Build Up to Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup


by Lisa Mancuso

Flynn has been on a little holiday since the middle of November; we’ve just been doing a bit of hacking and having the odd schooling session at home. Then, I wasn’t very well over Christmas, so he had a very quiet couple of weeks. New Year came and went and I went back to work on the 4th January feeling much better, so it was time to get back to work with Flynn. And not soon enough, he had started to get a bit grouchy and was desperate to get out and about again!

So, work at home has started in earnest; we’ve had our first flatwork lesson of the year with Claire at Moats Way Equestrian, and have been out to do some SJ training with Ros at Fenning Farm. Flynn was definitely relieved to be out and about again, if somewhat overexcited, so Ros helped me to try and contain the excitement; we worked on holding him back with my core while maintaining elastic arms and elbows so I didn’t interfere with his jump – all worked very well, so we have plenty of homework! We also had a SJ lesson booked with Mia Palles-Clark at Milton College (a regular haunt), but Flynn decided he didn’t fancy that and threw a shoe that day, but that’s getting put back on today, ready for our next flatwork lesson with Claire this weekend, followed by a SJ lesson with Piggy French next weekend (that’s a story for another day!).

February is turning out to be a busy month! We are off to Somerford Park on the 11th Febraury for an Eventing Camp - this wasn’t in my original plan, but unbeknown to me, my Saddler put my name forward for a Sponsored place, and I was lucky enough to be one of the chosen ones - so we’re off for three days of training with Phoebe Buckley, Sally McCarthy and Daniel Scott which is going to be invaluable. We also get to meet Alex Hua Tian; he is coming to see us on the Friday so we can chat to him about all things Eventing, he is also going to be bringing one of his horses that has qualified for Rio 2016, so we’re going to be in for a treat!!!

12524061 10156458870960084 6644308791524775254 nFlynn and I are also part of the Cambridge & District Riding Club Team for the Winter Area Dressage at Keysoe on the 20th February, so there is that to look forward to, as well as a couple of Arena Eventing competitions in February too... it’s all ‘go’!

I am now a fully paid up BE member, and Flynn is fully registered too this year so we are able to enter the Mitsubishi Motors Cup; this also means we can do more than just 4 events, which is what we were restricted to last year competing on a day pass. The plan this year is to do one event each month, starting off with Oasby in March, and Norton Disney in April before Badminton in May, and then we shall see, but at the moment it’s looking like Little Downham in June and Buckminster Park in July, which will be a new one for us.

As we all know, the weather is so unpredictable at this time of year, so no doubt our plans will revolve around what it throws at us over the next few weeks! Here’s hoping everything goes to plan, and we can start getting out competing to give us some good experience in our preparation and run up to Badminton.


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