The Progress of a Young Leader

September 2019

We’ve really enjoyed the sunshine throughout August this year and have been very busy with the younger horses. Sadly though, both my top horses have been ruled out of any big events this summer due to injuries and little niggles. They are both very precious and require a little bit of time, which can be frustrating with it being mid-season, but that’s the risk in this sport!

It’s very hard watching from the side lines… something I thought I would really struggle with but since doing the programme, I’m able to focus my energy into setting goals and making myself believe that we will get back to that level soon.

I’m using this time to watch, learn and listen

This month I’ve really been trying to focus and plan for the future. It takes many years of training to get the horses to the high level they are, so we have taken in a couple of new faces on the yard who have begun their journey to the top. Excitingly, our Irish import last month continues to impress us which is getting us all excited for what his future might bring.

My young Living Leader, Grace, has had some wonderful results over the last couple of weeks. Winning with her new pony, who she’s has only had a couple of days, and then competing in The Grassroots Championship with her other pony Benny. We had a one on one session a couple of days before the event with Benny, he wasn’t the easiest but Grace did an amazing job of being unrattled and remaining fully focused. This clearly paid off because she lead the dressage on a fanatic score of 28. This was a really great moment for me. I was hugely proud of Grace, it’s so easy to feel the pressure when things aren’t going to plan, especially that close to a big event.

I’m looking forward to my last couple of events of the season with the younger horses, stepping up a level before they head on their winter holidays.

Indie Vaughan-Jones