Clinic Dates for the rest of 2020

I’m excited to announce more clinics for the rest of 2020 and into the new year! Please get in touch to book in. All clinics will be hosted at Mendip Plains. October 10th and 31st November 7th and 29th December 12th and 29th January 9th and 23rd February 17th and 27th To book please visit: http://www.mendipplainsec.co.uk/clinics.asp…

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Coral Keen Coaching dates 2020

I am really looking forward to getting out coaching and seeing everyone, now lockdown measures have been lifted and eventing is set to start. This is my provisional clinic list: 27th June Rabson Manor XC training4th July Rosamund Green XC training11th July Larkhill XC training12th July Mendip plains SJ or XC training25/26th July Larkhill XC…

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Hartpury 2019 Report

We had a great couple of days at Hartpury International with Total Belief in the CCI4*S. Her test felt great and I was really pleased with our performance, to score 26.6 and be right up there after the first phase. The cross country was a decent track and she felt awesome until we unfortunately got…

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Wilton Horse Trials

A busy weekend at Wilton Horse Trials. On the Saturday, I took Total Darkness (Ted), who put in a lovely test to lead his novice section on a score of 23. We decided the ground wasn’t quite right for him to jump this time so saved him for another day. Total Freedom (Juno) put in…

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Barbury and Tweseldown Report

A promising day for Team Keen at a very hot Barbury International Horse Trials☀ I was competing both of Margaret Cuffs horses, Barrison and Leaping Lord. Barrison scored a 26.8 on his first time out which is very promising. Unfortunately, he went onto tense up in the main arena, resulting in two fences down which…

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Farley Hall 2019

Farley Hall Horse Trials is fast becoming one of our favourite Team Keen events. The organisers do an amazing job and go above and beyond, thank you so much for putting on such a great weekend. All our horses put in good performances. Leaping Lord, owned by Margaret Cuff, did a 33 dressage, had an…

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Ascot Under Wychwood Report

Team Keen had a good weekend all round at Ascot Under Wychwood. First up (video below) was 5YO Total Freedom, who did a nice test and jumped her socks off for a fabulous double clear. Willows Saviour owned by Margaret Cuff was back out for his second ever event (in his previous career he was…

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Pontispool 2019

Team Keen had a good weekend overall at Pontispool ? Quintessential did a really lovely test in the Novice and probably one of her best to date. However, this didn’t seem to get reflected in her mark but she still remained competitive. She was quite feisty in the showjumping which lead her to have an unfortunate…

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Tweseldown Report

Our latest event was Tweseldown with two young homebreds. First up was 6YO Quintessential in the Novice. Her test was super and right up there in terms of scoring. In the showjumping we had an annoying pole but a good round. Then onto the cross country, where I felt she was going better than ever,…

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Chatsworth International 2019

Total Belief had a great event at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials CCI-S4*. In the dressage she was so rideable and really on side throughout, I thought she could have scored in the late 20s but still got a very respectable 32.7, with a few bits for me to go away and…

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Moreton Morrell Report

Our lovely 5YO homebred Total Freedom learning the eventing game very nicely and coming 2nd in her 100 section at Moreton Morrell?Just adding 0.4 to her dressage score of 24.8 – love this little mare ?? Horse Scout . Racesafe Equestrian . Point Two . Saracen Horse Feeds . Readysupp Ltd . Mackenzie & George…

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Withington 2019

Great weekend at Withington Horse Trials with two lovely horses both owned by Total Equestrian Construction. On Saturday Total Belief (April) was in the Advanced class – her first run at this level this season. What an awesome mare she is, doing a smart test for 31 (even with me forgetting which way I was…

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Bicton Report

Brilliant weekend at Bicton Arena – one of the favourite Team Keen events. Quintessential (Chilli) did her second novice class and went really well. She had a couple of green moments in probably the most challenging test she has done so far, but scored a very respectable 31. We had an unlucky pole in the…

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Burnham Market 2019

Great run at Burnham with Total Belief in the OI. She felt mega in all three phases and jumped a lovely double clear, although I did take her steady cross country. Next stop Withington Advanced ?? Total Equestrian Construction . Gatehouse Hats . Saracen Horse Feeds . Readysupp Ltd . Point Two . Racesafe Equestrian .…

