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March 2014

Well it seems at last that spring may well be on it's way...  Heather & Lindsey have been shaking their bones in the tractor whilst harrowing and rolling the fields, all that's needed now is some sunshine and a drop of rain to make the green stuff grow.

The new viewing/tea room is complete inside and ready for use, just waiting for  a lick of paint on the outside.  It is always open for people to shelter and grab a cuppa whilst watching the action in the arenas, we have even had some shiatsu treatments carried out in there so it really is proving to be a hub of activity!  The first aid kit can also be found in there as well as a notice board for adverts/forthcoming dates.

Talking of dates, we have a couple of busy months ahead.  The clinics with Tammy Ruffles are proving to be very popular, the next one is on Sunday 22nd March and Nic has secured these future dates - 25th April, 17th May, 28th June and 26th July.  The Cowpasture Dressage series kicks off on 12th April and further shows are planned for 24th May, 21st June, 19th July, 23rd August and 20th September.  We are also planning to hold some more clear round jumping and training days, so there is plenty for everyone!

Deben Riding Club also have some events planned here including a jumping clinic on Tues 31st March and dressage clinics with Elli Darling on 4th April and 10th May.

From 1st April, the price of DIY Livery will be increasing to £150 per month, this price will include all worm counts and wormers.

Please remember that there is excellent hacking available to us through the Orwell Riding Tracks, see Ann Price or Steph Scott for details.

After a pre Christmas break and plenty of homework, the horses that Heather rides for Ann Skeet & Frank Stennett are now up and running having been jumping at Addington Manor recently with plenty of clear rounds in the bag.  Next on the cards will be a few day shows then another stay away show to really get things rolling.  After Skinny's retirement early last year there has been a gap on the team which we hope has been filled by Roger!  He is a 4 year old by Caretino, he's been backed and turned away to mature as he is very tall and will need a bit of time but we are really looking forward to charting his progress in the future.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone in the sunshine, long may it continue..!


12th November 2014

Phew, it's been busy here at SE headquarters!  The Tammy Ruffles clinic held on 12th Oct was full and everyone enjoyed their session, the next one is this Sunday 16th Nov, again all the slots are full but we are hoping to negotiate to hold some more through the winter months.  Annie from Allen & Page visited with the weighbridge, we reckon about 20 horses stepped on the scales, along with the dogs!  We hope you all gained some valuable info from this opportunity and will be arranging for Annie to return in the spring.

The next event was the charity dressage and cake sale in aid of French's Care Haven.  Unfortunately the clear round jumping had to be abandoned as the heavens opened on the night before but we still had a successful day with £250 being raised, a fabulous effort from all involved and big thanks also.

Future dates for your diary:  Monthly vet clinic will be held at the end of November, let us know if you'd like a slot.  21st December sees the annual Christmas barn party, Santa will be jetting in to spread some cheer (along with the mandatory mulled wine of course..!)  We are hoping to hold a showjumping day on Saturday 27th December, weather permitting but would like to include some fun classes too, watch this space.  The new arena is now riding extremely well so we are also planning to maybe hold a combined training competition in the new year, with both arenas being used, we have had a great response to events held so far and would love to continue through the winter months as long as the weather is kind!

Some of you may have noticed a cabin type building has appeared in the orchard, we are hoping to turn this into a gallery/viewing area for the arenas so the faithful spectators have somewhere to shelter from the elements.

The grass has kept growing and the fields are looking good.  After a successful period of worm counting, we will be worming all horses this Friday with a change of field on Sunday when they can go back out, all details are on the noticeboard.

Finally, the mahoosive bonfire was lit last Sunday, thank you to everyone who came and joined in.  The Guy competition showed some real talent and the look on the children's faces when they were told they could throw the chairs on the fire as well was priceless!  Emma kept us all fed and watered, seems the mulled cider was especially well received!

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6th October 2014

Well it seems that summer has left us, luckily the horses all had the first night back in their stables just in time.  We had a productive week before the weather hit, one of the highlights had to be Heather rowing an inflatable dinghy across the pond.  Don't think she'll be getting a call up for Rio...

We had a successful September with Deben Riding Club reinstating their show jumping show after a break of a couple of years, everyone had a fab time and it was brilliant to see the children coming away with some hefty silverware!  The following weekend saw the DRC dressage show which was well attended in all classes.  Cowpasture Dressage held the first of 2 dressage clinics with Tammy Ruffles.  The Deben RC dog show & BBQ proved popular, especially with Pip winning prettiest bitch...  

