Wow... I had loads of visitors last week :-)
Great picture of the Open Show Jumping Team in this weeks Horse & Hound. The team consisted of Lisa Cadman, Nicola Moran, John Done and myself.
Please spread the word and pass on my contact details if you know to anybody that might be looking for full / schooling / eventing livery. I would also be happy to take on hunters or racehorses that need to be got fit ready for the next season. I have a lovely quiet yard with big comfy stables inside a barn. There is plenty of all year grazing and off road riding. And I even have the added luxury now of a an arena which has a flexiride surface and is 20m x 60m
Here's what the experts say:
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And my opinion:
When I first saw the Freedom Body Protector, I thought it may be a touch thicker then I was used to but once I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable it was. It seemed to just mold to the shape of my body. There was also plenty of adjustment that could be done so you got the perfect fit, both on the shoulders for the length and sides for the width. I wore it under my air jacket when I tested it cross country and I can honestly say I barely knew I had it on it was that comfy. It also seems very lightweight which is important because the last thing Frankie needs is me and all my gear weighing him down.
After I had my fall with San Francisco II I sent the hat that I was wearing at the time, which was a Champion Ventair, back to Champion, for them to take apart and see what sort of damage the hat had come away with. It appeared from where the mud was that I must have landed face first and slightly to the left, which would be the reason that I had bruising to the front of my brain on the left hand side. I thought I would share the letter with you that Champion sent to me after the inspection. I think the results prove just how important it is to be wearing a good hat while riding, because the impact your head can receive in a heavy fall is huge.
Here is the letter and pictures they sent back:
First of all may I thank you for returning the hat to me for inspection.
Although we carry out weekly testing of our products both in house and at the BSI, inspection of helmets involved in real life impacts give us a better understanding of how the helmets component parts manage the energy involved.
Your helmet is a Ventair Deluxe Jockey size 56cm or 57cm. The outside surface of the helmet has slight scuff marks to the left front bottom edge above the left eye and temple area. The Shell has not been damaged.
Upon further inspection having removed the shock absorbing polystyrene liner from the outer shell it is quite evident that this hat has been involved in a high energy impact. The shock absorbing polystyrene liner has been reduced from 20mm to 15mm in thickness and has become soft at the bottom edge in the area described above. You can see this damage in the photographs which show the liner has crushed on the inside and outside. There is no visible damage to the Glass reinforced outer shell.
The damage to the liner is consistent with that of the polystyrene being crushed between the wearers head and the impact surface outside.
Champion Manufacturing (SH) Ltd
Please follow the link another to read the write up on the Baileys Horse Feeds website about my comeback. It's under the write up about Blenheim International Horse Trials :-)
Dudley had his first event in about 8 weeks today at Smallwood Equestrian Centre organised by Delamere Forest Riding Club. The club made a wonderful job of it and the cross country courses were good testing tracks. Dudley was in the Intermediate 90cm class, so a bit bigger then he was used to. He was quite pleased to be out but contained his excitement. We had an ok dressage of 35.5. The Showjumping had slightly testing, wet ground but I was pleased with how he jumped. He had a real good look at a spooky filler at fence 2 but jumped it and had it down and he was a little unbalanced then to the planks at fence 3 and tapped that one out to, but after that jumped the rest of the course in fantastic style. The cross country asked several questions with a step into water, skinnies and a huge drop but he was awesome and cruised round inside the time to finish 4th. What a little star. It was also my first event since my fall and I'm pleased to say I wasn't too worried about doing it, after such a great Xc schooling session on Thursday. :-)
I've finally managed to go cross country schooling for the first time since my fall. I'll be honest I was pretty nervous about it once I'd phoned Somerford Park and booked to take 2 horses on Thursday afternoon. My friend from Nantwich riding club, Nicola Moran, came on foot for support. I decided to ride Frankie first and what an absolute gem he was. He showed no signs of being nervous, which I wondered if he might after falling so bad last time he went xc. In fact he questioned nothing and looked after me like a real pro. I didn't jump anything massive but we did some of the more difficult combinations and what a confidence boost it has been for us. The grin on my face went from ear to ear after we'd finished.
I then headed back out on the xc with Dudley, the ex-racehorse. He hadn't jumped any xc fences since Stafford in July, but he was pleased to be back and was very grown up, even jumped corners, trekheners and steps into water. Good boys!!!
Amateur event rider