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2013 here we come!

Horses in TrainingPosted by Andrew Bennie Tue, February 05, 2013 23:31:42
Hi all I will be posting here a bit of news about the horses I have to compete with this year!

Some of you will know Otis, the young horse I acquired from Sarah Bailey, and who I had my Whoopsy off when I broke my leg.... Yes I still have him and he was ridden quite a bit last year by Giovanni Mereu who was based with us at Ingestre,until recently. Otis has had some time off over the winter and is now back into work with me, and is settling into his work in a much more mature way. I have always felt that there is a nice horse in there and the time we have taken with him is looking like it has paid dividends, here is a pic of him at his first dressage competition.

I did some work with a mare called Millie and will be helping the owner, Vicki Waring with her again this year and hopefully will be doing some more events with her, she is a fun mare. Here is a photo of her.

Burt is a rising five year old bred at Ingestre and is by Landtanzer out of an intermediate mare, so he has the breeding and I am very excited about this young horse, he has extremely good paces, a very good technique jumping a fun character to work with, so I can't wait to get out and see what he thinks of cross country... if the weather will be more helpful there may be a xc school open soon!!?? He has been out to some dressage competitions and had wins on good marks! Here is an early photo and I will get more as and when.

Theo is a little more experienced and has done a few events with Giovanni last season, having also evented a bit before he came to Ingestre, so I am hoping that we will hit it off together and be able to progress through the season and time will tell how far we get, he is a lot of fun and I love jumping him, though have only jumped him once last summer, he is getting fit again and am looking forward to starting jumping him again in prep for our first event. I have no pics with me on him yet, but here is a photo with Ruth Stack, riding him in the SNOW today! Ruth is based at Ingestre and will be helping me with his work and will compete him in some dressage and maybe some jumping, when I am involved in other stuff.

More news and photos to come as and when.

Cheers Andrew

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Blog repaired!

NewsPosted by Andrew Bennie Tue, February 05, 2013 22:26:51
Well at last I have done something about getting my Blog repaired and many thanks to Phil Howell, yet again for his help with this!!

Another new year and lets hope that we all have a better year with the weather and can get out to more competitions etc, weather just at the moment could please be looking more positively like it is going to co-operate.... PLEASE!!

I know that I really really must make more of an effort with this blog and please if anyone wishes to make comments or ask for an opinion/ advice on anything please do post on my blog!

It looks like I will have an exciting year with the horses I have to ride and I have also had some nice invites to judge, both at horse trials and dressage, I will be doing some of the BD Regional championships and April looks set to be a busy month as I am at the BD Winters, directly followed by Belton CIC3*, then the following weekend Tim and I have both been invited back to Ballindenisk, an extremely hospitable and enjoyable event in Southern Ireland, the following weekend I have a clinic in Wales, then off to Judge the Grass Roots Champs at Badminton in the week and straight off to coach at the BD Central Camp organised by the terribly efficient Kim Maloney! May not be getting many events ridden that month!

I will post a bit of news on the horses that I have to compete with in the "horses in training" blog for anyone that would like to see news about them.

I am also going to have a go at "refreshing" the main pages of my website so that it is more up to date and hope that I don't wreck it lol

Nice to be back on here and please do put on any news you have!

Cheers Andrew

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February 2011

NewsPosted by Andrew Bennie Sat, February 12, 2011 14:38:36

Well, after a great start to the year.......... a big whoops!!

We had a great weekend at Abbey Dressage, at the end of January and I have to say Glenys along with her team do a grand job there at Abbey, a place that I have not been to that much, but there is always a friendly atmosphere and the arenas well prepared etc.

I took Star for the Mediums as a warm up for his regional championship at Addington this month and he did a better test indoors, which was not how I had expected it to be, we did win overall with 64.83% and in the outdoor test he was somewhat more distracted so we didn't do so well.... 61.08% to finish 4th.

On the Sunday I took Kathy trigg's horse "Galahad", that I have had in for schooling for some months now, along with Tim's "Hot Vintage" for both the prelim (non qualifying sections) and also Pam Davidson's T-J for the Elementary's.

Kathy and I were both very pleased with Galahad as he was very settled in both classes and got fairly good scores of 65+% in both tests, then Kath had a ride round on him in the working in area afterwards. Vince was having his first show since his wind operation, he did two nice tests and was just a squeak better than Galahad for 2nd (Galahad 3rd) in the first test and then both had exactly the same score in the next test to be 1st equal!!

T-J......... I think had got a bit cheesed off having to wait his turn, stood in the lorry for some time, (not his favorite occupation!) he was a bit unsettled and was a touch naughty in the walks (lots of walky bits in both tests)........ He would rather be galloping and jumping, so we won't talk about those scores!! All in all A Happy weekend all round.

BUT THEN.........

Monday, I had my friend Sue coming to help me with my work on Otis. Sue, Margaret and Jane were due for a lesson that day and I had arranged for Sue to Give me a hand again with Otis, before their lessons. Otis had been going very well and starting to settle back into a little ridden work, the Friday before I had done him on my own and was very pleased with the progress, lots of prep work and finished up with a ridden walk and trot around the arena, plus a wee hack up the drive...............but he then had the weekend off due to my other commitments.....

Sue and I did our prep work with him and all good, But then possibly as he had not worked over the weekend, I had not given him a huge amount of work that day before getting on, as the arena was frozen and a bit like concrete, ( I should have known better!!) ..... unfortunately for me as soon as I got in the saddle young Otis hit the panic and explode button........Sue was hanging on to the lunge and still he was off on one, I sat a few good bucks but then went flying out the side door and as soon as I hit that hard arena on my right hip, I new it was not good!!

