IN GREAT COMPANY behind door 3 in LONGINES Advent Calendar!
Photo from a beautiful event with Longines and their Ambassador of Elegance Simon Baker.
WHOPPA! ANOTHER beautiful day competing! Today we went to Belmoredean with Caroline Crowther’s superstar Glasker Sweetclover, aka ‘Shane’. Shane is a 9yo eventer that I’m schooling a few times a week, and even if he wasn’t born to perform the pure dancing I LOVE his enthusiasm! I usually ride to music and every time I push the play button you can feel him starting to bubble and say let’s gooo. Ah, you know I’m such a fan for their enthusiasm <3. Anyway, Shane tried his genuine heart out today as well. In the first test he didn’t put a foot wrong and ended just under 70% with a win! In the second test we were lacking a bit of energy but that eventer’s will power sailed us through to a great end there as well!
As always both horse and myself competes dressed in Equestrian Stockholm & jacket from Horse Pilot.
SUCH A BEAUTIFUL gala at the Cartier Racing Awards in the Dorchester London last night!
As you know I’m into the training of race horses at all, but I truly appreciate the art and sport of developing horses to their potential at top level whatever the talent. A true pleasure to watch some of the best horses in the world and meet the people behind them.
Thank you so much to Cartier for the invitation and for supporting the equine industry to stay at a level of top quality for every being involved!
WE’VE JUST had a fabulous day in the November sun shooting Equestrian Stockholm’s AW17 refill collection at Spring Hill Dressage! Super people, horses and clothes. If you haven’t checked out the ES eco lines already, do it here!
Behind the scene photo of Bailey and me rocking ES ‘Golden Brass’.
AUTUMN IS ALL about organising life after the drifty summer, preparing for the winter to become as easy as possible (as you may know the senetive me is not a fan of the chilly weather), and I always tend to organise my barn in the autumn by giving every single piece in it it’s own space. I get new hooks, hanger, baskets and bowls to make sure we don’t have to go look for something missing. I go vintage stores and markets for the baskets and containers. I rather go vintage then glossy style for my barn. It’s our home and it should feel like it! Hooks and hangers, for bridles, salt licks, cross ties and rugs, you’ll find at Harry Hall.
It’s like we all, both humans and horses, find more peace when the barn is all clean and organised (plus I always have music on and like to do things in a flow:) so it helps if things are in place or it will kill my momentum!)
Hugely grateful to call this my barn, my home and my work space <3
Post in collaboration with Harry Hall.
AS YOU KNOW, I’m a energetically very sensitive little being. I’m incredibly strong in most ways. But if my own mind, body, soul is not i great balance I loose that strength. I might be more sensitive to unbalance then what’s common, but it is as it is. I need to hold great energy every day to both perform with the horses but also have energy to take care of my clients and business. For me it’s therefore really important I plan time to take care of myself. I go on a regular basis to yoga (Yard Yoga in Forest Row is the place to be. Better yoga then I ever found my years in both New York and London!). I go for my sports massage, acupuncture, chiropractor, reiki healing and life & career guidence. & what all those super people that helps me says in common, is that it’s incredibly important WHAT food I eat. Not only that I eat a lot of fuel to keep riding well into the late afternoon, but also that the fuel I eat is as potent as possible. More potent then what’s common. So, I don’t eat gluten or dairy (except for raw milk <3) & I buy my food at the local farm shop, all organic. Most people think it gets more expensive to eat all organic, but you know what:) organic food has so much more fibres and nutrients that you don’t have to eat as much! & that’s true. I eat most veggies, organic meat a few times a week, oat bars on the go, I always have lemon water with me, and I start every morning with this super boosting smoothie bowl:
If I’m feeling luxury I top it up with some cashew nut butter, berries, coconut or sunflower seeds, and whoppaa I’m good to ride 5 horses until next meal!
AUTUMN HAS arrived in UK, & with that it’s time for the cozy rug season. Here are some autumn prep reminders to make sure the cold wind doesn’t take energy away from you!
Thank you so much to Harry Hall for prepping my boys for the autumn so we’re ready to rock n’ roll even in the wind!
Photo of Bailey ready for our training with Rafael Soto.
YESTERDAY I had the huge privilege to ride at the Spanish Olympic legend Rafael Soto‘s clinic here in England. This year I brought our new baby Bailey, owned by the Bloque Family, 5 years old and by Bretton Woods.
Simplicity is one of the hardest things to create, but ahh Rafael is a master on the topic! Bailey turns 6 next year which means I now need to prep him for more collected work and changes. We used the lateral work, and maaany translations between the shoulder ins, traver and half passes, to engage his hind legs and prepare for the more collected job. Bailey just took it all in a stride and danced his super dancer bum off! Such a pleasure to ride. Much proud of his first outing.
Video to come on instagram! @linneaaarflot
Huge thank you to Caroline Edgeley for this opportunity, to Samantha Bloquet for the trust with Bailey, & to Equestrian Stockholm for dressing us very smart!
MEET MY NEW friend, Missy Snowdrop! Snowdrop is a 8yo mare owned by Caroline Crowther and I’m super excited to add her on my list of horses. Looking much forward to get to know this very funny character better!
Last weekend I flew to Sweden. Always happy to see them swedes! & here’s a few points from then:
EVERY transition counts. Even the downward transition before you’re done to give the long reins. About 100 transitions in a 40 mins session is just about normal, and still, every single little transition counts!
Remember to give and retake the reins. Don’t give so long that the young horse loose balance. But do it quick and often enough that the horse gets the opportunity to balance himself that second you give.
If you have to use a whip, make sure you get the right reaction. The horse should not fear it, but neither be dull to it. It should only be used to get a quicker, cleaner response to the leg and seat aid and should never be used as a substitute for either.
Every test, from prelim to GP, starts with the center line and then turning. Practice those center lines at home to teach and reinforce straightness, and you’ll for sure upper your first impression when you go out.
AND last but not least, I’m nominated best equine blog 2017! Please please send The Equestrian your vote here: https://s.surveyplanet.com/SySrs0gpZ
WHAT A WEEK! So then it was time for my eventing horses Millpark Comme T (aka Dennis) & Glasker Sweet Clover (aka Shane) to enter the dance arena at Hickstead. Millpark did his first ever British Dressage, and won! Both his classes! Special boy Sweet Clover did the mediums, and came home with one 2nd and one Win too! On over 72%! I’m incredibly happy with them both. They are both eventing horses competing against ballerinas, but their urge to please and work, combined with top care by owner Caroline Crowther and great groom Sophie Dawson they just perform to the best of their abilities, and that’s just everything to me. Ah, makes me so proud!
As always lots of love to Equestrian Stockholm for dressing us so smart ❥
Now the UK ponies will have a few quiet days as I’m coming for you Sweden! Ses snart Stockholm.