2017 ended in a whirl of Christmas shopping, end of year parties and of course plenty of saddle time.
On the last Friday of Novemeber we competed once again in the Equimind online dressage competition. We completed in both the elementary and medium tests. This was particularly exciting as it was the first month that Equimind has run the medium classes. We managed to score 69.8% in the elementary test and 61.2% in the medium. We also got some really great feedback on these tests. The judge commented on Nonie’s ‘lovely cadence’ but that she needed to show more displacement in the lateral work. We were once again visited by Dani Keogh. We had two fantastic lessons where we worked on improving the wrap in the halfpass in both canter and trot.
During the end of year craziness we managed to find time to have some new adventures. In mid December, Nonie and I had our first few bridleless rides and she was an absolute gem. It was something I had wanted to try for the longest time, but I really didn’t know where to start. A chance meeting with one of the other agistee’s gave me the starting point that I needed. Even in that first ride sans bridle we were able to confidently walk, trot and canter on both reins. That weekend a few of us hooked up our floats, jumped in the car and headed to the beach. We had a great relaxing ride and managed to get the ponies in for a bit of a swim.
To round off the year, whilst I was at home on the Sunshine Coast I was able to have two lessons my coach Danielle Keogh’s wonderful horse Remi Pegasus, aka Nemo. It was an incredible opportunity to be able to ride a horse as well school as Nemo. I was able to get a feel for the degree of collection required for the canter pirouette’s and the halfpass.
My favourite products from Wilson Equestrian in 2017 are the new Silicon Belts and the Southern Highlands Denim Breeches. The silicon belts are a great way to add a pop of colour to your riding outfit. The Southern Highlands denim breeches are super comfortable and have become a fast favourite.