The Jumps Are Getting Higher

After a hectic start to the beginning of the month, I took it a bit easy. During this time I have worked on techniques and it has released time in B’s training schedule for Kitty and my mum to do some riding. They have both enjoyed the experience with Mum starting to feel more secure and Kitty rebuilding her confidence and finally yesterday cantering B round the small arena.

With lots of school activities leading up to the Christmas holidays, it has been hard to keep on top of my riding as well. We finished school on Thursday and this means that I now have time to really dig in and get back to the training schedule.

Declan has pushed the bar up literally and in training, I am now jumping nearly 1-meter jumps, which of course B clears easily. I had hoped to jump at EEC tomorrow but B has had to have some injections in her hock due to some stiffness so she will need a few days of quiet to recover.

Now that I have been riding for nearly 6 months there is no excuse for not getting it all right. I am literally doing exercises for hours at a time to just get one small move right. Both B and I find this very frustrating and sometimes I think Declan has a hard time from me because of my frustration that I simply cannot get something simple right.

Luckily Declan doesn’t give up on me and even when I am being really horrible he gets me through the tough times and ensures that I come out doing what I need to.


some videos of the past few lessons





Three days – Marcus Wenz Training

Well, this week will be a challenge. Dujumping are hosting Marcus Wenz on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We have an hour a day of individual tuition and training with him.

Marcus is a pretty big deal in the showjumping world and has worked with top teams including being the national trainer for Luxembourg and Belarus. I felt a little nervous as I have been riding for such a short time I thought I might just not be good enough for him to even start helping me. When I met him I realised how nice he was and he soon put me at ease as we started to put together some jumps to train over.



We soon got started and he was very structured, ensuring I had better control, stopping and riding more accurately. It was really great fun and I can’t wait to do some more today.

Here is a small clip of the end of the training session.