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Larkhill Event Report

A great day at Larkhill with lots going on in the Team Keen camp! I had an exciting event with three lovely Total Equestrian Construction horses. First up was 6YO Total Miracle in the BE100. He did a stunning test to score 25, sadly he struggled with the show-jumping on the slight slope, being big…

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Portman 2019

A good day at the office for Team Keen at Portman. Leaping Lord, owned by Margaret Cuff, was sadly a bit tense in the dressage, had an unlucky pole, but then finished up with a good steady clear cross country. Total Darkness carried on his run on good form. Scoring 27 in the dressage with…

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Goring 2019

Lovely Chilli scores her first win of the season at Goring 100 ??? Making our less than ideal route choice through Reading town centre totally worth it! Big shout out to all of Team Keen for all their super work keeping the show on the road ?? Total Equestrian Construction . Saracen Horse Feeds . Readysupp…

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Gatcombe Event Report

Total Belief had a pretty good day at Gatcombe Horse Trials in her first AI of the 2019 season – although there are always things to work on! A nice test with a little bit of tension at the start causing one mistake but still scored a competitive 30.2. We then went onto have two down showjumping which…

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Tweseldown 2019

A busy couple of days for Team Keen at Tweseldown in typical March eventing weather, quite windy! On Thursday we had Quintessential (Chilli) and Total Miracle (Leo) in the BE100. Leo felt great and put in a solid performance for 7th place in the 100. Chilli was also on good form, but had an unlucky…

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Saracen Horse Feeds Stamm 30

We feed Stamm 30 as a vital foundation for our horses nutrition all year round. We can build up on energy specific feeds if/when required, in the knowledge that on Stamm 30 they’re getting all the vitamins and minerals they need. Stamm 30® is a highly concentrated source of essential proteins, vitamins, minerals and yeasts…

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Position available with Team Keen

Apprentice position to start immediately. On-site accommodation available Chance to bring own horse, train with us and compete during work hours Use of all our equestrian facilities Amazing opportunities to travel to events in the UK and Europe Livery and feed included Opportunity to go on HGV apprenticeship scheme We really try to give our…

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Bicton International

We headed to Bicton for the last Team Keen event of the season. On board we had Barrison and Leaping Lord owned by Margaret Cuff and our working pupil Leah and her horse King, all contesting the CIC*. Barrison was first up and tried really hard in his test to get a solid score in…

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Calmsden and Hoys

We had an extremely soggy outing to Calmsden on Saturday with Margaret Cuff’s two horses – Leaping Lord and Barrison and our apprentice Leah was also competing. Both my horses are still relatively new to the team and I was pleased with our day. Barrison did a 29 dressage, one down show-jumping and nice steady…

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Osberton Young Horse Championships

We headed up to Osberton with Total Equestrians Quintessential III in the 5 year old Championships and Midnight Chill, owned by Clare White, in the 6 year old Championships. Quintessential was first up and started as we meant to go on in the dressage. In the arena, she felt really relaxed and on side, doing…

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South of England

We headed down to South of England for quite a wet weather weekend, but all the Team Keen horses went well. The two five year olds where up first in the BE100. Total Miracle went nicely in the dressage and show-jumping, but I decided not to run him cross country this time. He has been…

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William Carey Photography

I am incredibly lucky to have the wonderful William Carey supporting me with his photography, he always gets the most amazing shots of the horses when we’re out competing. William recently did a yard shoot with us and shot so many lovely pictures, but this one of Ted and Juno has my absolute favourite. https://williamcareyphotography.com/…

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SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

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Great weekend at Gatcombe

A slightly quieter weekend for Team Keen at Gatcombe as we only had the two horses competing, compared to the nearly full house at Sapey! Our apprentice Leah Bentley was in the novice on Friday with her horse King. They put in a great performance, with a good test, unlucky pole and lovely clear cross…

