How do I teach my young horse to jump?

Q: “I’ve just had a horse dropped off for me to ride. He’s a five-year-old and I’ve been told he’s a good jumper with potential. On the flat he’s lovely, just what I’m looking for. We’ve had a go over some little (60/70cm) jumps and it’s hit and miss whether he clears or goes through…

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…

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…