A week to reflect on the performance of each of the horses I competed during the first two weeks of competing in 2019! Time to review the videos with the rest of the team and discuss the areas of training that we need to focus on for each horse. Also time for the support team to visit:
Vet – Jerome Thevenot to clinically check each horse,…… forewarned is forearmed!.. The Showjumping horses of today are no different than human athletes and sports people, attention to detail is everything.
Farrier -Richard Pay to make sure that each “Cinderella” has new shoes to go to the ball for the next three weeks of jumping here in Spain. The quality and consistency of a top farrier is vital for soundness and performance.
Equine Physio - Sam Daplyn, Equine Performance Physio Ltd – also flew in to check them all over, like human athletes they get sore in their bodies, whether it be the young horses who are still developing core muscle strength or the older ones that need to be kept feeling good!
Did someone say this was a rest week!!!
However, I cannot complain as I managed to take a few days skiing, thank you team!… 5 hours drive from sunshine in Oliva, Valencia to snow in Sierra Nevada!
Great thinking and planning time and core strength fitness training!
I love the photo above…. Team work makes the dream work! … sharing words of wisdom with my
sister, Anna Wilks?!!?
Performance of the week had to be from the 9 year old gelding, Knockout Van’t Paradijs,
jumping his first 3* show, I couldn’t have been happier with him. He finished 4 th in the Friday Ranking class,
In the grand prix he jumped all the difficult fences with power and scope, skipping through the combination like a seasoned pro! If only I had stuck to plan A and gone eight strides to fence
three!... sack the rider! I am very excited about the months ahead with this talented horse.