Dates for your diary ----  12th October, Tammy Ruffles Dressage clinic (this is full at the moment but let us know if you'd like to go on a waiting list)   17th October sees a visit from Annie of Allen & Page with the weighbridge, it is free for everyone to have their horses assessed and weighed, and have a chat about feeding issues.  19th October, Charity Dressage & Clear round jumping WITH CAKE STALL!!  All proceeds going to French's Care Haven www.frenchsequinerehabilitationcentre.co.uk       Don't forget there will also be the monthly vet clinic towards the end of Oct, let us know if you'd like a slot.

We have been busy clearing up around the ponds and building a mahoosive bonfire ready to have a bonfire party at a later date.  

September has also been tinged with sadness as we have had to say goodbye to some of our four legged chums at the farm, Carvin, Barney, Banna and Nell the dog.  No matter how long you've had animals, it never gets any easier when the time comes.

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September 2014

 Wow, where has the time gone??  Apologies for being so rubbish with our updates, the only feeble excuse is that we've been so busy having fun....  As ever, the grass here at Cowpasture is green and tasty for our equine chums who have been enjoying the long summer days and nights sampling it.  To be able to keep them happy long into the winter months, we ask for all horses to be stabled at night from October 1st.

The new arena was completed in the spring, the Softrack surface has bedded in well and is really good to ride on.  The rubber arena is still riding well, if you are lunging in there, please make sure to move your circle about so not to make a track.  The jumping field has had plenty of use and hopefully the weather will enable us to keep the jumps out for a few weeks longer.  We've held a couple of clear round nights which have been great fun and also very worthwhile for those taking part as Heather has been on hand to offer advice and tips resulting in some clear rounds and smiles!

The girls at Cowpasture Dressage have been busy running the monthly shows which are proving popular as well as encouraging everyone to have a go.  We have Tammy Ruffles coming to hold dressage clinics on Sunday 21st September and Sunday 12th October, get in touch if you'd like further details or to book a slot.  Deben Riding Club also have some events coming up here at Cowpasture with the Fun Dog Show & BBQ on Friday 19th September starting at 18.00hrs, Mini SJ show on Sunday 21st September and Dressage on 28th September.  All are open to non-members, details are available via their Facebook page and we also have membership forms in the barn if you'd like to join up.

We are very lucky to have some great hacking, thanks to Orwell Riding Tracks.  Steph & co work hard to keep the access to these rides from liaising with the farmers to clearing the tracks, it is well worth joining to be able to use them.

Don't forget we have a vet clinic at the end of each month with Ryder-Davies & Partners, the call out fee is waived so you just pay for whatever treatment is required, the next one will be the last week in September, please see us if you'd like a slot.  It's also time for Annie from Allen & Page to pay a visit with her weighbridge, she'll be here on October 17th so you can persuade your pony to hop on the scales and get some feeding advice as well.

Heather has been busy building up a new team of jumping horses, Skinny took a slightly early retirement in the spring and we realised we didn't really have a 'plan B' so after a quiet start, we now have 2 new young horses Ron & Jewels to join Ed (Hicksteadt AEG) on the road.  The new boys have both jumped well, they have great attitudes and are a pleasure to have about.  Ed has stepped up and is proving consistent and careful, parachute often required! 

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November 2013

Wasn't it a lovely summer?  I suppose we are lucky that the cold is only just now upon us but it's still a little shock to the system...  The fields still have plenty of grass covering but please remember it is still possible for horses to get laminitis at this time of year, especially after a frost.  The bedding multibuys are a good way of saving some money over the winter months, details are in the barn.

The dressage league has come to a close with the final show & presentation kindly supported by Allen & Page and Interfreight.  The overall winner for the seniors was Ann Owen and Bally with Jazz Paige taking the junior honours.  Most Improved rider awards went to Tabitha Handy (Junior under 10), Milly Buchanon (Junior over 10) and Steph Scott (Seniors).  A perfect end to a fab season of shows.  Massive thanks must go to Ann, Nic and everyone who gave up their time to help put them on.

We have been busy clearing leaves around the yard and arenas, lots of leaves, in fact it's unbe'leaf'able how many have fallen...!  Thanks to everyone who has helped.

Don't forget we have a monthly visit from Ryder-Davies & Partners to the yard for routine check ups, vaccinations and a chance to chat about anything that might be worrying you with your horse.  Call out fees are waived for these giving another chance to save some pennies.

Finally, we need to mention the C word.  Don't get excited, I mean Christmas.  The barn party will be taking place on Monday 23rd December in the evening with all customers & friends of Cowpasture very warmly welcomed.



May 2013

The dressage league is well under way, the second show was held on Saturday 11th May.  There is a series of shows planned through the summer with a league table.  Awards will be presented to the overall winners at the final show in September.  Points are awarded to horse/rider combinations according to the percentage scored in each test.

