Equestrian Gold Coast Club – 30.04.2017

After months of rain and a working roster that wouldn’t quit, I saw an opportunity to take my Freddy to a Dressage Competition. I had been training the Canter long enough and it was time to see if he could handle Preliminary Dressage.

And besides a trip interstate is always a good thing!

I decided to drive up the day before and camp out in my float, I figured this would settle Fred and I would wake up full of energy for the Sunday.


This was also a grand opportunity for me to use my Earlwood Equine Show Rug for the first time! He looks so handsome in it!

This was also the first time I had been away competing since my PTSD diagnosis in 2014, so I wanted to go. I wanted to challenge myself mentally and physically on this weekend away. 1493457654059

It was so cold in that float! Even though I had a camp bed and a sleeping bag there was an hour or so there where it was freezing! I was happy and positive though as I ate my dinner surrounded by hay.

I had made sure to pack a Fleece Rug and a Waterproof Winter Combo for my Freddy; but I had a single sleeping bag!


Any horse rider would know that is typical, the horses always get the best of things.  The next day I woke so excited and yet nervous at the same time.

Our draw times were Preparatory C at 07:51, Preliminary 1:2 at 08:26 and Preliminary 1:1 at 09:49.

I had my game face on at 7am as I mounted my trusty steed!

It was so cold still when IMG_0024we did our Prep C test, but it went well and Freddy tried so hard for me.

The Prelim 1:2 and 1:1 was a success. I was stoked!

My goals for this show were simple; get the correct canter lead in every test, every time.

We accomplished that and I was so proud of his efforts.  Freddy was patient when I was unbalanced at times, and he showed me nothing but respect the entire weekend. He was no trouble, didn’t fuss, never spooked and had my back throughout the whole weekend.

I felt he almost knew I needed him to support me; and he did.  I am truly blessed to have my Freddy as my equine partner in this journey.  

So… now to the scores. DSC_0254

We ended up coming 8th in the Preliminary 1:1 on a score of 59.32%, 9th in the Preliminary 1:2 on a score of 57.21% and 6th in the Preparatory C with a score of 58%. That meant we were taking home a gorgeous ribbon!  I was so proud of Freddy and me! 

We drove home, making it through the “Tick Gate” at the border unscathed and I just kept smiling. New goals now, more Dressage, more confidence building and more smiles.

It was truly a big step to even consider going and to be honest I wasn’t sure how I would go. I am so proud of myself that I did it and got through the weekend and I feel stronger from doing so!

The Gold Coast Equestrian Club was wonderful! The day  ran so smoothly and professionally and everyone was smiling. It made it such a lovely experience for us.

You can find the clubs Facebook page here if anyone would like to check it out.  

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling… Mel




Summerland Dressage Club – Twilight #2

Hey Everyone,

I am a Twilight Fan, even though the story has plot holes, but that is for another time. It’s funny how whenever I see the word “Twilight” I think of Vampires; talk about good marketing by Hollywood; but I digress… 🙂

The Twilight Series at Summerland Dressage Club is going swimmingly! Twilight #2 was cancelled to the 3rd March, but Twilight #3 (which is now #2) was on last weekend!

See video below for a full explanation.

I was super excited to get better scores this time and took some “super duper fly spray” to make sure that the horror flies would not effect us again.

Last time, just to remind you, we got a 60% for Preparatory A and a 60.90% for the9503B66A-EF6C-46AC-A5F7-3F181EEE3854 Preliminary 1:1.

This time out I wanted to be nearer to my usual scores and do so much better.

A pre-competition Helfie was again a thing 🙂

Loving my Earlwood Equine gear still and wear the Polo Shirt and Cap everywhere !

Moo did his first test, the Preliminary 1:3 and went super. I was really proud of him. I made a few mistakes with the downward transitions and the free walk, which I do believe cost us a fair few percent (grrr) and we ended up with 61.96% and equal 7th.

I will have to ride correctly next time! There was only 4% difference in the first seven placings so you need to bring your A-game. You can’t make mistakes and then expect to place, not in a field of 20 horses! So again, my errors and Moo was a superstar!

I also got to sport some new Peter Williams Riding Apparel competition wear. vest

The Ladies Blue Show Vest looked so so good. It is such a wonderfully tailored vest with a satin lining and beautiful regal style buttons. The stitching is of a top quality and it is such a pretty colour. I did get a fair few comments on it throughout the day.

I also wore the Classic White Satin Stock. I felt like a princess!

We then did the Preparatory E and I rode it the best I could. His figure 8 of circles at X was just lovely and he scored a 7.5 for the Serpentine.

He stumbled when I asked for the walk steps, mid change of rein when you come down from the trot, but that is not his fault, the grass was a little slippery and I should have rode it better!!!!

We managed to get a 66.32% and a fourth place! I was and still am extremely happy about this! We were only 3% off the winning score and I think we did the best test we could, and you can’t do better than your best!! 🙂

see Video below…

We had a wonderful day together and we look forward to the final part of the Twilight Series on 3rd March. This has been a bucket list item of mine to compete in this series and I will be able to tick it off and move onto the next item.