Bugger.............. after all my friends had rallied round to make me comfortable and sorted horses out etc etc Phil had rung for the paramedics and off I go to Great Western Hospital A&E!!

Thanks guys so much for all your help and support that day, Sue, Margaret, Phil and Jane and also to Wendy who took over the yard for me at that point!! Sorry you never got your lessons that day!!

SO! Fracture to my right femur, A bit under a week in Great Western Hospital and a bit more Ironmongery in my body, means that I am off games untill my check x-ray in March and I have had the early part of my season curtailed somewhat!!

I must mention that before my accident, I had a very interesting day with Anne Bondi from Solution Saddles!! She came to my yard with a wagon full of of their latest models and we did quite a lot of trying of dressage and jumping saddles on all the horses, T-J felt as though his very good jump became even better, Vince felt much more uphill in the dressage saddle (we didn't jump him as he was only just back into work) and on Star in the jumping saddle his canter felt really good, so I now can't wait to get back riding again and try jumping Star, hopefully he may even have another crack at eventing, which he should do as he is by Mayhill and looks the part, but we have stuck to dressage this last year as he seemed to be better suited to that. He changed so much after I started riding him in the treeless dressage saddle, it will be very interesting to see how he jumps in a treeless jumping saddle!! Thank you Anne and I look forward to getting going again with your saddles.

Many thanks to you all for your good wishes and all the help from those of you that have been a huge help!! Bless you all and very best wishes, I hope you are on schedule with your horsey plans for the year and I hope to see you out and about very SOON!.

I will be at the Addington regional's next week, supporting Tim and his horse, we are there on the Friday and Saturday and then we are still hopefully goingl to Portugal to judge the CIC at Vale Sabroso the following week, a bit of sunshine will be just what the doctor ordered!!!

Hopefully I will be ok in time to do my next Berkshire County RC clinic at East Soley, sorry guys to miss the one today!! As well as the next jumping clinic at NorthAllerton Equestrian centre in March.

Lets hope also that the Doc has good news for me in March when I have the check x-ray.......

Till then........... Oh think I will write a book, or maybe not!! lol

Take care all and see you soon

Andrew

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General update

NewsPosted by Andrew Bennie Mon, August 17, 2009 07:57:42

January 2011

Hi All

Happy new year to everybody! I hope you all have had a great start to 2011.

Well so far a good start to 2011 for me and the rides I have for the season, with Mrs Gaussens Star having qualified for the Elementary Winter Dressage regionals and he is winning at Medium level, her other dressage horse Marky is working well at Ad Medium level and now having got the changes sorted we are hoping to have a try at a PSG soon!! Mrs Gaussen also has a young mare that I have been working with and we hope to get her out to a little dressage show shortly.

T-J has been a little star so far with a win and a second at Allens Hill Equestrian centre"Eventers training" classes, which I have to say are great fun and also very educational, friendly and great atmosphere. T-J's owner, Pam Davidson and I have made some plans for him this year which look very exciting, including a trip to Blair Castle three day as well as Barbury and some NRF's that he has qualified for which hopefully will culminate in a trip to Gatcombe champs as well...So it looks like I will have to be a bit careful where I agree to judge this year as need to get this talented horse to all the events he needs to further his education and qualifications, tho I have asked to "Shadow judge" at Badminton as part of my judgy education!

Tim' Downes young NZ TB had proved with the work we did with him last year that he was well worth having his wind operated on so he can now breath!! We will hopefully be ready for some events in the early part of the season and maybe have a trip to acompany T-J to Blair, if he is ready for the one star by that time.

I sold my young Murphy to a lovely family in Bershire and I wish Georgina and Murphy the best of luck for the future, they certainly seemed to get on very well and I hear regularly how much they love each other.... I will come and visit soon Georgina I promise!! Have a great year!

My new yougster is just in the process of getting back into work and will be out and about as soon as he is ready. Thanks Sarah, I do believe that Otis will be a lot of fun, I have given him plenty of time and it has paid off as he seems very relaxed about life.... most of the time anyway! It's his 4th birthday in Feb better have a party!

We had a really good clinic at East Soley with the Berkshire Riding Club, many thanks to Linda Waller for her Expert organization and to all the riders that were a pleasure to work with, I am looking forward to the next clinics!

I am also looking forward to a new clinic at the North Allerton Equestrian Centre in North Yorks were I will have a two day clinic in early Feb and March, I am keen to see your new place Margo, can't wait!

Tim and I go back to Portugal to judge for the "Sunshine tour" again in February so lets hope that it is more of a sunshine tour this year as last year it was sooooo wet we all helped move the cross country in between classes!!

Tomorrow I will be test pilot for the "Solution Saddles" latest model of their treeless Jumping saddle and I hope they are going to leave one with me to ride all my horses in as the horses are certainly going more freely in the treeless dressage saddle I ride them all in now, how exciting!! But I hope I just don't get jumped off!!

Very best of luck to everyone for the season and I look forward to helping my many regulars with their horses this season, I hope those of you with new young horses Sue with Billy, Margaret with your new one I have not met yet! Donna with your lovely young coloured chap and Deborah with your new Rosie all have a good start, Janice and Serenity have made their debut in the Elementary Dressage arena to go along with their eventing... great and well done to you all.

Thats about it for now, but please do post on here if any of you would like to!

Cheers Andrew

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