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Showjumping Disasters and a New Pony!

Last weekend we had a two day show at Tillyoch – or at least we were meant to!  Lewis’ pony Izzy is off again after having a piece of tooth (see pic!) removed from her gum so he took Dakota, his sister’s pony on Saturday morning.  Dakota had a wee buck in the warmup which resulted in tears and a refusal to ride her so that one went back on the lorry!  After a very, very long wait Findlay went into the 1m class with Maddie but cut a corner resulting in a stop at an oxer, a bashed face, an undone chinstrap and ultimately, more tears!

This was removed from Izzy's gum.  It's about 2cm long and the vet reckons it was a 'leftover' from her tooth op a couple of weeks ago.
This was removed from Izzy’s gum. It’s about 2cm long and the vet reckons it was a ‘leftover’ from her tooth op a couple of weeks ago.

After the show, I had organised dinner at the Bieldside Inn for around 40 people although almost 50 turned up.  The ‘Bielder’ did their usual awesome job and stepped up with extra tables, chairs and food but unfortunately this wasn’t good enough for one particular person who moaned, whinged, bitched and complained enough to ruin pretty much everyone’s enjoyment of the evening.  On top of that, the girls’ toilets got damaged with the hand dryer off the wall and a smashed toilet seat!  Not sure this junior showjumping is for us, you wouldn’t get that kind of behaviour with Pony Club or the Eventing lot.

After the disaster of both the jumping and dinner of Saturday, we decided not to go back to the show but to have a pony day at home.  I bought a wee coloured mare unseen during the week so it was a good opportunity to give her a jump and see how she goes.  She’s a (very full up!) 138cm pony who has been there, done it, and got the tee shirt.  Here is her having a wee pop:

Lara has done SJ, XC, hunted, she’s been to the PC Championships, a member of the British Schools SJ Championships winning team at Hickstead etc.  She’ll be a brilliant XC schoolmistress for Findlay.  Here’s a pic of her in her previous home:


After Lara, we headed over to Oldfold and I had a wee sit on Maddie for Fin.  She goes great for him but she sometimes just gets a little stuffy so I gave her a wee jump and got her going a little more forward for him.  You can see her reaction in the pictures below – she has serious attitude!

Maddie 2 Maddie 1Maddie 3 

 She will definitely feel a lot more forward for Findlay the next time he rides her!  I try not to ride the ponies too much but it is sometimes good for them to have a quick ‘tune up’ as it keeps them sweet for the kids.

It’s the bad days that make the good days worthwhile!


More Cancelled Shows, and Izzy’s Op.

The weather is still conspiring against us!

On Saturday, we had to head to Aboyne to pick Izzy up from Dukes Vets where she had had a little bit of work done on her teeth.  Basically, she has Diastemas which is a space between her teeth – these are causing a problem because food is getting trapped in the gaps and is becoming impacted causing her a lot of pain and discomfort.  In the photo below, you can see what Jim has done using his power-tools.  She had 5 gaps opened up to allow food to come back out without getting stuck.

Don’t worry, this is one that died earlier!

We had the choice of two shows on Sunday; unafilliated SJ at Tillyoch and an Arena Event at Cabin.  We had already decided on Saturday that we would go to Tillyoch as it’s only a couple of miles along the road and the forecast wasn’t great.  Alas, at 8:30 on Sunday morning it was cancelled due to a police travel warning on the A90.  I called Michael to check there was a course up and there was so we loaded a few ponies and took them over for a school round, braving the roads which weren’t too bad (see video).

As well as taking little Ollie (the wee grey 128 that we bought at Cavan sales in Ireland) we took Dakota for Millie to play with, and we also took Hannah with Piglet, Lucy with Storm and Ellis with Cruise – they all jumped round various heights of tracks and performed brilliantly.  Lewis stole a shot on Dakota at the end and I think he’s fallen a little bit in love with her!

Supplements – This One Works!

I thought I’d just post a wee note about the supplement we use for the jumping ponies.  I went to Warwickshire College a few hundred years ago, and one of the people I met (and made good friends with) whilst there was a chap called Alex Gingell.  Alex was always destined to be successful as he is great with people and has an amazing positive mental attitude.

I got back in touch with Alex a few years ago – he’d just launched a supplement company called Hack Up and persuaded me to try a product called Boost on an old Grade A mare of mine which was lacking a bit of sparkle.  What a difference it made!  She was like a 4yo, having a wee buck and squeal in the practice ring and jumping better than ever!

Boost isn’t Alex’s main product though – he specialises in ‘bespoke’ supplements, designed and blended specifically for your horse using top quality, human grade ingredients.  They can help digestion, joints, pain – have a look at his website in the link above for more info.

Our ponies are on one of Alex’s joint bespokes, and they look great, feel great and jump great!  Maddie (Findlay’s pony), is 13yo and is quite high mileage and is out jumping round 1m tracks like they aren’t there (as you can see in the video below!).

Hack Up even lets you spread your payment at no extra cost, and if you spend £100 in one order you currently get a free Hack Up jacket – I can testify that these are nice and cosy!

Register on the website, enter your details and let Alex create a free formulation for your horse on pony – you know it makes sense!  Mention me (David Lawson), and I might even get another free jacket!!!

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Pony Club This Weekend

So this weekend sees us back at Tillyoch on Saturday – although not for the usual showjumping!  Fin, Lewie and Millie have their first Pony Club rally.  We feel that it’s important that they have a well rounded equine education, so we joined them to my old PC, Deeside.  It’s a flatwork rally which should please Millie, the boys not so much!

A couple of months ago we sold the wee 3.5T lorry and bought a 17T wagon – this makes a huge difference as the kids can stay in the warmth and watch DVDs etc when we’re away at shows; we never see Harry these days at a show!


There’s a two day BS show on at the Cabin Equestrian Centre this weekend, so if the ice has disappeared by Sunday I might take Willow over for a jump round the Discovery and Newcomers.

I’ll update after the weekend – have a good one!