Here is our end of competition day video, which is becoming a thing also lol

I hope everyone is happy and smiling.

Mel x



Coffs Coast Jump Club

Hey Everyone,

Moo and I attended the Coffs Coast Jump Club on Saturday 10 February 2018.  This was our second time at this Club and we really had a fantastic time.



A pre-competition Helfie was necessary as always. 🙂

I had received a Saddle Pad and Ear Bonnet from Horzehoods Australia

I was pretty keen to use them.

See video below…


I lunged Moo for a few minutes, it’s not something I normally do, but I am trying to find the Warm-Up routine at competitions that seems to work for him. It went really well and by the time we had finished a light lunge of 5-10 minutes he was Walking, Trotting and Cantering on command. He was flicking his ear to me and really concentrating on me and when I mounted I had his full attention.

I think I will lunge at my Dressage Competition next week and see if it works as good as it did at the jump day.



We walked over and watched the action, dreaming of the day we jump 80cm. That is our goal; 80cm. I know it may not seem high, but I need to be able to jump a clear round at this height in order to complete a part of my Equestrian Australia Level One Coaching Certificate.


I thought also if I stay where Moo can see me perhaps he would settle more; and he did.

He kept looking at me and nudging me seeking comfort and I reassured him.


80cm seems a good height to me too, difficult enough that it is challenging, but also not too high where I may injury my Mooey. He has a splade hoof and his front leg is bowed from the knee, the last thing I would want to do is hurt him in anyway.

So we will stick to 80cm and see how we go 🙂


By the time I got on him he was ready to take the world on and so confident and not spooky. So these few things that I have done I will continue to do.



He warmed up over the fences well.

He was a bit excited about it all and put a few little bucks and ridiculous moments in.

I didn’t make a big deal of it. I simply sat it and let him have a “moment” and ensured that he stayed straight and came to a complete halt before continuing on to jump again.

I really feel that this training makes all the difference and allows them to not get so excited about when the next fence is coming, rather that he will be thinking we may stop, or halt, and will be calm and come back to me when asked.

We then had our first ever 50cm round!!

I am super impressed that he has completed three rounds of jumping in his whole life and we are jumping this height confidently. I make a few errors here and there and I need to be more definite in my requests and not second guess my stride. That will come in time, but I cannot say anything bad about my Moo. He is simply wonderful !!

He goes super well in the 60cm and I am so happy with it. He put an extra stride in on the orange and white oxer, after we found an awesome take off spot, but that’s okay. We just had a little miss-communication. It will all improve in the future and I am so happy with how he picks his little hooves up and keeps his ears pricked on the next fence. I smile.

I had the best day. See my after competition video below 🙂

A big thank you to HorzeHoods for my Saddle Pad and Ear Bonnet.

I love love love pink !!! Go to www.pwra.com.au to grab a bargain as they are both only $29.95 and come in a range of awesome colours.Saddle Pads - Horzehoods White DRESSAGE

I think moo may need a Lime set!!! 🙂

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x x





Summerland Dressage Club

Hey Everyone,

Here we go again 🙂

2018 has come upon us quickly.

Mr Potato Head and I attended The Twilight Series #1 on Saturday, 20th January.


I was fluffing around getting ready and Moo was like.. Staring at something, so I had a look and well… there were cows right near us.

Firstly I just want to know how half tonne cows seem to be able to get so close without me knowing? It is one of the big questions I think 🙂

I thought nothing of it and Moo was okay, so he continued Cow Staring while I continued my routine of getting ready.

I had arrived about 1pm and I was due to ride at 3pm so everything was awesome. I love to be early and be warmed up properly. I don’t like to rush around and Moo loves having some time to graze and just hang out.

We have come such a long way. Last year I couldn’t tie him to the float, he wouldn’t stand still. Nor could I saddle him without a bunch of swaying and carrying on,  so this picture has made me smile just looking at it.

May I also get you to take note of my outfit. How executive is it???!!! 🙂

Brand spanking new Peter Williams La Grange Breeches and Red and White Pinstripe long sleeve Show Shirt. These items are fabulous, they look fabulous, they feel fabulous…

Did I mention they are fabulous! I am so happy with them. I felt like a million bucks as I was mounting my trusty steed.  See Video Below.

We walked into the showground with all the buzz of horses warming up, cars and loud speakers and Moo was chilling on a loose rein, I thought this is going to be a great day! I was pumped.

Then something happened. Moo started to swish his tail and stamp his feet (very unlike Moo) and I noticed that the flies had come!!…

Now I’m not talking about the kind of flies that you may see somewhere when you are taking a walk. I’m talking about the kind of flies that draw blood, that movies are made about, the ones that keep you up at night. He kicked himself with his shoe and I thought for sure he had drawn blood, but I got lucky he only had a little scratch on his back leg and there was not a sign of blood.

We were in the Arena closest to the entry and Moo not being quite 100% desensitised to the Competition lifestyle, still looked when horses were entering the ground, startled if people came too close to the Arena or yelled and waived about test papers as they rode by.

