It's been a super busy start to 2015 for dressage rider Daisy Jackson, one of Bespoke Bandages' Supported Riders. Here she tells us about the ups, downs, and more ups of the last few months, and how horses Tango and Blackberry have her excited for the future.
"Lots has been going on this last few months, starting with the graduation presentation for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) which I completed last year. I was presented my certificate by Nick Burton my mentor and coach who I worked with throughout the course. It is such a super qualification to have and has created more brilliant opportunities for me as well as developing my knowledge and experience within the sport and industry. I was fortunate enough to be picked for this course as 1 of 12 out of 80 applicants, of which only 4 of us were dressage riders. The presentations took place in front of the audience for the Eventing Forum at Hartpury College (pictured above). Now to prepare for my UKCC!
"I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to start taking Blackberry, Tracey Bywater’s beautiful mare, for training with Gareth Hughes. I was so excited as I knew Gareth would have lots of invaluable advice relating to mares and how to tailor your riding in order to get the best results with a girlie. The best quote to take from the lesson is very simple but proving true ‘‘with a mare you have to tell them they’re beautiful’’, meaning that mares particularly thrive on praise and reward and do not respond to being nagged!
"The day following my lesson with Gareth, I took our beautiful Blackberry out to our first ever party together to do the Elementary and Novice Open classes and had great fun. In the first test Berry was very tense and spooky in the indoor but I got her round and we came 3rd. By the second test she was much more relaxed and I had more of an idea of her reactions and was delighted to win the class on 71.61% especially as it was quite a big class!
"This past month has by far been the best month I’ve had for a very long time! Now training and competing harder than ever, the hard work put in by all of us at Team Jackson and the support team behind us is paying off massively. It is such a rewarding feeling."
"Blackberry has really starting to settle at competitions and tries her upmost to grab the judge’s attention as the little diva loves to show off! Despite a small mishap during our second lesson with Gareth Hughes where Berry decided to do her own thing with or without me on board, she has gone on to win both Novice Open classes entered with 70%+/71%+ and also come in the top 3 for the Elementary Open class with 66%+. The most exciting is a score sheet with 10 x 7.5’s and 6 x 8’s when I know there is so much more to come. I am so pleased with the rate that she is progressing and Gareth made it quite clear that the improvement is extremely noticeable already. At our last competition, Tracey came to watch and support us – I was a little nervous as I really aspire to do Berry justice; it made my month to hear Tracey say she was “over the moon” with us and is excited for our future together! I couldn’t be happier!
"Then it was Tango’s turn at showing off in front the judges as we took him to Kingston Maurward for the first time last month. Despite having not been out yet this season Tango behaved well and warmed up on good form . I did the Elementary Open as a warm up test which he won and he then went on to come 2nd in the Medium Open Qualifier with 70%+. This is a personal best at this level and I am especially excited as once again there is so much we can improve on to hopefully get the scores up higher.
"My last bit of news is that I have just attended my first trainee judge seminar with a view to becoming a listed judge. I am also now fully insured and will be taking on clients in my local area and offering my services for training clinics.
"I am so ecstatic with how everything is progressing and the results we are achieving which I know is also down to our wonderful support team around us who are doing an amazing job to help attain results to be proud of, not least of which is Bespoke Bandages who give us the ultimate professional look."
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