Our newest addition to the riding school
Previously Kira has been a show jumper competing at many different venues
She is a well schooled mare on the flat and over a fence.
She is a pleasure to ride and is another favourite among our more advanced riders.
Before coming to us here at Seechem she competed in county level showing having many successes at this
She is well schooled and loves to jump and is a favourite among our more advanced riders
Sunday 29th March saw the final round of the Sachem winter Dressage Series and the crowning of our Champions. Results had been fairly close all winter and the nfinal day was no exception. Although entries were modest, competition was fierce, with a small range of marks covering each of the classes.
Due to their placings on the day, the overall placings for the championship were as follows:
1st Chris Styles on Beryl
2nd Jackie Edginnton on Bracken
1st Julia Jones on Alibi
2nd Hilary Moses on Friday Feeling
Only four points separated Chris and Jackie and only five points separated Julia and Hilary, so it was an exciting finish to the series.
Thank you to everyone who supported us through the winter, both Seechem clients and our many friends from neighbouring yards. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to welcoming you back for the 2015/2016 Dressage series starting in autumn. ( In the meantime look out for events in our summer programme, both advertised on the website and on our facebook site).
Thanks to all who helped things run smoothly and to Joan Willetts who provided the furry toy prizes for some added Easter Fun! And Julia, we loved the photo you sent of yours, proudly holding his championship rosette! For those who have not seen it chck it out on the Sachem Facebook page.
I am indebted to Jane Colley for the information about this final day, as I missed it. My much heralded return to the competition saddle had to be put on hold, due to me succumbing to a stomach bug on Saturday! Rest assured I will be back.
Thursday 2nd April – Pony Club Day, 10am to 4pm – open to Seechem Pony Club members.
Friday 3rd April – Clear round jumping, starting 11am, height of fences can be adjusted to suit. Open to everybody.
Monday 6th April – Hack in company, Seechem clients only, not suitable for younger children.
Sunday 12th April – Carriage driving demonstration, suitable for adults and children, riders and non riders. Open to everybody but please book in advance for this session.
To book your place please call on 0121 445 2333 or talk to a member of staff when you are next riding.
Dates for the next clear round jumping sessions are:
Sunday 15th of March 2015 and Friday (Good Friday) 3rd of Aril.
£10.00 for as many rounds as you like; Start at 11am, height of fences can be adjusted to suit. If you do not like fillers try and come as close to 11am as possible, from around mid day we will introduce fillers to make the course a bit more challenging.
On May the 26th a group of our regular riders came for a Fun Day at Seechem Equestrian Centre.
The day started well with a “Best turned out” competition where appearance of horse and rider are judged. After a short presentation of correct grooming techniques the competitors were given one hour to prepare their horses for judging. Regular rider Abbey Cox was paired with Maisy, a very pretty pony who had been very busy overnight in the mud!! Much scrubbing and washing later and Abbey had Maisy looking great. May Glynn spent a long time grooming Della and plaiting her beautiful long mane, she looked fantastic. And Anna Robinson groomed our grey mare Bliss until she gleamed, earning her a well deserved first place in this section.
After a short refreshment break we moved on to the next competition – The Le Trec obstacle course. The course consists of a series of obstacles all meant to simulate various scenarios a rider will be faced with when out hacking and tests rider control to the limit. Each obstacle was scored, with 5 being the maximum score per obstacle. Our riders attempted a simulated gate, which proved very tricky for all of them; steering their horses through a narrow S bend of poles which was a bit easier; collecting and dropping a ball; dismount and remounting on the right side ( which is actually the wrong side) proved a little trickier for all; as did the rein back in an L shape ( particularly for the larger horses), Honor Penn and Shadow were the only pair to score a full five points for this section. A small cross pole jump was next on the course and every pair dealt with this very well. The final obstacle on the course was a halt over a pole for 5 seconds. There was also a Control of Paces phase (COP) as part of the Le Trec experience, where competitors are required to maintain a set pace between two obstacles and it was great to see so many able to complete this section so competently. The overall winner of the Le Trec phase was Elisabeth Nelson riding Tom.
The final competition of the day was “Mounted Games” where competitors teamed up into two teams of four, team Neigh and team ROS (Riders of Seechem). Games included trot races, canter down and walk back race, leading and even some jumping races. A lot of fun and excitement was had and in the end team Neigh narrowly won with a score of 4 wins to ROS’ 3 wins. Rosettes were awarded before everybody went home tired but very happy.
Well done to everybody who took part. Look out on the website or the noticeboard to find out what events are planned next.
Peta is a very experienced horsewoman; she is a Fellow of the British Horse Society (BHS) which is the highest qualification awarded by the Society and also a BHS Chief Examiner, an NVQ assessor, and a Side Saddle Association instructor and judge.
She passed the Show Jumping Specialist Fellowship Exam, and has competed show jumping from novice level to Grade A level, including qualifying horses for and being placed at the Horse of the Year Show. As well as having considerable experience at all levels of show jumping she has “Three Day Evented” to International level and competed at medium level dressage. She has produced and ridden top show horses, at the Royal International (RIHS) and at the Horse of the Year show (HOYS), winning at RIHS and being placed at HOYS.
Peta has been National Side Saddle Rider of the Year on four occasions and and has also trained many National Champions both junior and senior.
She has hunted, played low level polo, trained Point to Point and Endurance horses and has been successful showing leading rein ponies at top level.
Peta teaches all levels of pupils, from very novice to top level competition riders. At Seechem Equestrian Centre she teaches ‘astrid’ lessons of all standards. She can also teach side saddle lessons and she has side saddles available for use on peoples own horses and Seechem’s lovely school horse Bliss also carries a side saddle and is available for lessons.
Peta is based in Evesham, Worcestershire, but travels extensively in the UK. You can find more information on Peta on her website: www.petaroberts.co.uk