Update from Rachael Claridge

Morning all, I thought I would drop you a line to update you on what’s been happening with our herd.  Thankfully we are now back riding after the snow but as I type this email it is pouring with rain outside so I guess I’ll have to dig out the wet weather gear instead of the snow boots today!  Adam has been busy planning routes for his Scout Group as they are entering the Ten Torrs event this year with two teams after one successfully navigated Dartmoor last year from Frampton Cotterell Explorer Scouts Group.  I have been planning routes for my training closer to home but the aim is that hopefully some of the routes Adam walks around the Cotswolds I can later explore on the horses if he finds good safe hills to climb.  I travelled to Kent on 29/30th January for the next stage of my UKCC Level 3 coaching course, and our next session is 17/18th May to allow us to work with our volunteer riders and start their season off.  I have been approached by numerous of the EGB groups to deliver training sessions this spring and dates will be published shortly on my website.  My stallion Silver Zenif has had interest from an Arabian performance horse stud in the Netherlands, so I am currently working with West Kingston Stud to prepare him for international AI export as well as UK domestic use.  His first Anglo foal is due in June which is very exciting.  Zenif has also been invited to attend the Crabbet Horse Convention in July after his BEF futurity grading as a youngster, so we need to find out what is required and continue to practice ahead of the stallion parade during the two day festival.  I also need to re-back Zen this spring after time off to grow into himself, plus the weddings that happened last year!  Maarhabi and I continue to plan our FEI 120km year. He is looking very well after the winter and we just need to now increase our riding hours ahead of the season.  Meliodas has now been booked on the Kings Leaze Riding Club Camp at Stoner with Leah Tuck, the teenager who helps me, in April.  It is great that an ex-FEI endurance horse can turn his hand to alternative things as he gets older!  I am off to meet the Pony Club this week ahead of their annual conference. I have found photos of my sister and I competing in our youth and will run through my 15 minute presentation on 6th March and re-confirm my understanding of their endurance rules so that I can then assist with promoting their events in the future.


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