Sure, there was some etiquette that could have avoided some of this and yes I am aware that sometimes people have zero manners. But it is “what happens” at a show and it effected our performance, but that is okay. I don’t do excuses, it is what it is and we did our best and I am proud of him.

He is doing remarkably well and now is not a time to be unhappy with a 60% score in our first test for the day! I am super proud for him to get an average of 6 with all of this going on.

There was a hour and a half break to the second test and it just got hotter and the flies got worse 😦

I had insect repellent and it simply didn’t work (full responsibility here). They just ate at his legs and he was not a happy camper at all…. He tried, but he just couldn’t concentrate.

He still did a better test than I could have hoped for under the conditions and got a solid 61% for the Preliminary 1:1. Very happy with both of these scores and we did pretty well compared to others and ended up middle field.

We were out of the ribbons on this occasion but we came nowhere near last in both tests and that is something I am super proud of.

Then it was time for a well deserved bath and some ice boots. Moo was happy again 🙂

I love this pic and I love my hippo. He is heaven sent.


So, next Twilight Series (#2) buy some “Fly kick butt” kind of fly spray and do exactly the same without the flies and we should hopefully improve on our scores.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

Happy Australia Day 2018

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to do a post to say how grateful I am to live in Australia and how fortunate I am to live in a country that supports all of us, no matter our race, creed or beliefs.

We have access to Doctors, Hospitals, Welfare and Charities, Vets for our beloved animals and enough food for everyone I know to eat. I know that others are not as fortunate and that keeps me grounded.

My hope is one day we can all live in peace and harmony and really appreciate and respect each other.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x


Show Jumping Clinic 13.08.2018

Hey Everyone,

Moo and I attended a Show Jumping clinic with Louise Light on Saturday. I had been looking forward to this all week!!

We also tried out our new HorzeHoods Saddle Pad!!

The Saddle Pad is perfect.

Not only does it look awesome (and it is PINK and I love the colour) it fit Moo perfectly and the stitching is top quality! The saddle pads come in a variety of colours and I am hopeful to add blue to Moo’s colour wheel in the coming months!

He warmed up well and then we moved onto some grid work. This is only Moo’s third time at looking at a Show Jumping course so I am super impressed at my Hippo and his progress.

Our Goal is to compete in May, at our first show jumping competition together!

I can hardly wait….

See the video’s below



Wherever you are in the world I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

Mondays with Moo & Mel – Part 2

Hi Everyone,

Moo and his training is going well. This video was just part of the warm-up, but I am starting on asking him to stay in a Rhythm and to not make me carry his head. It’s his head and he should carry it, not me.

Yes we still have quarters in. Sure my lower leg needs work; but let’s focus on the positives! My hands are awesome, my horse is willing and has an wonderful Canter that can only be transformed into Unicorn like stuff. I giggle when something goes wrong and I love life.

And anyway, this is not a place for me to post perfect video’s!!

Riding and identifying things you can improve on is how training works and it’s the only way to personal growth and smashing goals!

The little buck near the end was my fault, he makes me laugh. He has a way of correcting me too! Ah… I love him

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

Blogger – EqStyleTheory

I am so very excited to announce that I am now a Blogger for EqStyleTheory.


This has always been a dream of mine; to be an Equestrian Blogger and get valuable information out there to people that may be searching for answers. It is also a fabulous way for me to learn from my fellow Bloggers and from their posts. So it’s a win:win really isn’t it!! 🙂

As the saying goes (yes another quote!) “Knowledge is Power” and the more knowledge you have the better.

It benefits our Equine Partners more than anything else at the end of the day and that is the goal isn’t it!!!

Despite all the Ribbons/Trophies and awesome photographs we may get along the way, really the Number One goal should always remain for your horse to be as Physically and Emotionally healthy as they can be and that only comes with knowledge.

Please go check out this Website, follow us on Instagram and Facebook and let’s keep spreading the knowledge. My fellow Bloggers come from all walks of life and horse disciplines and they are teaching me new things already. 🙂

You will find detailed Bio’s on the about page on this site.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x


Float Repair

I love my float. I mean I love it. I didn’t own my own float until 2012 so I had a huge wait to get my own and I love it (I think I have said that 🙂 )

After 5 years though, he needs some repairs, so being the frugal soul that I am I decided to do some work to it myself. The arch ways have this silicone stuff that seems to be meant to cover the gap between the actual float and the wheel arch. They didn’t rust proof it before laying the silicone so the mould and rust started to push the silicone stuff out. This happened from about 3 months after I owned it so I wasn’t a happy camper considering I bought it brand new.



Anyway so I took all the old silicone out and I was thinking, this will go well.

I had been wanting to take the blue pinstripe off for a while too, so I thought… why not?


There was a bunch of other stickers on there from the manufacturer so I took those off.

I then took all the glue off with nail polish remover. Good thinking Rosey 🙂 and sanded the area’s back.


After about 4 hours it started to look good. I masked it up to put some 4 in 1 paint on it. It is a primer, undercoat and two other things that I am not sure of, but I assume they are required to make it all ready for a respray.







I have a few more updates to do ready for the Competition year and in 2019 the plan is to have a truck so watch this space…

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x