EQUINE - Young Riders Blog Sept 2017

30 Sep 2017

LEIGH-ANN ALLAN FROM PERTHSHIRE. NORTH OF SCOTLAND WINNER

Hey, Welcome to my first blog post as the Harbro young rider for the north of Scotland.  This is my first time doing anything like this so please bear with me and apologies in advanced for my poor spelling and technical accuracy!

Wow! What an adventure this first month has been! I would firstly like to say an absolutely massive thank you to everyone who took the time to watch, like, share and vote for me in the final round.  The support and encouragement that was given to me was unbelievable and very touching! The final day of voting was intense to say the least but when I finally got the call at 5.10pm I was ecstatic! However, the next day real life prevailed and I was out in the fields luging 180 bales of hay around… not even for myself!  

My first planned event after winning did not quite go to plan.  After travelling the 150+ miles down to Warwick hall in my wee x-trail the heavens decided to open, we are not talking a wee shower  but totally torrential, right as I was warming up for dressage! Lesson of the day always remember spare clothes as driving home soaking wet isn’t much fun! Dee jay does not like the rain so was very cooperative in the hope to get back to the trailer quickly producing a fab test for a new personal best of 27.5!!!!  The torrential downpour however meant that the event had to be abandoned. Most expensive dressage test EVER!

Having not quite gone to plan I quickly decided to enter Hendersyde although not quite quick enough as late fee had to be paid.  So another journey back to the borders (another early alarm). All set and ready we headed off to dressage where dee jay warmed up really nicely producing a lovely test but was a little tense at times (walk was almost non-existent). After a quick change we went to tackle my nemesis of the day having felt pretty confident about the show jumping (thanks to my fab training with Stephanie O’Neil) but the course was so undulated that I knew keeping dee jay bouncy was going to be a difficult task – resulting in 2 down.  Now off to the fun bit – Cross country!! Dee Jay was an absolute dude and stormed round but unfortunately rider wasn’t quite as in tune so ended up with a few time faults finishing in 12th place.

Having had Eglinton and Warwick hall cancelled I decided to enter Dalkeith. Firstly what an amazing venue!!!  New challenge was doing the event on my own as wasn’t able to stir up a groom however met up with the amazing Iona Campbell who helped me out as well as Claire, Emma and Lynne.  Dressage didn’t quite go to plan as I learnt that you are not allowed to have a stick even if you don’t have spurs on.  Guess you learn from your mistakes…. Show jumping was fab with just barely touching the pole to have it down but then a Mega clear Cross County inside the time meaning we finished in 10th Place!!

One month into being a Harbro ambassador and I’m feeling pretty chuffed with my accomplishments so far… Onwards and upwards as they say!

Massive well done to Rosa for her amazing accomplishments very much in awe and I can only aspire to be in the same league.

ROSA ONSLOW FROM HAWICK. SOUTH OF SCOTLAND WINNER

I am so excited to become a Harbro Ambassador and thankful to anyone that voted for me. I have had a very busy last couple of months eventing. Having competed in my first Advanced at Aston le Walls (where I was double clear and came 3rd), along with a 2* at Somerford Park International, an Intermediate at Richmond and two CIC3* at Camphire International and Ballindenisk International (where I came 15th and 16th), it feels like I am starting to live in my lorry! Both of my 3*’s  were in Southern Ireland and so a lot of travel was involved, including long ferry journeys. Both horses that I took lived on Harbro Haylage, which they absolutely adore and it keeps them feeling on tip top condition for these long trips away. Camphire was the most amazing event with incredible sunshine all week; I must admit I was rather nervous with the jumps nearly all being bigger than me and a hugely technical xc, so I was thrilled to jump clear with just 2.8 time penalties at my first attempt at the level.! I then managed to fit in a two-day training camp with HorseScotland Performance squad, where I learnt SO much as always and had video analysis and physio sessions to help improve my position on a horse, along with Dr and Sj lessons and a dreaded fitness test!

I have now just got back from a VERY wet and muddy Ballindenisk international in which I was competing in the 3* (where I was placed 16th) and the 2* (where I was placed 11th) and so now my next two weeks will consist of trying to wash and revive everything that was soaked there! Very sadly Henton Attorney General owned by Lizzie Green, picked up a minor injury at the British Young Rider Championships where he was lying 2nd going into the final day; although gutting it felt incredible to be up there in my first year of Young Riders (U21 GB team trials) and it has made me even more determined for next year. RLE Limbo Kaiser has finished his event season having exceeded all aims, jumping double clear at Novice, Intermediate, 2* and Advanced level (alongside my A-levels) and he is now qualified for CCI3*, which I aim to do next year! I have one event left, at 2* level, for my other horse Diamond Sundance (which was bought as a 5yr old by my mum for her to compete 6 years ago, and I am now very lucky to be given the ride on). I have only ridden him for two months but I have competed at two intermediates and two 2* competitions, qualifying him for CCI2* and  I aim to trial him for the Young Rider GB team next year. I have now started to plan a busy winter of Dr and Sj training and I am also very excited to have Vicki, the Harbro Equine Nutritionist, coming to my yard to help advise me what to feed my horses to ensure they perform at their best.

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