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… πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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!! πŸ™‚

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. Β This was our second time at this Club and we really had a fantastic time.



A pre-competition Helfie was necessary as always. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚


By the time I got on him he was ready to take the world on and so confident and not spooky.Β 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 πŸ™‚

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

I love love love pink !!! Go to 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!!! πŸ™‚

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x x