Results from 11/05/13 as follows:-

Class 1 (Intro A) - 1st Jasmine Paige - Baz, 2nd Tabitha Handy - Maggie, 3rd Finlay Foreman - Popcorn, 4th Milly Yardy Buchanon - Jade, 5th Milly Yardy Buchanon - Penny

Class 2 (Prelim 4) - Juniors 1st, Carrie Eve - Jade, 2nd Jasmine Paige - Baz, 3rd Eris Body - Lavender.             Seniors 1st, Sally Goodall - Cleo, 2nd Liz Booth - Rappa Star, 3rd Anne Owen - Bally

Class 3 (Prelim 13) - 1st Carrie Eve, Blossom, 2nd Steph Scott - Dealer Boy, 3rd Liz Booth - Rappa Star, 4th Anne Owen - Bally

On to other news.... The wind turbine is up and running, the horses were not at all bothered by it and are happily grazing whilst it spins away!  After a slightly frustrating 'spring', the grass is now growing like mad and the fields are finally dry enough to be able to get on and harrow/roll etc.  The next worm count is due on Tuesday 28th May, once the results are in, the horses will be able to stay out at night, but not be abandoned totally Laura.  We are hoping to get the jumps set up in the field down from the usual jumping field this year, keep an eye on the board and any help on the day is always appreciated!

Heather has been out and about to a few shows after recovering from an unscheduled illness at the beginning of the year.  Skinny (Dire Strait) has jumped really well in 1.30/1.40 classes gaining some valuable ranking points and was 4th in a strong 1.35m class in Le Touquet, France last week. Ann's new mare Geraldine is proving to be lovely and jumping some fantastic rounds, we are hoping she will be a real prospect.  Sadly, we said goodbye to Napardie and Larry recently, very sad days at Cowpasture :-( but Ryan assures us they are galloping about having fun in heaven.  Stewie has been kept busy though with a team of 5 year old horses jumping British Novice/Discovery classes as well as pinching the odd ride on Fleur (Atlanta Z) when Heather isn't looking!

The hacking around the area has been increased with the addition of a new track just off Candlet, thanks to Steph & the team at Orwell Riding Tracks.  Please see Steph if you need a map of the permissable rides in the area or to join the club.  Deben Riding Club are planning some junior rallies to be held at the farm during the summer, see Stewie or Abi if you would like any more details.


The monthly clinic held by Ryder-Davies & Partners is proving to be very useful for anything from vaccinations to injury treatments as well as a chance to chat with the vet and ask any questions that may need answering.  The next clinic is Thursday 23rd May so please let us know if you would like a slot.  Alex Gingell Has been over a few times to hold dressage sessions, his next clinic will also be on Thursday 23rd May, please contact either us or Alex direct if you are interested.  Thanks also to Annie from Allen & Page for coming over yesterday with the weighbridge, it's a great opportunity to monitor your horses weight as the weigh tapes do not always tell the truth!  And best of all it is totally free so thanks again Annie.  This sessions Fat Fighters were Skinny and Blossom, both losing an amazing 30kg, so they will be looking buff and hot on the beach this summer.

Very early stages yet, but with the help of our new livery Paul Thomas, we are planning to make a new ride/cross country section through the woods at the end of the farm (not the Grove...!)  which will be very exciting and lots of fun with maybe a few jumps, especially for Ann & Steph.



First news of 2013

The Nutrition evening last night (9th Jan) was a great success, we had plenty of support from our liveries and members from both Deben RC & Orwell Riding Tracks.  Annie Hughes from Allen & Page delivered an informative talk on winter feeding and gave the opportunity to have our horses weighed with about 12 horses stepping onto the scales.  It was interesting to use the weigh tape first and then finding out their actual weight which was often larger than the tape had predicted.  Everyone went away with a goody bag and some sound advice.

Alex Gingell from HackUp was also on hand to offer tailor made supplements catering for horses individual needs from soundness to stomachs, hormones to nerves.  It will be exciting to see how the horses benefit over the coming months.

Deben Riding Club & Orwell Riding Tracks set up stands showing what they have to offer and both reported new members enrolling on the night, we look forward to events being held throughout the year.  Please make the most of your clubs whether it be hacking, competing, training or socialising, they have plenty for everyone.

After chatting on the night, we hope to hold some evening dressage clinincs with Alex Gingell.  We are looking to make up 3 groups of 2 riders for each clinic, please let us know either by phone/email or on Facebook if you are interseted and we can organise some dates.

Last news of 2012

As most of you know, we sadly lost Barley the dog a couple of months ago but would like to welcome the newest member of the Cowpasture gang...Pip the puppy!  She will be coming up to the farm more in the New Year and can't wait to meet everyone, please keep an eye out for her as she hasn't quite worked out what to do around horses yet!