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All go at Sapey

Team Keen headed to Sapey with no less than 7 horses. A full on day, but it was well worth it. First up was Midnight Chill in the novice. He is becoming so consistent at this level and picked up another 6th place (3rd in a row!)! I am really pleased for his owner Clare…

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Fantastic Firle

We made the trip down to East Sussex with three young horses for Firle Horse Trials. It was well worth the trip! With all of them finishing in the top 10 and jumping fantastic double clears. Total Miracle really impressed me, as he is continually improving and always willing to learn. He did a sweet…

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Wilton

Wilton is always a great event and this year was no different in the brilliant sunshine. We had four Team Keen horses attending on Saturday, including our working pupil Leah Bentley. Total Miracle was having his first run in a BE100. He is a very big, growing five year old, with lovely long legs and…

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Team Keen looking for new member

Working pupil position to start immediately. On site accommodation available Chance to bring own horse, train with us and compete during work hours Use of all our equestrian facilities Amazing opportunities to travel to events in the UK and Europe Livery and feed included Opportunity to go on HGV apprenticeship scheme We really try to…

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Aston Le Walls

We headed to Aston with Total Darkness on Friday for the Novice class. He did a really super test to lead the section by four marks (Total Darkness dressage), had an annoying show-jumping round for two down, but then a great clear cross country to finish 5th. Big day on Saturday, as we stepped Total…

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Dauntsey

Mid week trip to Dauntsey with the two 5 year olds, Total Miracle (Leo) and Quintessential III (Chilli). Leo is still very new to the eventing game and taking in all the sights and sounds of eventing, but finished with a lovely clear cross country. Chilli is polar opposite and very confident for a young…

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Upton House

It was Total Belief’s turn at Upton on Wednesday. It was her first run back since doing so well in the CCI** at Renswoude and I was fully expecting her to be a bit of a handful from the break! But she totally surprised us all by being super chilled and calm, which was very…

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Tweseldown

I had a great two days of competition at Tweseldown and really enjoyed the event. The courses were very educational and had lots of variation. I felt like the event team had put a lot of thought into creating interesting courses for each level. The 90 and the 100 feeling like miniature versions of the…

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Strzegom Nations Cup

If you follow #teamkeen at all on social media you’ll know that we were all unbelievably excited to be selected to represent Team GB in Strzegom for the Nations Cup with Alice Dunsdon, Wills Oakden and James Somerville. Last week the team, myself and Derby embarked on the long trip to Poland with a quick…

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Farley Horse Trials

A relatively relaxed weekend for Team Keen at Farley with a horse running on each day for me and our working pupil Maddie was also competing. We took Quintessential on Saturday and she had another good run. A nice, consistent test for a score of 30. One unlucky pole rolled when she lost balance going…

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Renswoude International

Our first trip abroad of the year – Renswoude Horse Trials in The Netherland. We headed out to Holland with Wellshead Fare Opposition (Derby) in the CIC***, Total Belief (April) in the CCI** and Total Darkness (Ted) in the CCI*. For both of Total Equestrian Constructions homebred’s, it was their first 3 day competition and…

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Pontispool Horse Trials

Overall, an educational day at Pontispool for the team of horses I took down, perhaps not the best on paper, but lots of positives to take away. First up was Midnight Chill owned by Clare White in the novice class. This was only his second run at this level and as a 6 year old…

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Rockingham International

We headed up to Rockingham International with four horses in varying classes and were blessed with brilliant sunshine all weekend! First up was our 5yr old homebred mare Quintessential (Chilli) having only her third run ever in the BE100 class. I was really pleased with how she took everything on, as Rockingham would be by…

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Aston le Walls

Having had a rare weekend off, it was all guns blazing at Aston Le Walls with six horses running over 2 days so it was a busy time for Team Keen! Day One On the lorry for the first day was Wellshead Fare Opposition (Derby), Total Belief (April) and Total Darkness (Ted) all owned by…

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NAF Brighter Than White

  I am absolutely loving NAF’s Brighter Than White tubs. It’s  perfect for getting the horses socks super duper white for a show, and is able to work miracles! We use it the night before and cover with bandages, but it works for the touch ups we all need on the day of the show…

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Bicton International Round Up

