The Road to Badminton Blog 2014- Season Prep

With the event season upon us, Wesko feels fit, healthy, happy and a little fat (he loves his food!).  Badminton comes early in the calendar so horses targeting the famous four star are well along in their preparations by now- Wesko is no exception.

As isn’t always the case, our competition schedule went to plan last year.  This had us culminating relatively early at Blair CCI three star at the end of August.  That meant that he was able to have a couple of months out in the field before the weather turned too nasty.  By mid November he was back into his usual box-by-night paddock-by-day routine and walking up the road.  Jonelle and I are both firm believers in the value of steady road work and its relation to horses’ general soundness.  With the absence of a walker at Mere Farm, hacking up the road coupled with turning the horses out for at least six hours a day has seen us pretty right on the soundness front.

 

Since the start of 2014 we have been jumping, schooling and building fitness.  Jonelle and I are very fortunate to have three horses between us on the New Zealand High Performance Squad, which means we receive brilliant support across all aspects of top level eventing.   The Kiwi team is a well bonded, slick-running machine that has a real hunger to dominate the sport, so watch out world!

Earlier in the month I was lucky enough to take Wesko to the International Eventing Forum at Hartpury as a demo rider.  We were under the watchful eye of legend show jump rider Capt. John Ledingham.  A great experience and a nice opportunity to have a pre-season jump with a bit of atmosphere and with all this rain, under the protection of Hartpurys great big roof!

Tim

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