It has rained.  Quite a lot.  The arena has held up really well and thank you all for observing when it needs to be closed to allow the water to drain.  There are still the odd culprits leaving droppings for others to clear up though...

The barn party was a great night and we enjoyed having Stephen Foster bring Hank the pony and his trap to give rides to children of all ages!  Santa took up residence in the grotto again, big thanks to him for fitting us into his busy schedule.

The base for the wind turbine has been fitted, we now have to wait for the concrete to cure and the rest will go up in January.  We don't anticipate any problems with the horses, however, we will keep them in for a day or two whilst this work is completed.  Heather went to view a turbine prior to getting one and witnessed a horse using it as a scratching post!

We still have plans to make a gallery for the school, we just need a suitable & reliable builder to do the footings so if you know of anyone, give us a shout!

We are holding an evening of Equine Nutrition on Wednesday 9th January 2013.  Allen & Page will be bringing their weighbridge and Alex Gingell of HackUp will be on site with his bespoke supplement range.  We have also invited Deben Riding Club & Orwell Riding Tracks to come along, both these clubs have loads to offer and 2012 has seen them struggling to put events on due to a lack of support.  We are hoping that by working together, we can boost morale and enthusiasm for our local organisations, there is a lot to be gained from being a member.  This is all free of charge and you can have an opportunity to have your horse weighed too.

Some of you may have read about the studies being carried out linking asymmetry of horses and saddle slip to lameness problems.  We had Line Greve from the Animal Health Trust attend back in November to use our horses as part of the study, she took measurements and videoed them in action both in hand and under saddle.  The study is ongoing and she will be coming back early in January, if anyone is interested in taking part, please let us know.

Our esteemed leader (Heather, that is) has had a few very important appointments of late.  She has become the President of the Deben Riding Club and was also voted onto the British Showjumping Members Council as rider representative for the East region.  So, if you need to know anything, she's your girl!

Finally, a very Happy New Year to everyone, 2012 has been a great year, lets hope 2013 carries on the same!




Dressage Results 11.11.12

The sun shone on Cowpasture today for our special Remembrance Day dressage show.  A big thankyou to Ann & Nic for organising, Lorraine & Carrie for scoring and running about, Ann Thomson for judging and the Cowpasture gang for helping to make the place look so smart.

The competitors and their mounts were all beautifully turned out, a very fitting tribute on Remembrance Sunday and the times for the tests were organised so we could observe the 2 minutes silence at 11am. 

Class 1 - Intro B  1st Ann Price on Blossom, 2nd Tabitha Handy on Maggie, 3rd Jo Errington on Scoobie, 4th Jazzy Paige on Bazill Brush, 5th Claire Gough on Ted

Class 2 - Prelim 4  1st Carrie Even on Blossom, 2nd Chloe Proctor on Albi, 3rd Hannah Colson on Dealer, 4th Meghan Foreman on Clayton, 5th Angela Tuck on Missy, 6th Anne Owen on Bally, 7th Jo Errington on Scoobie

Class 3 - Prelim 10  1st Helen Stewart on Pierre, 2nd Angela Tuck on Missy, 3rd Chloe Proctor on Albi, 4th Meghan Foreman on Clayton, =5th Stephanie Scott on Dealer & Anne Owen on Bally, 7th Jill Hillyard on Felix


The minutes from the 2011 British Showjumping AGM can be found via the link below:



Dressage results 20.10.12

The weather was kind and we had a great turnout for the dressage show.  Big thanks as always to Ann & Nic for organising along with our judge, writer and ground staff!

Class 1 - Intro A

Juniors - 1st Daisy Kiddy on Hilin Prince David, 2nd Ryan Frankland on Smuggler, 3rd Jake Kiddy on Minnow Dinky, 4th Finley Foreman on Popcorn

Seniors - 1st Sharon Wade on Harry, 2nd Jo Errington on Scoobie, 3rd Jill Hillyard on Felix, 4th Claire Gough on Ted, 5th Danielle Higgins on Parachute Not Inc

Class 2 - Prelim 7

Juniors - 1st Daisy Kiddy on Hilin Prince David, 2nd Meghan Foreman on Clayton

Seniors - 1st Helen Stewart on Pierre, 2nd Graham Maguire-Smith on Buffy, 3rd Sharon Wade on Harry, 4th Chloe Proctor on Albi, 5th Angela Tuck on Missy, 6th Danielle Higgins on Parachute Not Inc

Class 3 - Prelim 13

1st Chloe Proctor on Albi, 2nd Graham Maguire-Smith on Buffy, 3rd Meghan Foreman on Clayton, 4th Angela Tuck on Missy



October and the weather is variable to say the least..!