It was great to be heading out eventing for the second week in a row after all the difficulties spring events have been having with the weather and what a great weekend it was at Bicton Arena. First up on Friday was Total Darkness owned by Total Equestrian Construction in the novice class. He had…

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Belton Round Up

We headed up to Belton with Wellshead Fare Opposition, Total Belief and Total Darkness. With the weather causing such havoc this Spring, it was amazing to get the horses out again and Belton has to be one of the most picturesque events of the year. I started off with Total Darkness in the novice class.…

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Stamm 30®

I love Stamm 30® because I know my horses are getting all the vitamins and minerals they require without having to put high energy food into them during the winter, and they look and feel fantastic on it. About Stamm 30 Stamm 30® is a highly concentrated source of essential proteins, vitamins, minerals and yeasts…

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Horses to get excited about

Our homebred Total Belief (April) has been a star of the season. At the beginning of the year, when plans were laid for each of the horses, we pencilled in the seven-year-old championships at Osberton in October for her. With that aim, I took her really slowly in preparation for her first CIC2*. Read more…

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Next clinic Wednesday, November 15

?Glebe Farm, Westbury Road, Little Cheverell SN104JW ?1hr sessions – groups of up to 4 riders ?£25 per rider for group lesson ?£45 per individual lesson ?Individual flatwork sessions also available. ?Range of ability sessions available from green/young and inexperienced combinations to the more experienced. ?Open to all ?Payment to made upon booking ?50% refunds…

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Training with Coral Keen

An exciting opportunity to receive jump and polework training with international 4 star event rider and BE accredited coach Coral Keen. Coral has continued success at both national and international level and has represented team GBR on numerous occasions. Career highlights include top 20 placings at 4 star level. Coral is a sought after coach…

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Katherine Partis

Katherine Partis has a great new website – do take a look! You’ll often see me wearing clothes stocked by Katherine Partis at the trot up – its really great stuff, especially the Orca Bay shoes. Katherine’s stand is at many shows and events up and down the country. If you are looking for quality…

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Katherine Partis

I often wear clothes stocked by Katherine Partis whose tradestand is present at many competitions up and down the country. Holebrook Sweden’s Ladieswear includes jackets, dresses, skirts, t-shirts and windproof tops while the Orca Bay shoes are great too.

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Fabulous courses at Bicton Arena

We had a super couple of days at Bicton Arena. Organiser Helen West had built some fabulous course on ground which was perfect. Total Equestrian Construction’s Total Darkness felt back to form after being slightly off colour on his last couple of runs with a virus. He tried his best not to spook too much…

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Personal landmarks and exciting youngsters

I’ve recently stepped up my seven-year-old home-bred April (Total Belief) to intermediate level and she’s made the transition really well. It’s always a bit of a concern whether you are stepping them up at the right time, but she’d had plenty of experience at novice and intermediate novice and with hindsight, giving her a little…

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ReadySupp – Grumpy Girth

ReadySupp Grumpy Girth is a vital part of my feeding regime as it really makes a difference. Its a carefully formulated supplement that contains a powerful blend of herbs such as slippery elm, marshmallow and liquorice, as well as hydro-phobic lecithin and pectin which help support a healthy gastric system. Natural ingredients help to ‘soak up’…

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Total Belief shines again

Our homebred Total Belief (April) was an absolute star in her second intermediate at Wilton where she did a beautiful dressage test, with a slight mistake, to score 23.9 and then jumped a great double clear to finish fourth. At this stage in her career we took it steady to pick up a handful of…

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Young horses at Treborough

Last weekend we headed to Exmoor for Treborough Horse Trials where I rode Total Equestrian Construction’s six-year-old Total Darkness and Katherine Coleman’s gorgeous five-year-old Handpainted. Total Darkness, or Ted as he is known, was competing for the first time at novice level and lead the dressage, jumped great showjumping and felt very scopey cross country.…

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Fabulous Nunney

We headed to Nunney this weekend on a scorching hot weekend where an army of volunteers at the cross country finish ensured horses were properly cooled after their CIC2* runs. They’d imported loads of ice to ensure the water was as cool as possible which was a great effort. It was Helen West’s first year…

