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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Rained Off!

Well, thanks precipitation!  All lessons moved to tomorrow due to the constant piddle!  So Sunday is now a tad full.  Lessons starting at 10.30am then 11am and 1pm, 2pm and 3pm!

Also, due to the rain, the horses had to stay in to keep the field in good nick.  It's a contentious issue at the yard.  I know some stables turn out regardless of the weather and have winter fields just for the purpose that are allowed to get trashed a bit in order for the beasts to stretch their legs.  Other yards are strict and have restricted turn-out for just a few hours a day.  Would be interested to know people's views on this?  Or alternative routines?

Talking of livery yards, I am currently trying ot find one closer to home (Thornton Abbey, near Ulceby/Goxhill/East Halton).  If you know of anywhere that has an outdoor arena, does DIY or part livery and has turn-out and a stable, please let me know!?!!?  So far been to:

* Pawsons in Ulceby - closed down riding school, no proper arena and poor wooden stabling and little grazing £25/week.

* Graham Scott's in Ulceby - No outdoor arena, big stables, 10x35m indoor exercise arena, winter and summer turn-out, haylage, tack room, feed room, secure, £25/week for stable plus hay and straw on top.

* JJ Equestrian in Goxhill - £70/week full livery - amezzin, massive outdoor arena, individual turn-out paddock, rubber matting, shavings, feed, hay or haylage, ace ace ace but £££££££££££££££!!!  Jo was lovely though.

* Lophams in Goxhill - only a kids riding school and the Van Den Bos woman that runs it was most unfriendly too!

All no good sadly.

Does a yard exist with the things that I need I wonder?  Back to Google maps to search for arenas nearby LOL!

Friday, 18 February 2011

February 2011


It's been a busy couple of weeks.  I'll bring you up to speed.

I've found out that my "day-job" with the council is due to be cut at the end of March.  Bugger.  However, I'm waiting to find out if there is a part-time position that would be ace.  Why?  Because that would mean I could coach during the week!  I am very excited about this prospect as it opens up more options for potential clients, espesh as I've had a couple of riders say that they would be very interested in having mid-week lessons.  Another advantage is that I would have time to sort out OP.  The poor pony hasn't done anything for months and I want to bring him back asap.

In other news ...

My client list is growing well.  I've got LM with her little New Forest pony, AD with her coloured youngster and ES with her very capable cob!  They take up a chunk of my teaching on Saturday's at the moment but hoping to fill my day soon!

Having joined Alkborough and District Saddle Club and now become their Ridden Event's Organiser/Training Officer/Newletter Editor, I very excited about my future as a coach.  At the last meeting (Tues night), it was decided that the club would definately become affiliated to the BHS and become a full British Riding Club!  Amezzin!  AND I am involved with it!   I'm hoping to inject some enthusiasm and energy into the club and provide training sessions, ridden events and lecture/demos for the members.  I've managed to recruit my BFF, CB as the Treasurer of the club as she is a financial whizz.  Thanks C!!!  Through networking I've re-made acquaintance with another instructor LT at a local riding school Normanby Park Riding School and the club will be able to hire their arena for training sessions which is ace.  I am looking to find a grass paddock type venue close to Alkborough to also use as a training area.  Any ideas would be helpful?

My other roles with the club are to write the newsletter and promote the club through various media channels.   I'm going to contact my uncle (he's in the newspaper business) for advice on how best to handle local newspapers etc to promote the club and it's events etc to their best.  I love all this kind of thing!  Next plan I think is to get myself a laptop so that I don't have to keep pinching A's pc all the time. 

If you would like to join the club - please do!  It's fab for socialising, networking and soon to be THE club to join for fun and informative training sessions and events! Details below:

Our membership fees:

Social Membership Annual Fee £ 7.50
Full Membership Annual Fee £15.00
Family Membership Annual Fee £25.00
Honorary Membership FREE

Full membership details, our rules and constitution plus our membership form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

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More news ...

Having recovered from various types of poorliness recently I am absolutely REFUSING to be ill again!  I would not wish a sinus infection on anyone and having been to the dentist, fingers crossed I won't have so many problems that way on for a bit too - phew!  Homelife is good and I want to keep it that way.  Boy am I looking forward ot the clocks changing and lighter nights.  CAN'T WAIT! :-)