We seem to be experiencing all 4 seasons in one day here at the moment with rain, wind, sun, hail and fog all making appearances.  I'm glad to report that Heather is enjoying sunshine and temperatures of around 35 degrees in Morocco....  Skinny & Pabs have both jumped well and paid their way so far and hopefully Heather is coping with all the tacking up by herself!

We have dressage this coming Saturday (20 Oct) here at Cowpasture and Ann has reported bumper entries so we are looking forward to a good show and some smiley faces!

With winter fast approaching, please don't forget to keep your orders for deliveries coming in on a Tues & Fri, we have revised the feed price list and if there is anything you require that is not on there, please ask as we can look into supplying it for you.

There are a few places left for the Christmas meal & dance, this year we are going to the Orwell Hotel on Friday 14th December, see Steph for further details.  It always promises to be a good night and us pony people definitely bust the best moves on the dance floor!



Dressage results 09.09.12

Class 1 - Intro B.  1st Tabitha Handy on Maggie, 2nd Sharon Wade on Harry, 3rd Laura Burton on Millie

Class 2 - Prelim 10.  1st Chloe Proctor on Albi, 2nd Sally Goodall on Cleo, 3rd Jill Hillyard on Sean, 4th Carrie Eve on Skip, 5th Katie Foreman on Lady, 6th Issie Fleming on Caspar

Class 3 - Prelim 18.  1st Katie Foreman on Lady, 2nd Hannah Colson on Dealer, 3rd Sally Goodall on Theo, 4th FChloe Proctor on Albi, 5th Carrie Eve on Skip, 6th Laura Burton on Caspar

Well done to all taking part and thank you to Cathy for judging, also the helpers and Ann & Nic for organising, keep watching for the next date!

September 2012

The farm is looking good at the moment with plenty of grass growing.  As of 30th September, all horses will need to be stabled at night so please make the most of the last few weeks of 24/7 grazing. 

This is a good time to be thinking about their dietary requirements for the winter, Orwell Riding Tracks have teamed up with Allen & Page to hold a talk at Kembroke Hall on Thursday 27 September at 7pm.  The A&P nutrionists will be there to offer help with all things related to diet and feeding your horse.  We are also hoping to run one of these clinics at Cowpasture with a weighbridge as well, please let us know if you would be interested.

The worm counts are proving successful and also cost effective, with less than 5% of horses needing to be wormed.

The jumps have been put in a new field at the front of the farm this time and are available for all liveries to use.  However, please check before using them and make sure to report any breakages.

With the yard so busy, we would appreciate everyones help with keeping it a clean and safe environment.  Please take a little time to clear up after mucking out and keep the tack rooms tidy.



Fun in France and dressage at home

We have just returned home from another successful trip to Fontainebleau in France.  The boys all arrived feeling well after their journey, we were stabled with French and German companions this time and the language barrier was a little testing so we are definitely going to be seen reciting Rosetta Stone to ourselves in the near future, Stewie seems to think that being able to speak French will gain some valuable gossip whilst ear-wigging in the stands at these shows...

The weather was hot hot hot and having to queue for the trot up was not fun in the sun although Pablo had ideas of how to make it a little more, well... exciting by spinning above Stewie's head the entire time and showing the jury his airs above the ground!

The show was packed with having 2 and 4* classes as well as Ladies, Amateurs and Veterans.  Skinny jumped well in the 2* with a 10th place in a speed class, Pabs was unlucky on the first day with a fast 4 faults and came 5th in the Ladies the following day.

Meanwhile at home, the girls ran an evening dressage show which was well attended and good fun was had by all, results below;

Intro B - 1st Laura Burton on Jed, 2nd= Tabitha Handy on Maggie & Sophie Proctor on Kellan, 4th Claire Gough on Ted, 5th Issie Fleming on Caspar, 6th Courtney Lunn on Peanut

Prelim 1 - 1st Chloe Proctor on Albi, 2nd Abi Jacobs on Inca, 3rd Issie Fleming on Caspar, 4th Stephanie Scott on Dealer

Prelim 10 - 1st Abi Jacobs on Inca, 2nd Chloe Proctor on Albi, 3rd Stephanie Scott on Dealer, 4th Phillipa Proctor on Albi

The next dressage show is scheduled for Friday 20th July, details to follow



 Where did that last week go??

What a busy time we've had here at Cowpasture, we kicked off with our Jubilee Olympic celebrations on the bank holiday Monday.  The first running of the Hobby Horse Olympic One Day Event was an unprecedented success.  The competition was fierce with some seasoned combinations entered as well as relative newcomers to the sport.  Some hobby horses had to make their way round the gruelling cross country a couple of times but it was good to see the owners and riders making sure their mounts welfare was of first importance at all times...


Of course we could not expect to run this calibre of event without picking up a few injuries, it's tough at the pinnacle of this sport and we are sure that Stewie's bale dive and Liz's face plant off the pogo stick were just superficial...

