Catch up with Blue Chip All Stars contestant, David Morris as he tells us what has been happening over the past few months…
In the last few months since my previous blog I have been absolutely none stop, starting with stepping out my comfort zone of the dressage arena to the cross country course, where me and Commanche Z braved the new experience and have to admit I quite enjoyed it!
It was then off to Burghley for a relaxing weekend and a lovely catch up with my fellow All Stars contestants Lucy Robinson and Rhi Lee-Jones who won the show and was busy interviewing riders for Horse and Country TV, so I’m glad she squeezed in the time to see us!
After Burghley came the Petplan Area Festival which was held at Northallerton Equestrian Centre and we had an incredible day. The experience for both Bam Bam and Commanchi Z was invaluable and hopefully we will qualify again next year. Carrying on with the Dressage theme, thank you to Clare Blaskey, the founder of Blue Chip Feed, I had the honour of attending the Le Mieux National Dressage championships as her special guest and had a truly fantastic day as we also managed to meet Charlotte Dujardin between her tests!
In other news, I am now an ambassador alongside fellow All-Star Issi Nami for an anti-bullying campaign called Not on my Yard, which I feel very strongly about and am very honoured to be involved in. Also, my wife and I were very kindly invited to the evening that Blue Chip and Horse and Rider Magazine hosted with Tina Cook and Charlie Hutton at Arena UK and it was a great night. I even managed to grab a few more photos for the Not on my Yard campaign thanks to Tina Cook and Charlie and Abi Hutton who are fully behind the campaign.
After a few weekends off from competing in the Dressage ring, it seems to have given us all a much needed boost as Bam Bam, Phantom and Commanchi Z have all qualified for The Four Seasons Dressage Championship in December. I decided that competing all three horses in the same day and doing six different tests would really test me mentally and physically, and I was over the moon with the results! Bam Bam received his highest mark to date with an amazing 72.92% and Commanchi Z came away with a fantastic score of just over 77%! Phantom also excelled himself too with 76% and after only 5 months of us competing in the league together, taking 3rd place out of a strong field of 75 competitors on the leader board!
David plans to keep up with his dressage in the New Year and aims to keep climbing up the leader boards by putting in 100% with all of his horses. See some of his top training tips below!
David’s Top Tips
Take away your stirrups!
I Ride without stirrups for anywhere between 10-20 minutes each session which has hugely benefited my position by helping me get a better seat and a proper alignment, improving my horse’s way of going no end
Practice your Pole Work!
I love pole work; it can often liven up a flatwork session for both me and my horses and also helps me focus and gives me a better awareness of accuracy.
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