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Giving a horse oomph

H&H question of the week: How do I teach my young horse to go forwards? Q: “Giving a young horse ‘oomph’: I have a four year old Irish Sport Horse who has been broken for seven weeks. I can honestly say he is the safest youngster I have ever sat on and wonderful to deal…

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Giving a horse oomph

H&H question of the week: How do I teach my young horse to go forwards? Q: “Giving a young horse ‘oomph’: I have a four year old Irish Sport Horse who has been broken for seven weeks. I can honestly say he is the safest youngster I have ever sat on and wonderful to deal…

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Pole work on a figure of eight

Poles work on a figure of 8   Ground poles are a really useful tool for horses and riders of all levels. For horses they strengthen their hind end and improve the rhythm. They also help make schooling sessions more fun. For riders they develop your eye, your timing, promote proper balance, focus your attention on…

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Great work at Aston Le Walls

Our two home-breds, Total Belief and Total Darkness were fantastic at Aston Le Walls where organisers had done such a great job on the ground considering the recent long, dry spell. The work they put in was remarkable, and I was more than happy to run my two. Total Belief was a little tense to…

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Shoot the rider!

For the first time in 15 years of eventing I somehow missed out a fence on the cross-country course at Portman Horse Trials. Shoot the rider! My excuse was that I was walking the course with four pupils jumping three different tracks, as well as walking two courses myself. As I merrily cantered through the…

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How do I teach my horse to bounce?

Q: Introducing bounce fences: “It’s time to introduce something new to my seven-year-old’s showjump training. She’s perfect at grids and she loves jumping down them. Recently my trainer has asked me to practise some bounce fences with ‘Dusty’. However bounces for us often end in poles flying around. My instructor asked us to gradually decrease…

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Bicton Arena

We had a super time at Bicton Arena where orgnaniser Helen West and her team had worked so hard to produce such fantastic going in light of this long, dry spell.Total Belief did a nice obedient test to score 27.3. She humped double clear with a couple of time penalties for second in the ON.…

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A beautifully run event

We had a super day at Ascott Under Wychwood which is a beautifully run event with lovely, education tracks. Total Darkness was fantastic and finished seventh in his BE100 section. He’s been super all season, and the ‘E’ that blots his copybook at Portman is actually because I took the wrong course!

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A good start to the season

My eventing season started at Tweseldown horse trials where the sun was shining and it was lovely to see so many friendly faces again. I think a lot of us were concentrating on staying on fresh horses in the warm up! I’m so lucky that Mountain Horse sponsors me and it was great to try…

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Wendy Vaughan – Equine Physical Therapist

I am really lucky to work with Wendy Vaughan who is my equine and personal physical therapist. She regularly comes to Glebe Farm and keeps the horses in tip top condition, and she keeps all my niggles at bay too. Wendy offers a range of techniques for horses: Massage, McTimoney-Corley – gentle adjustments/manipulations, Physiotherapy (Laser,…

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ReadySupp

ReadySupp supplements without a doubt, enhance my horses’ performances.  I’ve used Grumpy Girth for quite some time now and it has made a particular difference to two horses I compete. This carefully formulated supplement contains a powerful blend of herbs such as slippery elm, marshmallow and liquorice, as well as hydro-phobic lecithin and pectin which help support…

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Snuggy Hoods

We use Snuggy Hoods on all the horses. They are beautifully designed, and keep the horses warm and clean. The team behind Snuggy Hoods are so helpful, and I thoroughly recommend them. They really are the best on the market. For more information visit http://www.snuggyhoods.com.

