The last few months here at Team Chapman Equestrian have been filled with dressage training and competing. The dancing ponies have been on top form and have been really impressing me with both their progress and way of going.
I know it is a cliché at this time of year to say ‘where has the year gone?’ but this year really seems to have flown by scarily fast. When I look back at everything that’s happened this year I am not sure how I managed to fit it all in!
July began with a lovely weekend trip to Somerford Park for the first of two regional competitions. I was chuffed to bits with 5-year-old Romeo (TCE Jubilant al Sno, who is owned by Dad and I) as he finished 4th in a hot elementary gold class. We returned home with fingers crossed for a wild card.
Jessica Burnham heads to Frickley with the U18’s Northern Squad! Millbry Hill are thrilled that Brand Ambassador, Jessica Burnham, has been selected to compete at Frickley Park National U18 Championships at the end of the month as part of the U18’s Northern Region squad! We are proud to be sponsoring the event by providing the Northern Region team with some super smart branded and personalised jackets. A first of many kinds for our Brand Ambassador Jess Burnham…. So where do I start… Its been some 3 months since my last... Read More
Supported Rider, Mel Chapman, gives us the low-down on the past few months My previous blog ended just as I was abut to embark upon a trip to the BD Winter Nationals. I had qualified four young horses for the championship in April and I couldn’t have been prouder of the way they all dealt with the atmosphere and the occasion.
Tips from our Supported Riders on smooth sailing on Show Day You’ve practiced your Dressage test so many times you’ve made yourself dizzy with circles, you can see your own reflection in your riding boots after polishing them to within an inch of your life and you’re Equine friend is as spotlessly clean as polished silver…and breathe. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or new to the scene, if you’ve competed at any level you know the stress, overthinking and long hours of preparation that go into show day. Taking your... Read More
Julie Lawson prepares for a busy few weeks and makes a star appearance at the Millbry Hill Baileys Evening with her Stallion…Primitive Faerie Tale! So, we are off on our annual Somerford trip with thirty members of the Cleveland hunt pony club, it is going to be a busy couple of days! Charlie (Faerlie Similar) and the two Billy’s (Faerlie Tempting) and (Jubilee V) are coming along for the ride, to cross country school ahead of Richmond horse trails in two weeks time. Owen (Primitive Faerie Tale) has been left... Read More
Supported Rider Cara Shardlow and Detonator Back In Action! Millbry Hill Supported Rider, Cara Shardlow, is looking ahead to a promising year after her recent return to the circuit. It’s fantastic to see Cara, who was also a 2018 Supported Rider, enjoying some well earned success after months out of action. What’s more, her star horse Detonator made an impressive competition debut after a year out of competing. Detonator finally had his first trip out in over year after training with Becky Moddy at York. I can’t tell you how... Read More
Supported Rider, Hannah Atkinson, shares some tricks of the trade to get you prepared for Showing season! Having competed at HOYS 23 times with 10 different ponies and gaining qualification for HOYS 2019, Hannah Atkinson is regularly sporting red ribbons. When it comes to having ponies gleaming, Hannah is the expert! Whether you’re getting ready to strut your stuff with your Equine friend in the Show Ring, or hoping to turn heads in the Parade Ring, Hannah’s Showing guide should point you in the right direction. Preparation is key… When... Read More