Tamsin updates Horse Answers Today on her winter riding achievements

Tamsin and Captain have been busy over the winter months achieving their riding gaols and having lots of fun. 
Hello to all  www.horseanswerstoday.com  readers, I'm back with my next instalment! 
Since Osberton last year I have been very busy, with plenty of Dressage, Show Jumping and some Jumping and Style (JAS) competitions. 

tamsin dressage Captain came back into work in November after 6 weeks off, and we spent most of the winter concentrating on his flat work, doing plenty of exercises to help him become stronger, straighter and use his whole body to produce a better trot. Our hard work paid off with a recent win in British Dressage Novice Restricted Class, pulling out our best percentage to date with 74.5%. 

Tamsin jumping 
Jumping was also included in our winter training and we travelled to Houghton Hall, a new BSJ venue in early December,  http://www.houghtonhallec.co.uk

Captain was excited to be out jumping again and produced two double clears and two wins!  I was totally thrilled to actually win some decent money and Captain's performance nearly paid for our day out (diesel and entry fees). 
Over the Christmas period we attended BSJ twice, this time jumping 1.10m classes, achieving two double clears and two more wins. I even won two bottles of magnum champagne, just in time for the New Year's Eve celebrations! 
In January we entered the British Eventing Jumping and Style (JAS) classes at Merrist Wood. JAS is a competition where you jump a course of showjumps followed by a course of XC type fences, and receive a style mark. It was great fun day out and excellent practice for us both in readiness for the eventing season. (You can find more details on the format of JAS and my clear round, by simply clicking on the link http://www.mdr-photo.co.uk/guest-blog-the-inside-track )
We entered the Novice 1.10m and Open 1.15m class's and were really pleased with our performances, we did better than I had expected at this level! A pole and few time faults in 1.10m achieving a 12th, place and a rider error in the Open gave us a 10th place and a qualifying place for the JAS Championships. 
February came with great news, I was asked to join Child?¬©ric as a support rider and write a monthly blog for their website. Child?¬©ric UK www.Childericuk.com are distributors for the Luc Child?¬©ric Saddles, Gemma Tattersall, Caroline Powell and Oliver Townend are just a few riders who use their saddles. I was recommended to try a Child?¬©ric Event (Jump) saddle last year and have never looked back, it fits Captain perfectly, doesn't move at all, gives me a more secure seat with much stronger leg position and also provides Captain with a wider range of movement and a better jump.  I love my jump saddle so much that I am now using a Childeric dressage saddle! 
tamsin and_captain
Until next time, Enjoy the sunny spring days with your riding companion www.horseanswerstoday.com 
Tamsin Drew 
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