Isobel Riley, BSc (Hons), MSc, Cert ESMT, IAAT
I am here to help you and your horse navigate your way through the long and gruelling rehabilitation, strength & conditioning process and also aid in maintenance care and preventative treatment.
Offering services from sport and rehabilitation massage, therapy treatment using a wide range of products to strengthening and conditioning exercising.
Please get in touch if you need support or services as I would love to help you and your horse achieve your goals from return to competition, to having a happy sound healthy horse.
A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand.
September was a very long month of doing nothing! My shoulder injury was healing well and I started to do more with the horses.
On the 18th of September my older brother and his wife welcomed their tiny baby boy Magnus and I became an aunt!
Later in the month on the 25th of September I tried long reining Mac to see how my shoulder felt and luckily I felt amazing so Mac started his slow return back to work whilst Ace remains on his holiday.
Lastly on the 28th of September I tried to give Ace a full sport massage including mobilisations and stretches, fortunately my shoulder held up well and I am returning to work from the 3rd of October!
August had some of the highest highs and lowest lows.
On the 5th of August Ace and I headed to Swalcliffe for the BRC eventing championships. We were second to go in my arena and completed a respectable dressage test. I then had wait where I watched the show jumping and saw a few rails fall and nerves started to creep in. I couldn't be prouder of how well we jumped round the show jumping gaining a clear. Then it was time for our favourite part... the course walked really well with a few tricky lines but Ace ate them up to fly round in the time, with lots of laughing and smiles as we went round. Then came the long wait to see where I placed, the lowest I could drop was third and after a four hour wait, I found out that I had WON individually at the national championships and to top it off SWDRC WON as a team becoming National Champions with my first, two seconds and a fifth! It is the one BRC championship I've wanted to win and Ace made that dream come true!
However the following day I was hacking a client's horse who decided he didn't want to go home and dispatched me onto the by-way and less than 24h after my victory I was lying in hospital with a broken AC joint in my shoulder. This meant the season was over for me and Ace and his winter holiday started nearly two months early.
I am now almost fully healed and hoping to return to riding Mac soon and back to work.
So July has started well!
Mac is now the proud owner of his first saddle. I have been very lucky to have backed Mac in this saddle last year and again this year and was given the option to buy as it fits us both so incredibly well.
Bootcamp has started for myself and Ace in the lead up to the BRC Horse Trials Championships, so we are going to the gallops, out to dressage and show jumping shows and plenty of lessons to help us achieve our goals.
On the 7th of July, Ace and I attended evening dressage at Silver Leys, I felt I had warmed him up too long and he was a bit lacking in our test so I didn’t have high hopes, but it felt consistent and accurate. I was absolutely over the moon to have won with 71.85% finishing 4% higher than second place.
On the 17th of July I had the pleasure of competing Magnum for his owner where we finished 2nd in a tough section followed by his owner WINNING her class!!
The 25th of July saw Ace and I competing at Isleham BE 90 scoring a good dressage, an unlucky pole followed by storming round a tough and technical XC course to finish 9th.
After our last event in May we decided to go through some respiratory investigations to understand why Ace was coughing so violently. The vets ended up finding some bacteria in his lungs and determined he had a bacterial infection in his lungs. Due to this we decided to give Ace a few easy weeks to feel better.
In the meantime Mac was progressing so incredibly well and we started trotting under saddle and went for a little walk up to the farm. I may have been a little ambition to early on and decided to go out with a friend for a walk unfortunately Mac stood on something and hurt his already sore feet (had just been trimmed and was a little sore). Due to Mac being a baby he didn't know how to react so we did a full rodeo moment and I ended up on the floor next to him and although he was scared he stood and waited for me. As we walked back down to the yard he did the same again when he stepped on a branch so we don't think it was a ridden issue. We decided to take everything back to walk and leaning to ensure he hadn't knocked his limited confidence and luckily he was not affected at all. We are now back to walking under saddle but waiting for front shoes before we head off the yard again.
On the 11th of June I had the privilege to compete Magnum the lovely cob. We headed to our second dressage competition, this time competing in the Prelim 12. We did a lovely but slightly spooky test to get a great score of 69.44% and came 2nd!! His owner then rode the second test doing an absolutely amazing test to also place.
On the 26th of June Ace and I were back out eventing again! This time we were at the BRC Area 8 80cm Horse Trials Qualifiers at Poplar Park. I have many demons at Poplar so the aim was to complete all three phases and come home in my car. Well we were a little underprepared as I had looked at my test or practices so we scored a 31.5. My nerves got the better of me in the show jumping to have fence 4 down but I rode the second half of the course with more purpose. The cross country was causing carnage with 9 eliminations in my section plus others with refusals too. I was very luckily that Ace loves cross country and he took me round so confidently to finish clear and inside the time. We managed to finish 3rd and the team came 1st with my team mates finishing individually 1st and 2nd. We have qualified for the BRC Horse Trial Championships in August at Swalcliffe.
