Karen Joynson

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Name:  Mrs Karen Joynson – BHSII / UKCC Level 3 Coach

Horse/s for 2014::

Secret Avalanche (Aka Bertie)
Ever So Lightly (Aka Lloyd)





Best 2013 Results:

Lots of great results including Bertie being selected for the British Dressage Inter-county Team competing at Medium, Bertie being selected for the British Dressage Inter-Regional Team competing at Elementary. Woadshills Lucky Jim being selected for the BD Inter-County Team at Novice, both horses qualifying for the BD Area Festivals at Novice, Elementary and Medium. Lloyd taking part in the middle weight hunters at HOYS and coming 10th.

2014 Goals:  

Continuing to progress through the dressage levels with both horses. Competing in County ridden showing with Lloyd with the aim of qualifying for RIHS/HOYS. Training Lloyd to go in a side saddle and also competing working hunter. Also training & competing Lloyd to take part in British Dressage competitions and progressing through the levels.

Top Tips:

Never Give Up – even when things seem to go wrong, you must believe “things happen for a reason” and normally lead to bigger and  better things

 Personal highpoint:

Riding in the main arena at The Horse of the Year Show

Memorable Horses:

Dhakota, my first horse age 4 years and a pure bred arab! His half sister Dreaming Jade who was the first horse I broke in and bred a  foal from, Shakotas Dream who was my first foal & my horse of a life time. Maybe Great – my first warmblood who I backed & broke in. Grange Park Royal – another once in a life time horse.

Website: www.karen-joynson.co.uk

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  • May: “This month’s update: Well, what a month of highs & lows, which is always the case with horses.  A fantastic start to the month with the British Dressage Inter-County South West dressage, with great results for April and myself.  This was sadly followed by the loss of my beloved Bertie, which has left a huge hole in our hearts.  Lloyd has been going amazingly well in his dressage with a double win in two novice classes with over 79%+ scores, and then did it again at our next show.  We are now qualified in just two outings for the Area Festivals and Winter Regionals.  We had a big blip at the Royal Bath & West, where we had a major breaking-mechanism failure in the hunter class, when Lloyd thought it would be fun to skip the boring bit and go straight for the gallop and would not stop!!! We retired and have re-aligned his ABS.  April and Robin have been going from strength to strength; they came 5th in their first ever county show in the Working Hunters – a huge course that they tackled very well.  They are off competing tomorrow and then we have the Three Counties show next weekend.  They also had spring pony club camp.  We are flat out over June competing and training, so hoping for some good results.”

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  • “Another non-stop month with some great successes.  Lloyd seems to be clocking up the dressage points with his 70% plus scores.  We were away at the British Dressage summer training camp at Hartpury college, it was good to let Lloyd take in the buzzy atmosphere.  April and Robin seem to be going from strength to strength.  Riding in the BE90/95 at West Wilts Riding Club qualifier with over 150 riders, they got the best dressage score of the day just 21 followed by a double clear sj/xc.  They need to kick on a bit xc as they got 7 time faults.  We were delighted to find they came 5th overall against juniors/seniors and then came 1st overall in the juniors, qualifying for the riding club championships.  They then took part in the inter-school team show jumping, coming 3rd out of 28 teams.   I was also thrilled to find April had been awarded a trophy from KLB school, for her equestrian achievements and sporting person with Olympic potential!  Next week we will be busy competing at the Badminton Dressage championships.”  Karen Joynson

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  • Blue Chip rider selected to ride on the English Team!“I am still having to pinch myself to see if it has really happened but it has.  Being selected by British Dressage to ride on the England Team at the Home International in October really is a dream come true.  When I applied to the selectors I was delighted to reach the “long list”, then amazed to get to the “short list” and overjoyed to be selected. My wonderful Lloyd (Ever So Lightly) and myself will get to wear the England flag. It is times like these, that you take a look back over the years and to all the people and animals that have helped you along the way.After many years of ups, but an awful lot of downs, I am delighted that with hard work and my determination to succeed it has finally paid off.  The years of blood, sweat and often so many tears have all been worth it. It is a great feeling that “you are never too old to have dreams and ambitions come true”.  I can only thank my wonderful mum for always being there no matter what, to my late grandparents “for always believing in me” my long suffering husband and family & friends who are always there to support me. I  am very grateful for Blue Chip’s wonderful sponsorship to help me reach my goals and for their nutritional balancers that keep my horses in tip-top condition. Most importantly I am thankful to all the wonderful horses that I have been lucky enough to share my life with and of whom without, I would not be the person or rider that I am today.I did not come from a horsey background and in my early years grew up in the city, in a council house with my single mum. I loved horses ever since I can remember and after lots of pleading (and endless washing up!) I finally got to have my first riding lesson at the age of 12. My passion for horses grew and grew and I spent every opportunity trying to learn as much as I could, often from books and from helping at the local stables and dreaming of owning my own horse one day. My mum was terrified of horses, but eventually with the help of my step-dad, I had my first horse on loan at the age of 15, a 4 year old Pure Bred Arab!. I have never had the money to buy expensive ready-made horses, all the horses I have had often came to me with problems, that with time, patience and understanding, became my top horses.My mum is now my right hand man; she overcame her fears to learn to ride at the age of 40 and her passion for horses has grown & grown over the years. She will always be seen at the stables or shows helping to groom, calm both mine or my daughters nerves before competitions and is chief cook. She has picked me up and brushed me off so many times, when things seemed hopeless and without her I could not do the things I do in my hectic daily life.”  Karen JoynsonWe wish you all the best for October Karen!

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  • August: “Well August has been a busy month for Team Joynson. We had a good day at the Beaufort Hunt Show, with Lloyd coming 3rd out of 19 in the ridden Hunters and April Coming 1st in the Open Working Hunters. She then went in to get a 2nd & 3rd in the two ridden coloured classes.  Lloyd & I then went to the British Dressage Pet Plan Area Festival, where we just missed out on a top placing out of a class of 27.  The best news though has to be being selected by British Dressage to ride on the England Team at the Home International in October. On Saturday I went to meet the rest of the England Team and do some team test, Lloyd excelled himself with a fab 72.24%. The rest of the month will be lots of training.”  Karen Joynson

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  • “All good this end – currently at Arena UK for the Home International. This months update; Well what a month this has been. I have been going for the British Dressage Selection process, to ride on the England Team. I was amazed to go to the long list, then the short list and then I was selected. I was totally over the moon. The first major competition is the Home International 3rd to 5th October.  The month has been busy training for the big event. I met the rest of the England team at Stretcholt EC, which was great with a test riding session & then a rider psychology session. I am still pinching myself as can’t believe I am riding for my country.  We have arrived safely and I have just done my first warm up class with my lovely Lloydy. We will have the vet inspection trot up later then the England Team dinner. We will then find out our times for the big competition this weekend. I will keep you all posted.”  Karen Joynson

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