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Olivia Whitelaw

Olivia Whitelaw is a young international dressage rider based in Nottinghamshire, trained by Darryl Thickitt and Andrew Fletcher, riding her own Dutch riding pony Brouwershaven's Viceroy (aka Leo).

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Olivia's 2017 highlights include being invited to represent Team GB in The CDIP competitions in both Dipenbeek, Belgium and at Hickstead in the U.K, as well as winning the Keysoe Premier League 2017 Pony FEI Class. 

Olivia's aims for 2018 include being invited to continue to gain International competition experience towards her ambitions to be in the short listed riders for the 2018 European Championships. In parallel to aim towards getting to the BD National Championships at Medium Gold.

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    A Crazy Month

    It's been such a crazy month here everyone, so much to tell you all. Firstly Leo and I had a simply brilliant week at the Sheepgate Under 25 British Dressage Championship where we made our 2016 objective come true!

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    Bury Farm Regionals

    We have just got back from the Bury Farm BD Regionals, we were in two huge silver classes both of which had 37 competitors! We arrived on Monday without having been able to do an arena walk, so as we entered the ring Leo had something of a panic at the podium.

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    Could Not Be Prouder

    Last weekend Leo and I went to Sheepgate to compete in his first full weekend of medium level dressage tests. It was a big ask, but what can I say apart from Leo was a superstar and I am so proud of him! 

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    Leo goes to BYRDS Inter-Regionals

    Leo and I competed at the BYRDS Inter-regionals in sunny North Yorkshire. These are rider tests that are marked somewhat differently to normal tests, as the marking is based on the rider not the dressage, however suffice to say in my experience there can be some rather quirky judging at times.

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    New Addition to the Team

    Sadly straight after my last blog, Leo started suffering with a virus and the vets advised to give him 3 weeks off work. The good news is he is now well again and back in full work. We also have a new addition to the team, Ronnie!

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    Lots of Transitions

    Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks and Leo and I have both been working hard training. From Leo’s perspective, we have spent the month really working on developing his collected canter. I am also in training. As a competitive rider, it’s important that I work on my own strength, core condition and fitness, otherwise I can affect Leo’s way of going.

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    Super Weekend at Sheepgate

    Leo and I are just back from a really great weekend at Sheepgate Equestrian. On a positive note, he's really starting to settle and relax at show environments – we still have way too much tightness and tension at times and curbing his enthusiasm is a constant balancing act, but we are slowly but surely improving in our consistency.

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    Phew... What a busy week!

    Well, it’s been a crazy week for Leo and me, packed full of competitions and BYRDS camp. I am so pleased with how settled Leo is now and many people commented on how he is mentally maturing - I feel so positive about our partnership for the years ahead. 

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    Sad Farewells and New Experiences

    Well it has been a completely crazy few days. Tiff and I went to Keysoe High Profile Show and did our last tests together, as you can imagine it was an emotional weekend and mum burst into tears as we did our final halt on the centre line! Suffice to say I was delighted with him!

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    A Rosette Or Two…

    Well, I am just back home from the Dressage Under-21’s UK Spring Championships – the first major competition of the year – and I am very proud of the boys as they did brilliantly and worked really hard.

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    Amigo’s Trip to the Regionals

    Well it's been a busy few weeks and all the boys are going great. The six-year-old pony stallion Cyden Oostings Amigo and I had an outing to the Regionals to do our Elementary Freestyle. With only a week to go, we had a real challenge as we realised the current music was not working with Amigo’s paces.

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    A Weekend of Two Halves!

    Well it's been a busy couple of weeks. Potter, Leo and I have been training hard with both Hannah and Darryl and we decided to enter a two day show at Keysoe in Bedfordshire for Leo to have his first affiliated outing. 

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