July is going to be bootcamp for both Ace and I to ensure we are fit and confident for the championships.
Mac turned 4 and got a saddle!! We have slowly started introducing the saddle and can't wait to see what the next few months hold for this special boy.
May has been a busy month for Ace and Myself.
On the 7th of May I faced my fears and headed back to Poplar Park after 7 years. I had a pretty bad accident there on a previous horse and decided it was time to go back and jump the fence I didn't get over in 2015! Ace was super and jumped everything although we kept it small for my nerves.
On the 14th of May we headed to the BRC Area 8 Show Jumping qualifiers, originally planning to do the style and the 90cm we opted for just the style as we wanted to keep him fighting fit for the next weekend. We jumped a lovely clear in the 85cm style jumping gaining a score of 78% and a team 1st and individual 2nd.
The weekend of the 21st and 22nd saw our first away show together. It was the BRC National Combined Championships at Aston-Le-Walls.
We had qualified for the combined training on the Saturday. We did a lovely test for 32.3 (the judge was marking highly across the board compared to the other arenas so we were happy with our mark). Followed by a lovely show jumping round to finish us individually 3rd and our team came 2nd!!
On Sunday we had qualified for the 80cm combined challenge, the course was causing a lot of problems in the 70cm and I was first up for my team... Luckily Ace flew round the course for a lovely double clear however we were a bit too speedy and ended up 13th/92 with only 17 double clear rounds. Our team managed to come 3rd overall out of 19 teams! A very successful weekend for us both. Ace was also weighed by the British Horse Society who classed him as perfect and weighing in at only 424kg!
On the 26th of May, I qualified as a Equine Sport and Rehabilitation Massage Therapist!! I have been working hard behind the scenes, taking exams, driving to Lincolnshire and undertaking case studies.
On the 28th of May, I sat on Mac for the first time in over a year! He was foot perfect and all the ground work and desensitisation work has paid off.
On the 29th of May, Ace and I headed to Shelford Manor BE90. We nearly withdrew during my dressage warm up as Ace was coughing so violently but decided to give the test a chance. He coughed throughout the test so we were over the moon with a 31. We decided after dressage to put his Nasal Flair Strips on and warm him up for show jumping but if he continued to cough we would go home. Well... we jumped probably our best show jumping round to date and he tried his absolute hardest for a clear. The cross country was a technical and up to height course which was causing a few problems. Ace flew round the course giving me an incredible ride for a clear just outside the time. We ended up coming 4th in our section!!! It was my first time at Shelford Manor and I would highly recommend it.
April started with a bang!
On the 2nd of April Ace went Show Jumping at Silver Leys were we did the 90cm and 100cm walking away with a 3rd and a 4th.
The 3rd of April saw Mac's first ever show! We went to Silver Leys and showed in-hand in the M&M class. He was an absolute angel and came away with a 5th!
On the 10th of April we headed to dressage at Sparrows Hill. I had the pleasure of riding a client's horse in the intro test which he WON with 71.3%!! I then had Ace entered in the Novice where we came 3rd.
Mac started long reining again since he was turned away last July. On our third time he walked all the way to the village!
Ace had a flare up of his Asthma but luckily quick action on both my behalf and our vet means we got it under control for our first BE only 10 days later!
On the 24th of April Ace headed to Horseheath for our first BE90 together and my first BE in five years! He did a nice dressage test, followed by a beautiful double clear to add just 0.4 time. Finishing in 7th out of 36!!
In March, things stepped up a bit! Mac was progressing really well with his groundwork and Ace was getting ready for his next round of competitions.
On the 12th of March Ace went XC schooling at Little Downham which he felt and went amazingly.
I started my seasonal job which is Foal Sitting at a local Veterinary hospital.
I had my one year anniversary of owning Mac on the 18th of March.
On the 20th of March we headed to Horseheath for the BRC Combined Challenge Qualifier where we competed in the 80cm with an individual 10th and a team 1st we qualified for the National Championships in May.
And to finish March off I broke not one but both of my pinky toes!!
Welton Spirit (Ace) and myself had our first outing of 2022. We headed to our local Riding Club's dressage show, with minimal preparation of one test run through, two rides in the arena and only one ride with the dressage saddle.
Our aim was to go out and have fun with very little pressure on ourselves.
Even with no preparation and Ace having a hectic day before the show (thanks to Storm Eunice) he still went out and came 3rd in a reasonably big class.
I can't wait to see what 2022 has in store for us!
2022 is well underway. I have many plans for both my business and my horses this year, with more qualifications lined up and already one national championship to look forward to.
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