger bond, a short stay in Inverness, a morning at Your Horse Live with The British Horse Society and a Semi Finals place in the Horse Pilot Challenge.

I have been training at home with the sequences of E59 in mind. I haven’t been riding the test at home but rather integrating some of the patterns into our schooling sessions. I’ve been asking Neptune to stay with me, to focus on the task and to tune out distractions. For my part I have been concentrating on maintaining quality and enjoying the space we have in the arena. We have had moments when communication between us has been intuitive.  By that I mean that I’m starting to feel that we are growing together as a partnership and Neptune is growing in confidence, understanding and joie de vivre… After a solid session working on our canter trot canter transitions, I felt Neptune was in an excellent frame of mind with great posture and balance. I asked him to work through the leg yield pattern from E59. He was so positive and swept across the arena with just a hint of an aid. It was an incredible feeling and he repeated it the other way. We walked off afterwards delighted with our world and each other. We have since recreated this session with other exercises and challenges.

I enjoyed travelling to Inverness to see my friend Hilary and talk to riders at her Broomhill Riding Centre. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss all things Dressage and to discover Fortrose. The Broomhill centre boasts an impressive indoor arena (essential for the climate!) and the most scenic arena I’ve ever been in overlooking the coastline.

I spent a morning with The a British Horse Society and Henry the mechanical horse at Your Horse Live. I really enjoyed seeing so many riders enjoy Henry and challenging themselves with the timing of their aids and balance to create consistent transitions on Henry.


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