Big thanks to all who made it possible with their help both before and on the day.  We would like to say that we were all up bright eyed and bushy tailed the next morning to have breakfast on the barbecue, however, to carry out the training as well would have been pushing it but we have this in hand for a future date.

Not one to disappoint, HRH managed to fit us into her busy weekend

After a very quiet Tuesday, we took all 3 boys to The Jays on Wednesday for a last jump round before Suffolk County.  The Amazing Eric took the honours in the 1.30m with yet another clear round!!!  Thursday saw us up very early to take Skinny to Suffolk where he jumped round for a creditable 4 faults in the 1.50 speed derby and came out of the ring feeling very pleased with himself.

Mixing with the best in the world

Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse and although our class was halfway through on the Friday morning, the organisers decided it was too risky to carry on with the show and pulled the plug, never mind as there is always next year...


Dressage at Cowpasture, Thursday 21st June starting 6pm

Intro B, Prelim 1 & Prelim 10

Entries to Ann Price by Monday 18th please.  £5 per class


Cowpasture Jubilee Olympic Celebrations 

 Cowpasture Jubilee Olympic Celebrations.doc

Hobby Horse ode.doc

May 2012

We are just back from our first trip abroad this year, very well timed as we heard the weather was not so good back here...  The sun shone in Fontainebleau, just south of Paris and we even managed a picnic lunch the day before the show started!

We took Skinny, Pablo & Eric for the 1* competition but unfortunately, Eric came down with a bout of travel sickness shortly after we arrived which was a real blow as he came off the lorry looking well but 20 minutes later he was in a bit of a muddle.  We stayed up with him through the night and he started to improve the next day but the decision was made not to present him for the vet check and allow him to rest and recover ready for the journey home.

Pablo was the first to jump on the Friday and had a rub on a pole in the jump off for 4 faults but we hoped this would set him up nicely for the rest of the show.  Skinny cruised round the GP qualifier in the Petit Parquet which is one of his favourite rings, ending up a creditable 3rd against stiff competition - the winner being Olivier Guillon.

Day 2 brought a little slower start from the riders as the wine had flowed the night before at the riders reception...  Pablo was 6th in the second GP qualifier and Skinny unfortunately lost a pedal in his round in the Grand Parquet (main ring) but we found it after a bit of searching and he had it put back on.

On the final day, Pablo scorched round on the sand to finish 3rd and win yet another bottle of wine.  Skinny had an unlucky fence down in the GP which was a shame as he had jumped really well but it was a case of mission accomplished with a feeling of 'we can still do this'!

We are happy to report that Eric travelled home well and hadn't lost much condition so will be back on the road soon.  Skinny & Pabs were glad to get in the field and have a good roll.  We are planning to do a few shows in the UK then will be heading back out to France in the summer holidays.

Thanks to the team back at home for keeping things ticking over.




An outbreak of strangles has been confirmed at Poplar Park, we do not have any cases on our yard and intend to keep it this way.  Please could all clients, sharers and visitors make yourselves aware of the preventative measures on display around the yard.

Thank you!



On a wet and wild Monday, it's time to sit down with a cup of tea and have a look at the results from yesterdays dressage...

Intro B - Junior - 1st Sophie Proctor on Kellan, 2nd Chloe Fulcher on Jake, 3rd Ryan Frankland on Smuggler

Intro B Senior - 1st Katie Foreman on Lady, 2nd Sophie King on Bella, 3rd Kelly Duncan on Herbie, 4th Issie Fleming on Caspar

Prelim 10 - 1st Sally Goodall on Theo, 2nd Hannah Colson on Blossom, 3rd Katie Foreman on Lady, 4th Issie Fleming on Caspar, 5th Ann Owen on Bally, 6th Kelly Duncan on Herbie

Prelim 12 - 1st Ann Owen on Bally, 2nd Laura Burton on Jed

Well done to everyone and thanks to all for putting the show on.



The news this week is.....

We are looking forward to seeing Lindsey back at work next Tuesday, hopefully the enforced break hasn't caused any long term damage!

Stewie is back on the firm and we are looking forward to getting the horses out to shows again very soon.

Everything is in motion for the dressage on Sunday, thank you to all who help to make this possible.  Please remember that funds raised from these events are put towards improvements for the school and the next project in the pipeline will be a viewing gallery and judges hut.

Unfortunately Barley the dog has been a bit unwell recently having suffered a suspected stroke.  Hopefully she is well on the way to recovery now but is still a little wobbly :(

The horses will be changing fields this weekend so keep an eye on the board for new destinations!  With the lovely weather, it will be a good chance to get on the fields and carry out those essential springtime jobs...

