Friday 29th & Saturday 30th December 2017
Sandy will be offering a training course for riders in Etal over the Christmas break.
2 days of training – Friday and Saturday
Costs: £150 per person.
On Friday, late afternoon / evening – Sandy and Aidan will give a presentation on their 2017 World Championship experiences and an insight into their ‘latest adventures’! This will be included in the training course.
The presentation will be open to non-participants too at a cost of £10.
Mince pies and beverages will be on offer!
We look forward to giving Sandy the opportunity to share with you his growing depth of knowledge from Hólar.
More information or to reserve a place on the course – please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Icelandic Horse World Championships - Team GB: 8 team members, Team GB: 2 Young Riders, Team GB: 2 Team Carson boys!!
How proud are we?!?! 2017 was a historic World Championships for Great Britain - and to be a part of that team and a part of the history was amazing!
We could not be more proud of both Sandy and Aidan!
Sandy was taking part in his third, and last World Championships as a Young Rider before he progresses to senior competition.
Sandy had qualified and hoped to go to WK’17 with his new horse in Iceland, but sadly circumstances changed and he had to go to his reserve horse option, with just a few weeks to go to the start of the tournament! Sandy showed real horsemanship and professionalism – moving to Denmark to Charlotte Cook’s home with just 3 weeks to prepare and train with Charlotte’s mare Svava. We were all grateful to Charlotte to have Svava prepared and fit for Sandy to train and ride!
Sandy took part in V1 and T2 – finishing 17th in V1 in a strong YR field and 12th in T2 – achieving the highest placed GB rider in T2.
The team took many well received compliments about the high standard and professional riding of our young rider, Sandy.
Aidan was also a young rider on the team, representing GB at his first World Championships.
Aidan had qualified to represent the team in F1, PP1 and P2, but opted to only take part in pace events at the tournament, and to work on his F1 performance for the future.
Aidan with his horse ‘Jimmy’ went on to collect the first rosette for Team GB, gaining an impressive 5th position in the YR’s PP1. He then finished 7th in the YR’s P2 – riding his horse under 8 seconds!
Jimmy being a horse we watched being born, brought on and trained ourselves is a wonderful experience to see all that hard work come together for the performance he gave at World Championships.
Very, very proud moments for us as parents.
The standard of young riders at World Championships continues to grow and it great to see so many of them taking the stage amongst the best of any rider in the World. The YR’s gave some very impressive performances throughout the tournament – topping the leader board in many disciplines as well as the YR categories. Past YR World Champions progressing to continue their growth as senior riders was great to see too. The future looks bright for the Icelandic horse under these talented young riders across the world.
Hopefully more photos to come.....
....Here we come!!
We are delighted that both Sandy and Aidan have been selected to represent Great Britain in August at the World Championships for Icelandic Horses in The Netherlands.
As a family, we are so very proud of them both.
They are (we think) the first siblings to represent GB at the Championships!
What an amazing feeling it will be to see them both there riding - and Aidan will take a home bred / trained horse - just fabulous!
Congratulations boys! :)
Another extremely busy weekend (....ok, weeks and months before) at the British Championships for Team Carson!
We give thanks to all our friends who supported the weekend and helped make it a great tournament to be proud of.
Frank and I are very happy, proud parents (again) - it was a strange one to be away with only 2 of our kids, the oldest 2 - who looked after themselves (well Aidan did anyway!!)! And we are delighted that Aidan was a complete star! Sandy was too, working hard writing for judges most of the weekend as well as riding a 5 year old in her first competition and finishing joint 2nd in the T7.
Aidan came home with two 3rd places - one in PP1 and in F1 and he also became P2 champion with Jimmy!
What a great show from them!
Yvonne with her horse Magnus, also travelled down with us and came home as F2 champions! Really proud of Vonnie and wee Magnus - their first track competition together....can't wait to see them do it all again!
A few pictures from Sandy as he continues to work as a student at Austurkot in Iceland - he is very random in news!
The weather has been good - they are getting out to some riding club winter competitions - and he's still not very good at plaiting!!
Some things will never change! :)
On Saturday 15th October, we hosted in Etal, the first of four clinics dealing with some basic horsemanship for 16 riders in our ‘Hestamennska’ series.
The aim of the series of clinics was to deal with some basic horsemanship and take the participants through the process of working with horses, passing on our working and management procedures and generally cover some topics that always seem to come in to conversation with individuals, but working together as a group to discuss it. Everything discussed was of course our opinion and participants were free to take from it what they wanted!
We started the day by discussing horse behaviour and characteristics. Looking at it on a scale and discussing the different qualities of character. Making first impressions of horses and then being aware of how we have to adjust this judgement as we go along.
Management of the horse was discussed: weight, feeding, routine, care, leadership and trust. We then went on to look at basic in-hand skills and how important they are and how to apply everything we had previously discussed to these basic skills.
It was a light and informal day with good discussions and of course nice to come together and share our shared passion with others and catch up with friends.
We now look forward to progressing on to clinic two with this group and already some interest in us delivering more to others as part of our ‘Hestamennska’ programme!
Many thanks to those that attended and also to Nadene for providing some photos from the day.
Last week, Cory attended the FEIF Youth Cup in Exloo, The Netherlands. He was a member of a small team from GB, just 2 riders. He enjoyed all aspects of it - especially the training and competing against other kids from around the world. We were proud of his performances and at just 14, he took it all in! He even learned to knit!! ;) His team - "Green is the new Gold" also received the bronze medal in the tournament!
We were at our first outdoor competition this weekend. Cory and Aidan both rode in V3 and T7, Cory winning both with Herkules, Aidan and Magnus got 2nd in V3 and 5th in T7! Brilliant performance from them both! This was Cory's first competition riding Herkules and Magnus' first sport competition! Great job! Frank and Odinn (aka Jimmy) also rode T7, coming 3=, and 1st in the F2.