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What a whirlwind couple of months!!!

Posted on February 26th, 2014 by

It seems so long ago that I managed to give you all a blog update. I am sorry, you can slap me on the wrist now….but…I promise to keep you all up to date more regularly from now on!

It’s been a crazy few weeks here at Hammer & Harp Farm, there never seems to be a dull day! Can you believe I have been based here for 6 months now! How time flies….

The yard is running really well, all of the horses are training great and the arena is having a whole 25metres of mirrors added, it’s going to look fab! You know how much us dressage riders love to look at themselves in the mirror!!!!! We have been so lucky that with all the rain over the last few weeks not a drop surfaced on the arena at all…. Shows that you can never cut costs on the drainage! Life here has got that buy that I have had to take on another member of staff to help Kelly out, Alessha joined us back in December and has quickly become part of the team.

Horse & Hound paid a visit to us a couple of weeks ago, which was very exciting. They are running an article on a showing producer, eventer and dressage rider who have all worked for top riders and then set up their own businesses. Out of all of the riders in the country H&H chose Rob! We were all on the yard from the crack of dawn, sweeping and polishing ready for the big photoshoot and interview. It all went swinmmingly. Kingsland had very kindly given Rob their 2014 A/W range to wear, its not available till August and hasn’t been seen yet… so it really will be a ‘seen here first’!! Fingers & toes crossed the pictures look great in the magazine. It’s out tomorrow (27th) so please all make sure you grab a copy, I would hate for my ugly mug to cause them to have their least selling issue ever!!!

Rhodesia is going from strength to strength, we’re training hard for our regionals at Patchetts next week, hopefully we will qualify for the Winter Championships, keep everything crossed for us! Our lessons with Carl have been AMAZING, we have been working on his flying changes and the beginnings of passage!!!! He even commented on what a good job I had done, which as you can imagine means the world, you can’t get much better compliment then that. Carl is an incredible trainer, everything is just so easy and the horses seem to pick it up straight away. I hope to get down there for a week soon.

Talking of training, after the regionals I am flying out to Germany for 4 days, horse shopping! I thought that the time had come for me to buy my own horse to have coming up through the levels behind Rhodesia. I’ll be trudging around muddy fields looking at hairy 3 yr olds. More in my next blog.

So it’s so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen and goodbye from me. Hopefully I will have even more good news to blog about next time. 🙂


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