Please remember to keep the yards and tack areas tidy by emptying wheelbarrows completely on the muck trailer before storing them away neatly.

That was the news for this week, please tune in next week to see if Lindsey has recovered from her cabin fever and for the all important dressage results.





Friday Club will resume this week (17 Feb) after the enforced snow break.  Flatwork at 6pm and jumping at 7pm, all welcome!  The list is up in the barn and don't forget if you attend 4 sessions then the 5th one is FREE!!

It's operation clear up here as the last of the snow has finally melted, leaving a lot of water and mess...  The school is looking good, please don't forget to clear up after you have ridden in there.  Keep an eye out on the board for the state of the Bluebell track, Steph keeps this updated as to whether it can be ridden or not.

Heather's horses are back in work after a little break due to the weather, although they were a little miffed when a path was cleared through the snow to the walker which had also been cleared and gritted..!

Sunday morning 5th Feb, it's snow fun...



It's just a little bit cold......

Well, the cold weather has finally hit us after thinking we might have got away with it!  Please remember that todays spilt water is tomorrows ice patch so take extra care not to tip buckets out on the yards, we don't want anyone doing the Cowpasture version of Dancing on Ice..!

We have a dressage show planned for Sunday 19th Feb, classes are Intro B, Prelim 10 & Pick a Test (Prelim 12, Novice 20 or Novice 28)  Entry forms are in the barn and to be given to Ann Price.  If anyone is willing to help on the day either setting up/clearing away or scoring please let us know.

Friday Club sessions will be running as normal, we will keep you informed if we have to cancel due to adverse weather conditions. 

We have carried out another successful worm count, resulting in just a handful of horses needing treatment.  This is proving to be not only cost effective but also reducing unnecessary chemicals in the horses systems.

In the meantime, lets all be at the ready with heaters and hairdryers to keep the snow at bay!





Well, Christmas is done for another year, now onto the New Year celebrations!

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for the barn party last Friday, it was really good to see faces old and new.  Santa had a queue of eager children waiting to get into the grotto and share their wishes, Ryan the elf did a sterling job ushering them in and handing out sweets.  We don't like to leave people out so Santa even had some presents for the Mums, lets just say they were warned to open them once the children had gone to bed and I think Laura is still in shock after opening hers....!

The photo board was a real hit and thank you to everyone who shared their picture memories, we all looked so young and it was good to be able to see just how much the yard has changed over the years!

Friday Night Club will be meeting on Saturday 31st December, the list will be up on the board so be sure to add your name if you would like to join in.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone involved with Cowpasture for their custom, support and input during 2011 and here's to a fantastic 2012!


A quick reminder that in these icy conditions, please try to save and recycle water as much as possible and also pour any waste water down the drains instead of on yards, lets leave the ice skating to the experts..!

Keep checking back for updates, 2012 is looming and we hope it's going to be an exciting year for all of us!



Dressage Results from 26th November:

Class 1, Intro B - 1st Meghan Foreman on Clayton, 2nd Rachel Thompson on Smuggler, 3rd Issie Fleming on Caspar, 4th Millie Errington on Tangles, 5th Jess Mace on Will, 6th Madison Pearson on Poppet

Class 2, Prelim 1 - 1st Sally Goodall on Theo, 2nd Jess Mace on Will, 3rd Issie Fleming on Caspar, 4th Meghan Foreman on Clayton, 5th Chloe Fulcher on Iggy

Class 3, Prelim 7 - 1st Sarah Gilson on Maisy



**New to Stennett Equestrian -

Friday Night Club**

Group lessons with Helen Stewart BHS Int SM in relaxed and friendly atmosphere covering a whole range of subjects from riding a dressage test to polework and jumping skills.

An ideal opportunity to learn together and make friends at a great price.  Sessions 6 & 7pm every Friday under floodlights - All welcome!

Great new multi-buy offers on shavings and Bedsoft products to help save pennies over the winter months, details in barn or contact Heather.

We have carried out our first worm count with success and will be continuing to use this method as much as possible, hopefully this will avoid horses being over-wormed and save some unwanted costs.

We have welcomed some new liveries over the last few weeks, Debbie, Mel and Kirsty.  We hope you and your horses have settled in well to the Cowpasture way of life and continue to do so!

The Christmas party is booked for 16th December, kindly organised by Ann Price, we are looking forward to going back to the Brook for some great nosh and dancing on the tables (if the staff allow us...) in the typical christmas party style.  Anyone wanting some sense out of Heather or Stewie the next day...be warned!

We are once again holding a Christmas party for everyone in the barn on Friday 23rd December.  Last years party was really good with faces old and new joining us for mulled wine and festivities, we are hoping for more of the same this year, so make sure this date goes in your diary!

