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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Larkhill Round Up

It was great to be back out eventing at the weekend, and a huge thanks to Larkhill for persevering through the weather.

How do I achieve the perfect jumping position?

Q: Help with my jump position: “How on earth can I get the correct jump fold position? For whatever reason, I ride defensively and almost lock myself into a standing position, although giving with my hands. I’ve been having lessons, upon lessons, upon lessons, and yet...

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...

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...

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...

The perfect sign off for the season at Osberton

Osberton International was a fantastic way to conclude the season for Total Belief who finished ninth in the YH**(CIC). Standing in the mounted prize giving I felt so incredibly proud for my dad Steve who bred her. She’s our first home bred and when she was born she...

Eighth double clear of the season

Total Belief (April) notched up her eighth double clear this season at Gatcobe where she finished sixth in the intermediate. She performed a beautiful dressage test, which put her in the top spot, but as she is still a young horse, we kept the hand brake on across...

Fabulous courses at Bicton Arena

We had a super couple of days at Bicton Arena where 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

A busman’s holiday and busy with the babies

I had a great weekend off at the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials. Now its back to business as usual with the youngsters all progressing really well. Read more in my latest blog for Horse and Hound here. Clothing is by Mountain Horse - the Adele fleece and Opus High...