Philip’s blog: Looking past the snow to 2013

We chatted to WOW Saddles sponsored rider Philip Spivey to find out how the start of his year has gone so far…

I haven’t managed to do a lot because of the snow – much the same as a lot of other people out there – however we are lucky enough to have a small indoor school which we can lunge and loose jump in so despite not being able to ride I have built myself up a great team of equines suitable for vaulting and it has kept the freshness at bay!

Just before the snow came I spent the day with 3 horses at the British Evolution Squad Training with Comdt John Ledingham! This is all paid for by Lottery funding and British Showjumping and it was a great day.

The plan going forward is to do a couple of smaller shows then go to Bury Farm Elite Show at the beginning of February in preparation for a trip to Portugal shortly after for four weeks. Hopefully the weather will be better there than it is here!

This year we have some exciting prospects. Virginia 188 is an 8 year old mare who will be starting to jump Grand Prix classes and I also have a 10 year old horse from Spain called Pinto de Lusse who will be jumping Grand Prix classes too.

We have some fabulous youngsters, Smirnov is a 7 year old and I have high hopes for him in the Foxhunter and Age Classes, then I have two 5 year olds who have a lot of potential; Darya-I-Nur who won the 4 year old Hickstead Championships last year and Don Camillo S a stallion who will be aiming for the young horse classes.

Good luck over the next month Philip, we look forward to hearing how you get on!

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First Thought Equine manufactures original and innovative equine saddlery products, including Flair, the Air Flocking system, and WOW saddles. Our mission is to produce products that will improve and enhance equine performance. We have achieved this through testing, field trialing and prototyping over many years on all types of equines, in all disciplines.

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