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Mountain Horse at BETA International 2017

It was lovely to meet the people behind Mountain Horse at BETA International – Lars Sjösward, founder and cultural leader, and his son Rolf, product manager and the person responsible for the incredible footwear designs. The thought that goes in to the footwear designs is incredible, and it was great to be given an insight. Watch out…

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Full time livery spaces available

If your horse deserves 5* treatment then please do get in touch as we have full time livery spaces available. The price is £250 per week inclusive of hay/haylage, bedding, use of all facilities including indoor and outdoor schools, muck out, daily turnout, horsewalker, assistance with vet/farrier, exercise 5/6 times per week. Horse feed is…

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Read my latest blog for Horse and Hound

Autumn is a time of change in most event riders’ yards when horses aren’t on holidays or sold and newcomers join the team. Some might be unbroken horses beginning their eventing careers, others might need a change of scenery or a different approach to their training. Read more at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/blog/coral-keens-eventing-blog-sometimes-wish-pushy-604244#79Z38olGMkSmvyKF.99

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Enjoying the best of autumn

It’s a busy time here as although our season finished at Dauntsey, autumn is typically the time when horses are bought and sold. I have a few here to sell, including Highmead Proposition(Jake) who finished his season on a high with a super double clear and second place at Dauntsey in a very hot intermediate.…

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How do I produce a young horse?

Read the answer to my latest advice column for Horse and Hound here. Q: “Assuming she passes the vetting on Friday, I will soon be the proud (and incredibly broke!) owner of a beautiful just turned five-year-old 15.3hh Oldenburg mare. She was broken last summer and then turned away over winter as the breeder had…

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Enjoying the best of autumn

It’s a busy time here as although our season finished at Dauntsey, autumn is typically the time when horses are bought and sold. I have a few here to sell, including Highmead Proposition(Jake) who finished his season on a high with a super double clear and second place at Dauntsey in a very hot intermediate.…

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Super working pupil opportunity

We are now looking for another working student to start at the end of this season or as soon as possible. Beautiful indoor barn and excellent facilities including brand new onsite accommodation. See website for more info www.coralkeeneventing.co.uk Horses range from unbroken to 4*. All normal yard duties required and an ability to handle youngsters…

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Busy, busy, busy at Aston-Le-Walls

Aston-Le-Walls This proved a busy competition with four horses running between 11am and 6pm so it was non-stop for a few hours!   Cascadelle (Lola) lead her dressage on a score of 27.7, jumped an immaculate showjumping round, just rolling a pole, and was super cross country where I didn’t feel she needed to run…

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A jacket for all seasons from Stierna

Stierna’s high performance riding jacket – the Prime 3L – has once again proved perfect during the deluge at the start of the week. The jacket is made in a unique 3-layer EQUTEX™ 4-way stretch fabric which is waterproof, windproof and breathable and its great for layering. Fully taped seams with pre-shaped sleeves and ergonomically…

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Wonderful Wilton!

I was absolutely delighted with Peter Holdgate’s Hayestown Clover Quin on his second run for me at Wilton at the weekend where he completed on his dressage score again to finish in second place in the open novice. I’m looking forward to moving up to intermediate in a couple of weeks. Highmead Proposition (Jake) did…

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Veredus E-Vento Boots

The E-Vento boots from Veredus are superb. After 11 minutes of cross country at Luhmuhlen in the CCI4* they boots hadn’t moved, flipped or marked Derby, and that included four water jumps. They are super boots and come highly recommended. You can buy them on the Zebra Products website http://veredus-uk.shptron.com/c/new_e-vento And there’s a great video on…

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Chepstow

We went to Chepstow on Saturday with Vodka Luge and Lady Logan Berry for their first BE in the 90 class where I competed HC as I have ridden at advanced level. They went along for the experience and they were both such a pleasure. They did nice tests, jumped very well and were super across…

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Luhmühlen CCI4* 2016 – 15th place

I was over the moon with Derby (Wellshead Fare Opposition) at Luhmühlen where he finished 15th. We made a couple of silly mistakes in the dressage but overall it was a much improved performance and some parts were really smart! He scored 50.3 and went into the cross country in 15th position. I had the best ride I…

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Houghton Hall FEI Nations Cup Eventing 2016

It was such an honour to be on the British team for the home leg of the FEI Nations Cup series at Houghton Hall at the weekend. The German team won for the second year running narrowly beating Australia by just 0.4 penalties. Our team comprised Izzy Taylor (Call Me Maggie May), Laura Collett (Mr Bass) and Sarah Bullimore (Valentino V).…

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Aston-Le-Walls

I was really pleased with April (Total Belief) at Aston Le Walls where she jumped a lovely and easy double clear in her first novice and finished fifth. Jake (Highmead Proposition) was super across country in his first intermediate and Derby (Wellshead Oppostion) jumped a beautiful double clear in the open intermediate.

