Training Bursary Blog: Liv Nolan Part 4

This last month has been a highly educational and successful month. We have finally got back out to some shows and put Lockdown training into practice. Dengie’s range of feeds have been essential in supporting Cici’s increased workload, meaning she has plenty of sustained, but controllable energy and sufficient hydration in the warmer weather, as she loves her Dengie Alfa-Beet added to Alfa-A Oil and a balancer.

Our first show at Pyecombe resulted in Cici feeling raring to go after the long break, consequently leading to 3rd in the 90cm.

Next, we had our first Cross Country schooling session of the year at Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre, where we were joined by a friend from the pony club on her youngster. It was a very educational session and we focused on accuracy, rhythm and balance.

A few weeks later, another visit to Pyecombe this time for the 1m, where we returned to where we left off before Covid-19, Cici felt great and finished 10th in a huge class.

On to BS, where we attended our first BS show together and Cici exceeded all my expectations with a smooth, rhythmical round to win the British Novice.

So off to practise Cross Country, this time at Petworth Cross Country schooling course. Where thanks to some timely rain the going was perfect. This Pony Club session was taught by Laura Schroter who focused on balance of paces as we trained to cope with undulating terrain.

Finally we were back out doing what we love best, Eventing! Tweseldown had done an amazing job to accommodate so many entries and I felt very lucky to finally get a run. Despite, some initial excitement in the dressage warm up, Cici settled and produced a calm and accurate test for 32.8. Off to the showjumping, where our practice paid off to produce a smooth clear, and the cross country felt equally polished, finishing with a clear inside the time for 5th place… Well done Cici!

Our last update, comes from the BS area 46 championships at Felbridge Showground, where to my amazement we pulled off another win in the British Novice in a large field.

All of Cici wonderful achievements were topped off by the amazing news that I had been fortunate enough to win an online competition with local company Xtreme Equestrian, who are a family run business based in Coolham. The products I received were an excellent fit and super quality… I will definitely be buying from them soon. How lucky am I!