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I have for the past 6 years all ways had my lessons with the same instructor and she's great! Really gets my style of riding and my ponies and I wouldn't change her for the world!

However an Irish paralympian has returned from Belgium where he is located for the weekend and is giving lessons 10 minutes from my house. I already got one lesson, and it was really good. I came in and I was very stiff (I think I was nervous getting a lesson from such a successful figure) but we turned that around. We got loads of really nice moments and I am going again today! I have a show on sunday and we are going to run through my test.

He was really good as (like my other instructor) he works mainly off the leg, and I really understand what he's saying. So I am really excited to ride today not being nervous and seeing what we can really get out of Rhos and hopefully we will do a good test on sunday.

I know this probably seems like nothing to you all but I never in a million years thought that I would get a lesson with some one at such a high level. I will put a video of him riding below and mabey today my mum will take a video or a few pictures which I can post!

( its his seat that impressed us the most :) )
 

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oohhhhhh... Well jel...
Sounds fun :) What did you learn, and how long were the lessons?
I must admit Im hoping for a lesson with Haika. That would be fun.
 

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Such a lovely horse in the video :O

I'm excited to hear how the lesson went for you :)
 

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Lesson went WAY better today apparantly :) I couldn't get a video as the camera went dead unfortunatly but thats the way of things isn't it when you want them they aren't there :mad:

Rhos was messing around a bit on the right rein and while that didn't feel so good I am assured it looked fine. We weren't doing anything fancy just prelim level stuff but he did it really well. My mum said that when he was showing we all ways had Rhos going low and covering loads of ground even if that meant he was on his forehand, but today he was right in the centre perfectly balanced. His canter improved masses (before he was all ways breaking as he was unbalanced and on the forehand).

Shame I didn't get a video because I could have shown you a comparison from before and after. However he did say he was going to try and come back to Ireland every month which would be fantastic as he is cheaper than Heike but every bit as good (for me any way). If he did come over I would be able to get a monthly lesson and hopefully keep on improving :)

CandyCanes, if you want I can give you the number as he is cheaper than Heike, if you want to give him a go and then decide who is better for your style of riding and for your horse. I know you are just starting dressage too but he does all levels of dressage and helps with flatwork for jumping if you ever got interested in eventing again. He used to show jump before he had his leg amputated, and still wanted to jump but decide to give dressage a go first and he got hooked!
 

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I am SO happy right now!!!!

We went to our dressage show today. I was extremly nervous as I was competing against an international FEI pony rider and her mum in the prelim class. To make matters worse we got lost and only arrived 10 minutes before my test was scheduled. So I was completly panicking but Rhos was a superstar. He gave me a great ride (even though I made afew mistakes as a rider). I was so pleased with him and didn't care where we came but it just so happened that I won the class of 25! We scored 71.45%, which also ended up to be the overall highest score of the day across all classes!!

I am still in shock! Rhos is in for a spoiling!
 

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That's absolutely wonderful! Sounds like you two make a great pair, have any pictures from the show? Was it training level test?

I am really happy for you and Rhos :)
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Well done you - dressage is a really good next step for a show pony - and don't forget Charlotte Dujardin started her horse career in showing classes!!!
 

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big smiles here, for you and your horse! what a sense of accomplishment you must have.

that teacher does ride well. his balance is amazing, and his leg is so relaxed. maybe having two legs makes us want to grip more, and having only one takes away that possibility, so leaves us with ONLY balance as our way to stay on.
 

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Ninamebo yes I do have some pics I'll post them now but they are a bit blurry. I have a video but it is really bad and may take a while to load.

On other news I have been asked to train with the Irish Pony FEI team this weekend! Nothing may come of it because I am NOT at medium level but it is still really pleasing!!!!! Also my main instructor heard from the secreatary of my region in dressage that lots of people were talking about a student of hers on a lovely chestnut pony. She said we turned a few heads and that the majority of people went to silence during my test and watched! I think she was exagerating a lot though because it was really quiet all day any way and I didn't notice any one looking at all!

So Happy Day for me today. Still spell bound and in disbelief really because I am NOT nearly good enough for the team or to get that response at the show.
 

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I am so sorry for being so rude! Thank you for all the kind words also. I forgot to thank you before because of my excited shock but thats no excuse. So thank you anyway!
 

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Well I suppose if you think you aren't good enough then you'll work twice as hard to improve which will be a positive out of a negative!!
 

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Well... Were on the Squad!!! The development section meaning that we go to training and when we are at medium level we can compete with the team but not yet.

I won't be on a team in ponies because I am out of ponies on Jan 1st but maybe just maybe if I practice really hard with Rhos and then with my next horse I'll be on the Junior team/ Young riders.

So happy rider and spoilt horse!
 

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Well we are still looking as we have been for the last 2 years but finding the right one that we can afford is difficult as you can imagine! We have a few on a check list that we want to see but first we must sell frodo and Impy.
 

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We would love to go so much but unfortunatly we need to get money together, as my mum had an operation and could not do as many hacking lesssons as usual for the winter, I did weekends but we lost all our weekday riders for the winter, and we have 2 to sell.

Luckily though we have quite afew contacts in ENgland and in Ireland who are keeping an eye out for us too, but we are on DoneDeal, Horsequest, Horseradar, any for sale pages on face book everyday and horsegossip sometimes.
 
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