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Harrington Lucky Lady 1108 or Broodmare into Badminton Eventer !

An illustrated story by Jenny Dawson
with additional pictures by Peter Dawson

Chapter 1 - 2009
So there I was in late May, finishing Uni; my old mare was looking forward to retirement and with all this spare time on my hands, Mum and I dreaded the prospect of ‘shopping’ for a new project. How about breaking in a CB mare mum said? My brain thought "No way"! There was no way we could cope with a youngster and have me up and riding by the end of summer, let alone finding one that would suit my Pony Club all rounder roots. Mum already had a home broken Cleveland from the Harrington Stud, Whizzy, ironically named. It suited mum down to the ground, a traditional Chapman Cleveland; but not my cup of tea!   Luckily Maggie Brown to the rescue! She had been looking to help Marygold Nixey to reduce her stock and had a well shown lovely leggy broodmare that needed a home.

  We attended a wonderful farm park ride in the Cotswolds, the South Oxfordshire Hunt ride, and several cubbing meets. The south Oxfordshire sponsored ride attracted lots people and was very enjoyable, if slightly damp. Lady’s forte was being calm, sensible, cross country jumping, and giving leads to a bunch of wibbly thoroughbreds past a heard of pigs! This winter we have been out six times with the Old Berks Hunt, even giving leads to nervous children and side winding point to pointers. We still haven’t found if we are better in front or behind, as Lady seems happy in either position, enjoying a jolly good gallop between! There have been some spectacular jumps, and some not so spectacular cold wintery hacks, but Lady has been keen and trustworthy throughout.

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On the Cotswolds farm park ride, showing an excitable Warmblood how to do it!

  We have been working with a local dressage trainer on improving my dressage and finer points of movement, with this I hope to compete more with the riding club with some small one day events and possibly some shows. We have had some trouble getting a balanced canter in the school, out hacking in long straight lines its fine, but 20m circles seem to evade us for the moment. With the better ground I hope to work on that in time for the 2011 Thame Show. Show jumping is not my personal favourite, and so has been rather neglected so far. Lady is keen to jump, but would rather it was a 4ft Hedge than a 2ft coloured pole with turns in between! This year has been so much fun and I can't wait to see what next year will bring!

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Boxing Day, 2010: Snow can be so much fun!

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