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Olivia Whitelaw

Olivia Whitelaw is an 13 year old dressage rider based in Nottinghamshire and is trained by Hannah Esberger and Darryl Thickett. 

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Riding Welsh Sec B / Anglo Arab Twylands Tiffin, Liv has had numerous successes already in 2015 - British Dressage Under 25 High Profile Show - Restricted Elementary Class Champion; Dressage Under 21 Spring Championships - 2nd place in Pony FEI Championship; British Dressage Northern Regional Championships - Reserve Champion at B Squad and Sheepgate Tack & Togs Medium Championship - 5th Place.  In 2014 she was BD BYRDS Inter-Regionals Fledgling Champion and BD Home International Fledgling Champion.

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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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    The Ups and Downs of Ponies!

    I hope you all had a really great Christmas and a Happy New Year. My Christmas break has been a bit like riding a roller coaster - some mega high points and a few very scary moments!

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    A Busy, Busy Week!

    Well, the week started with some training and lessons with Hannah Esberger. We were working on getting Tiff 'test-ready’ for this weekend’s Pony Progress Squad FEI Team Test run-through and Leo was working on his balance through transitions.

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    Pony Progress Squad Training

    I’ve just back from a very wet and windy weekend at Pony Progress Squad training with the lovely pony stallion Cyden Oostings Amigo. We had a run-through of our FEI Pony Team tests under the watchful eye of the GB selectors and our Pony Progress Squad trainer, Dan Sheriff.

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