Charlotte, one of the UK’s most promising event riders is consistently placed on the international stage of eventing. Formerly based in Scotland she has relocated to Gloucester to enable her to develop her career as a three day event rider.
By the age of 25 she had produced three different horses to CC14* level, and has been recognised by the UK World Class Programme as a rider to support. It was therefore a real treat to watch her train, and meet her horses.
In the demonstration rides Charlotte rode Rocky and Sonny. This gave us the opportunity to see two horses with very different personalities at different stages of their training. The first Rocky, a stunning grey and a live wire to the extent you could sense the electricity coming from him; and second the newly arrived Sonny, who was one cool bay who seemed to take everything in his stride (including an audience and a projector screen).
It was a real privilege to watch Charlotte employ different strategies to create the right circumstances for each horse to flourish, be happy and relaxed in their job.
What was apparent throughout was the significance in the horse’s enjoyment of their work – a key element in the stages of their training. We watched a progressive exercise – at early stages it involved familiarising themselves with a barrel, to jumping it as a filler, to then develop to jump it as a skinny. What was paramount was that the job in hand had to be fun. Each horse ended its session pre-cool down on a high note and with a sense of achievement (important for building their confidence as they develop).
At whatever stage of riding or discipline, the audience all took something away to develop their own skills. A great way to spend a Sunday.
If you are interested in becoming a member of City Saddles please contact: CitySaddles@Mishcon.com. Varying our trips across the disciplines, our next trip will be to Tattersalls Horse Sales, Newmarket on 5 December 2018. City Saddles supports Spinal Research.