Results from the Dressage show held on 30th October

Class 1 - Intro A

Juniors - 1st Tabitha Handy on Cat, 2nd Ryan Frankland on Smuggler, 3rd Maddison Pearson on Poppet

Seniors - 1st Amy Nicholls on The Maverick, 2nd Sally Goodall on Theo, 3rd Chloe Proctor on Billy

Class 2 - Prelim 4

1st Rick Handy on Moooli, 2nd Chloe Proctor on Billy, 3rd Amy Nicholls on The Maverick, 4th Hannah Colson on Blossom, 5th Jazzy Paige on Poppet, 6th Anne Owen on Bally

Class 3 - Pick A Test

1st Steph Scott on Dealer Boy (Novice 29), 2nd Steph Scott on Dealer Boy (again), 3rd Anne Owen on Bally (Prelim 10)






21st of JULY 


Class 1 - Intro A

1st - Natalka Greenwood riding Ginge

2nd - Daisy Kiddy riding Poppy

3rd - Jess Mace riding Willow

Class 2 - Prelim 12

1st - Daisy Kiddy riding Poppy

2nd - Jo Errington riding Maisy

3rd - Ann Owen riding Bally

The A & P award for the most improved rider in the dressage over the 3 weeks went to Natalka Greenwood


Class1 - 65cms

1st - Rohan Brooks riding Coco

2nd - Daisy Kiddy riding Poppy

3rd - Maria Squirrel riding Banna

Class 2 - Cowpasture Derby

1st - Maria Squirrel riding Banna

2nd = Chloe Proctor riding Albi

2nd = Rohan Brooks riding Coco

The A & P award for the most improved rider over the 3 weeks went to Maria Squirrel


Our thanks to everybody who came and enjoyed the shows and especially those who gave up their time to help run them.

Thanks also to Allen & Page Feeds for the sponsorship of the most improved rider awards


2010  & 2011 have seen plenty of activity at Stennett Equestrian, with riders competing away from home as well as supporting events held here at Cowpasture Farm. Nic and Ann have continued running their successful dressage shows, including numerous fund-raising shows and events for charities including Cancer Research and Asthma UK - well done to them and all those who have supported. Together they have raised the funds to buy a watering system for the manege; it works well and will improve the going no end through the summer months, for everyone's benefit.

This summer has also seen the return of the evening shows. Stewie decided it was time for a comeback, raised a show committee and it was decided that three shows in July could be run, with something for everyone - dressage and show jumping running side by side. These shows are great fun and are a fantastic starting point for any horse or rider.

We plan a few clear round training days until the autumn so look out for dates.

The lorry park in the yard is finally finished and we have also improved the driftway through the middle of the farm, which should make turning out in the winter a much easier task. Hopefully a few less wellies will be lost to the mud!!

The stables have all been painted this summer, and ongoing running repairs continue as always. If you have any news or results which you would like us to post, please do let us know. 


 This year has seen Heather and John spending much more time in Europe with the 3 Grade 'A's, Pablo, Dire Strait and Baloubet Nice & Easy. It has been worthwhile too with good wins and placings in Spain, Portugal and France. Please look at Heather's results page for recent results.




Cowpasture Jubilee Olympic Celebrations
Incorporating the first running of the Hobby Horse Olympics
4th & 5th June 2012
Schedule of Events:
Monday 4th June – 2pm start
Hobby Horse Olympic One Day Event
Open to All, must have a hobby horse!
6pm – BBQ supper, drinks and camp fire
Everyone welcome to camp on the front field, pitch a tent/sleep in a lorry or under the stars if you prefer…!
Tuesday 5th June
Breakfast on the BBQ
Showjumping & Dressage training (on real horses!)
Free of charge for all who have taken part in the Hobby Horse ODE. 
Groups & times to be confirmed
Entry Fee for ODE - £10 to include BBQ supper & breakfast
(please bring your own drink) Under 10’s Free
Spectators welcome to camp & eat for a small donation


Cowpasture Jubilee Olympic Celebrations
Incorporating the first running of the Hobby Horse Olympics
4th & 5th June 2012
Schedule of Events:
Monday 4th June – 2pm start
Hobby Horse Olympic One Day Event
Open to All, must have a hobby horse!
6pm – BBQ supper, drinks and camp fire
Everyone welcome to camp on the front field, pitch a tent/sleep in a lorry or under the stars if you prefer…!
Tuesday 5th June
Breakfast on the BBQ
Showjumping & Dressage training (on real horses!)
Free of charge for all who have taken part in the Hobby Horse ODE. 
Groups & times to be confirmed
Entry Fee for ODE - £10 to include BBQ supper & breakfast
(please bring your own drink) Under 10’s Free
Spectators welcome to camp & eat for a small donation

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