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Latest Horse and Hound blog

I think Derby (Wellshead Fare Opposition) is feeling a little too well! Having warmed up beautifully before his dressage test in the advanced at Withington Manor Horse Trials, he was then a monkey in the arena and became quite tense and fresh. It meant he threw away some marks, so I won’t be fooled by…

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A great run at Hambledon

April 26 – Hambleden Horse Trials couldn’t have been any better and huge credit goes to the organisers, British Eventing and BE volunteers for holding Sunday’s competition after Friday’s deluge. Read more here http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/blog/coral-keens-eventing-blog-533599

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Hambledon International

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Hambleden couldn’t have been any better and its huge credit to the organizers, British Eventing and BE Volunteers for holding Sunday’s competition after Friday’s deluge. It’s one of my favorourite events and the bluebells through the woods always make it look so gorgeous there.  Phoebe in the bluebells at Hambleden…

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Wyvern

I was delighted to receive a box of goodies from Wyvern including some lovely fleece rugs that match my colours, new numnahs and some beautiful English leather bridlework. The Wyvern tradestand attends many shows up and down the country so do go and pay them a visit. For a full range of stock visit http://www.wyvernep.co.uk/

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Stierna Equestrian Sportswear

Practical, technical, functional, stylish – I am really impressed with Stierna Equestrian Sportswear which has been designed with by Helena Strömbäck in Sweden who believes riders should be regarded as athletes. Stierna is based on the three-layer system with using garments that regulate heat produced, wick away moisture and resist wind and rain.   The end…

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We currently have availability for livery – from DIY to competition

Full / Part / DIY / Competition /Schooling Excellent facilities including ; •60/40m outdoor arena with Martin Collins surface. •Covered monarch walker with rubber flooring •Post and rail paddocks •Individual turnout •Hacking directly onto Salisbury plain (no roadwork needed) •40/20m indoor arena with Martin Collins surface •12×12 monarch stables •Hot and cold wash down •24hr…

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Pre-season training

We’ve been out and about with the horses, getting them to different venues and putting the training in which should pay off once the season starts for me in three weeks time at Tweseldown Horse Trials. You can read more in my latest blog for Horse and Hound .

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Lola wins at Waregem

Lola (Cascadelle) was a superstar at Waregem in Belgium where she won the CIC* from 109 starters. It was her second one star win in succession, as she also won at Gatcombe International. For a six-year-old to achieve this is quite some achievement and I am so proud of her. She has now earned herself…

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That pesky Cottesmore Leap!

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials came to an abrupt end when I parted company with Derby at the Cottesmore Leap (Horse and Hound Blog Sep 6). But the outcome has been incredible with so many emails, texts and phone calls from people commenting on how well we were going up until that point. It…

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Burghley Blogs

Read my latest blog for Horse and Hound (Sep 3) here. We’ve arrived safely at Burghley and feel very privileged to be here. And here’s how I felt after the dressage! Also some images from yesterday including outside Burghley House before the cocktail party with my mum and dad, Phoebe the Guard Dog outside Derbys’ stable,…

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Treborough Hill

I took four horses down to Exmoor for Treborough Hill where Total Belief did a lovely test and finished on her excellent score of 27 to win her 100 section. She feels on great form and I’m looking forward to running her at Osberton in the 5yo championships. Cascadelle was a little fresh and cheeky on…

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Hartpury CIC3*

We had a super result at Hartpury International where Derby finished 12th in the CIC3*. He did a good dressage test, with room for improvement, before doing a beautiful clear showjumping and then he cruised around the cross country to pick up just 2.4 time penalties. It’s the perfect preparation for Land Rover Burghley in…

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Great results and Burghley blogger

Highmead Proposition (Jake) continues to impress me with another great result at Wilton. It was his first run in a novice after his fourth place at Dauntsey in a BE100, and he produced a beautiful double clear to finishing on his dressage score of 29.50. Total Belief (Lola) earned herself another top five placing at…

