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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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    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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    Leo's First Competition

    Last weekend, Leo braved his first ever unaffiliated dressage competition. It was the first time he had seen a full set of white boards, so I was a little unsure what to expect. I need not have worried - he was brilliant and took it all in his stride!

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    No Pain, No Gain

    Well I am just back from a very busy weekend at BYRDS Northern Camp with Leo, the baby dressage pony. We had lessons and dressage tests on both days, as well as workshops on test writing, balance assessments on the mechanical horse and a rider fitness circuit training session

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    Let's Meet Leo

    So, this week we took Leo to Darryl's for a lesson to continue developing his training, so I thought I should tell you a little more about him.

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    Pony Progress Squad Training Session

    This weekend was a busy one for Tiff and I as we were at our first Pony Progress Squad training session, it was great to meet up and spend time with everyone!

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    Pony Selectors and Area Festival

    I was lucky enough to be invited by the British Dressage Pony Selectors to attend their annual pony viewing day with both Tiff and Amigo. The following weekend Tiff and I had the Petplan Area Festival, where we were competing at Medium restricted level.

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    Ups and Downs at Sheepgate

    Well, it's been a very crazy and very wet few days at the British Under-25 Dressage Championships at Sheepgate. Tiff was super, I was so pleased with his performance.

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    A Place on the Podium

    I have just got back from the BYRDS Home International 2015. In case you are new to dressage, BYRDS is the division of British Dressage that provides training, camps and competitions for those of us under 25-years-old. 

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    Training with Darryl Thickett

    I took Tiff for a training session with Darryl Thickett, GB Pony Progress trainer in preparation for the forthcoming Home International. 

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    Introducing Olivia & Tiffin

    The focus for this session with my long-time trainer and mentor Hannah Esberger was to prepare for the BYRDS Inter-Regionals Rider Test. Dengie’s Jo and Lisa were there too, so I decided to get Tiffin weighed and his diet assessed as I was struggling to maintain his condition.

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