WOW Sponsored rider Philip Spivey tells us what has been going on in his latest blog…
“It has been a month of local shows, taking different lots of horses to get out competing and it has been very successful, I went to one show and won every class I jumped in! I am currently jumping at Addington, at their Spring Classic Show and so far so good.
Smirnov is jumping very well, we had an unlucky pole in the HOYS qualifier but have another chance this weekend! Cirocco is winning nearly every class he is entered in and all the horses are generally going well.
I took Virgina and Graffiti to a demo at Otley College earlier on this week and they were both very well behaved and gave me an easy job! The focus on the demo was fittening the show jumper and it was run in conjunction with Saracen Horse Feeds. We spent lots of time working on gymnastic work such as bounces which I call ‘horsey press ups’. To me show jumping is the middle distance training, you don’t need the same level of fitness that the event horses have as usually you only need to perform for 1 minute to 1 minute 3o seconds maximum. It depends on the age and level of the horse but we hack our horses around twice a week and then they get harder work 3 times. Now that the weather is a bit better they can also go out and enjoy the odd afternoon in the field too!”
WOW Saddles sponsored rider Philip Spivey is back from the Atlantic Tour in Portugal and gives us the lowdown on his trip!
“We had a mixed tour in Portugal. The younger horses jumped very well. The 5 year old, called Darya I Nur, was placed every weekend and then in the finals. The seven year old, Smirnov, was also very good and having been placed every weekend he was 9th in the 7 year old finals. I was very pleased with both of them!
The older horses also went well, Virginia 188 had a couple of placings but lost a shoe when we first got there so her tour got better as it went on. Zarina got better and better with some great placings but unfortunately Pinto du Lusse got colic the first weekend we were there so had to be shipped off to a clinic and then back to his owners (who happen to live in Spain) to recuperate. He is doing well now though and on the road to recovery so will be back soon. All in all I was pleased, apart from the poor sick horse, but particularly with the young horses as they learnt a lot.
Going forward we have some clinics and demonstrations coming up, including one at Houghton Hall where WOW are sponsoring the H Factor. The horses who went to Portugal are having a bit of a break and then we will start the next campaign mid April with Addington Manor for their Spring Classic Show, then on to Windsor, Herts County, Suffolk County and after that a trip to France!”
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.