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Poles apart

Whether you have an arena or a field, its very useful to place two poles at a random distance apart form each other and alter the strides between in canter. For example, you might ride 15 strides and then 10 strides. It teaches the horse to adjust and it keeps your eye in. If you get…

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Use the centre line

It’s really useful to use the centre line to see if your transitions are straight. I do a lot of transitions on the centre line and very often I will bring the horse back as if to prepare for a halt transition and then ride forwards and out so that they don’t start to predict you.…

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Dauntsey Park

Dauntsey Park on Wednesday was another great day with April, Lola and Jake all jumping double clears in their section and finishing with top ten placings. The horses have all been on super form and I’m thrilled with them all.

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Working pupil position available

We currently have a vacancy for another working pupil to join our small friendly team. Based near Devizes in Wiltshire we have a yard of 10 event horses, brood mares, young stock and liveries. The job will include all yard duties such as mucking out, turn out and bring in, tack up, clipping, trimming, bathing,…

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Luhmühlen ****

Derby (Wellshead Fare Opposition) did a super dressage test and went clear across country at Luhmühlen **** which meant that going into yesterday’s showjumping we were best of the Brits. However, the huge atmosphere meant that he was a little tense and unusually for him he lowered four poles. I am still over the moon with…

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Derby finishes 7th in CICO3* at Houghton

Derby was brilliant at Houghton International where he finished seventh in the CICO3* finishing on his dressage score of 45.9. He did a beautiful test, with some room for improvement, and he felt great showjumping with a good, solid clear round. The cross country course at Houghton is always very difficult and I was under…

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Love your Derriere!

The Derrierre Equestrian Cannes Competition Breeches are practical, stylish and really flattering for your shape especially with the pockets at the back. The front pockets are filled in you don’t have to mess about trying to make sure they are flat. I also like the material down the lower leg which is really comfortable when…

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Use your corners

Always use your corners and try to ride thinking shoulder in through the corner. You will be amazed how much more time and space this gives you in your test. It will also help you prepare your horse for movements and while keeping him engaged.

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April wins again

I had a great day at Moreton Morrell last week where April (Total Belief) won a BE100 section finishing on her dressage score of 29 having jumped a double clear. She’s such a star! Jake (Highmead Proposition) also did a nice test to score 29 and had a unlucky rail showjumping. He had a green…

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PK Sports Wear

        I really like the clothing from PK Sports Wear, available from Zebra Products. http://www.zebraproducts.co.uk/PK-International-Sports-Wear/pk-brings-colour-and-vibrance-to-equestrian-clothing.html

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Bicton Arena

    Cascadelle finished on her dressage score of 24.3, after a super double clear, to win a novice section at Bicton Arena. Total Belief was also super and was fourth in a BE100 finishing on her dressage score of 31. Highmead Proposition did a super dressage and went clear showjumping but made a green…

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Somerley Park

Lola had the perfect step up to novice today at Somerley Park where she finished 10th after a super dressage test and a double clear. We took it steady for her first time and picked up a few time penalties. I was also really pleased with Derby in the OI. He also did a really…

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Bicton win for Lola

Lola (Cascadelle) picked up another novice win at Bicton Arena where she did a beautiful test even though she felt very fresh in the warm up. She was great showjumping and felt super cross country and was very good on her lines.  After such an intense start to the season she’s had a bit of a…

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Tweseldown

The new eventing season started off very promisingly  at Tweseldown on Thursday. Derby (Wellshead Fare Oppostion) was superb in the dressage in a very hot OI scoring a  personal best dressage score of 22.5 which put us second. He showjumped clear but we had a steering problem at the water which I am confident we…

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Veredus E-Vento Boots

This week we love – Veredus E-Vento Boots As worn by Lola. The boots are made in microperforated neoprene AEROX, together with 3D mesh ducted fabric to guarantee double ventilation. Fully waterproof the boots don’t absorb or retain water, meaning they stay dry despite weather and going conditions. And, although they offer robust protection, the…

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