Welcome to my first blog for Trickle Net! For the first one I thought it would be nice to tell you a little bit about myself and what I do.

So, my name is Carrie and I am the manager of White Hill Stud in Lancashire. I was really excited to learn that I had been chosen as the new sponsored event rider for Trickle Net as we use them regularly at the stud and it is a product I really believe in!

As part of my job I produce young dressage and event horses so over the coming months you can expect a lot of training and competition results as the current team progress up the levels.

My own horse is a 16.2hh, 5  year old KWPN called Hespo, but known as Herbie at home. I bought Herbie as a rising 3 year old colt, unbroken and pretty feral and I have produced him myself for eventing. He has been an absolute pleasure to do, has the best personality and is very talented, so I am really excited to see how far I can take him up the BE levels! As a 4 year old he did a few of the Burghley Young Event Horse classes with the first one, and only his second ever show,  being at Bramham International Horse Trials – no pressure!! He was an absolute superstar and was equal 10th out of 40 very classy horses – cue a very proud owner! He also completed 3 BE 4 year old classes, where he showed his true talent in the cross country as this was and still is his strongest phase. I don’t think I’ve ever sat on a horse that finds it so easy!

4yr old Herbie at Bramham BYEH 2016

This season, after being placed at Breckenbrough BE90 very early on it became apparent that he was more than ready to step up to BE100 so he has been competing at this level ever since, even being placed 5th at Llanymynech Horse Trials which is pretty impressive for a 5 year old! He has an exceptional xc record, with the only jumping  faults being at his very first event last season where I turned a circle, therefore crossing my tracks and incurring 20 penalties – other than that his record is 100%!

Our latest event was Stafford BE100 where unfortunately Herbie had a pretty good view of the SJ and XC so decided to get the dressage over as quickly as possible whilst trying to watch his fellow competitors do ‘the fun bit’– very naughty boy as this resulted in our worst ever mark! Then of course he went on to jump beautifully, cruising round the BE100 track like it was nothing which of course put a smile back on my face and left me in no doubt which phase I need to do more work on!

So the last few weeks have been about focusing on improving my dressage mark with the help of my fabulous trainer Silvia. I really enjoy working to improve this phase but the same can not be said for Herbie! His face is a picture of pure disgust when he sees her arrive at the yard and he spends the majority of the lessons pretending there are monsters in the corners of the arena. Luckily he does seem to take in what I learn though as there are definitely improvements being made!

Next events are Skipton BE100 and Llanymynech BE100 regional final – fingers crossed the dressage arenas are as far away from the jumping as possible!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to writing the next blog and telling you about some of the other horses I am lucky enough to ride!

Herbie at his first BE100 at Dalston Green May ’17

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