Isobel Long: Looking Ahead In 2017


After months of frantic voting and promoting, the winners were announced. I was over the moon to receive an email saying that I had won sponsorship from the amazing company, Blue Chip Feed. Soon after that my clothing arrived and straight away Henrik and I started to promote at every show we went to. The first show we attended in our Blue Chip Feed gear was at Pachesham Equestrian Centre where we did the 90cm Dengie SJ qualifier, finishing 3rd to qualify for the Dengie 2nd rounds next year. This was one of my aims for 2016 which I was happy to achieve so early in the qualifying season. Henrik and I aim to improve our dressage and we have attended a few dressage to music lessons which really benefit us with keeping the correct beat and we are experimenting with challenging movements for both Henrik and I. Next we attended a very rainy BRC Combined Training competition which we achieved 27.1% in our dressage despite Henrik slipping and finishing with an ice skating display up the centre line! Then we went on to go clear in our 85cm SJ round, finishing with a team 2nd and individually 4th, we both looked very smart in our gear and the water proof coat kept me nice and dry when I was warming up in the pouring rain!

Our next event was a very exciting one, as earlier in the year I had qualified for the NSEA JWS championship class at Addington Manor however the
rules said that it had to be the same horse rider combination. But luckily for Henrik and I there was a Rio Olympic special class which we could compete in!  The SJ course was 95cm-1m, which was the biggest course I had ever jumped but Henrik took ever jump in his stride, doing a lovely clear round. I was lucky enough to carry Willberry the wonder pony on my back which was amazing as Hannah Francis is an inspiration to me. Henrik and I really enjoy XC so we attended a XC clinic at Gasstons Stables which was really beneficial, we worked on more complex lines and Henrik was very brave when he jumped the 1.20m brushes! At multiple clinics and competitions we have revived many positive comments saying that we have improved which is really nice to hear. After our successful outing to Addington Manor we decided to have a go at the Novice Dengie dressage qualifier where we unfortunately didn’t get placed however still achieved a respectable score of 65.6%, which I was pleased with. My Blue Chip Gilet is perfect for the dressage warm up and makes Henrik and look very smart. Henrik has been improving so much lately with the help of Blue Chip Joint RLF and Blue Chip Original his muscles are building up nicely, his suppleness is improving and his overall condition is great.

A big highlight so far has to be when I was invited to go to the evening with Tina Cook and Charlie Hutton. It was worth the 4 hour drive to get to Arena UK as the tips and demonstrations from both riders where truly inspirational and helpful. I loved how both riders treated their horses with care and respect all the time and especially enjoyed Charlie Hutton’s magical dressage to music performance. I was lucky enough to get a picture with
Charlie Hutton and he even signed my Blue Chip feed cap! The following weekend I was lucky enough to go to Your Horse Live where I popped into the Blue Chip Feed stand to say Hello to Sarah and Emma.

After Henrik having two weekends off from competing we went to the BRC dressage qualifier at Merrist Wood collage, we did Prelim 2, finishing on 65.34%. Henrik and I came 5th individual and our team came 1st, qualifying for the BRC KBIS novice winter championships which will be taking place next year! Also we took part in the NSEA pop up dressage series where we came 12th  in the first competition, we are going to aim to compete the whole series as the championships is taking place at Bury Farm. We had a gymnastic jumping clinic at North Lodge that really challenged Henrik as there was many bounces and complex courses. Henrik tried his best and successfully jumped all of the combinations, improving as we went along. Finally we had a really good lesson with my BHS qualified instructor, we had to make up our own course, taking into consideration what would best suit Henrik. By the end of the lesson Henrik and I were flying 1m spreads and 1.05m uprights which he cleared first time. I am really looking forward to attending the championships this year and hopefully achieving more of our aims!

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