Charlotte Jeffes Eventing

Charlotte Jeffes Eventing

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Build up to Badders

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Follow in my Build Up to the Mitsubitshi Motor Cup BE90 Final at Badminton Horse Trials in May. I will post about my 5yo horse humphrey and what training we are doing leading up to the big day. Training exercises to try and home and competition tips i have picked up along the way.

By charlottejeffes, Oct 31 2017 08:53AM

Yesterday I had a lesson with Becky Woolven Eventing. I always love to have a lesson as you can get stuck in a rut when you are working at home on your own with no eyes on the ground. However as I don't have loads of spare money I don't have lessons as often as I'd like to. I think it's important to get the most out of every lesson. I find that sometimes you work on so many different things that it is difficult to remember everything you have worked on a few days later. I have decided that after every lesson I am going to write down everything we have practiced. I can then break down the exercises in my future sessions to make them manageable concentrating on one exercise at a time.




Yesterday was my first jumping lesson with Becky on Humphrey. It is very useful as the last couple of weeks whilst i was pregnant Becky rode Humphrey twice to keep him ticking over. This means she has a feeling for how he goes and can understand any problems I am having better.


I first explained a couple of issues that I struggled with when jumping:


1. Humphrey tends to get a little gobby and is a bit rude when i take a half halt approaching a fence.

2. Humphrey can occasionally lurch into a fence and then land on his nose/on the forehand after a fence pulling me off balance and pitching me forward.


Just in case anyone else is struggling with the above issues this is what we worked on:


1. Approaching a fence without pulling Humphrey around with the inside rein but instead controlling the shoulder with the outside rein and almost neck reining him off the fence. This means that Humphrey remains straight and I do not lose the forwardness or straightness.


2. Halting in a straight line after a jump. Sitting up straight after a fence, sitting up and wrapping my legs around up into a straight halt before reaching the fence. This really, really helped with the fighting into a fence and he knew he was going to be asked to stop straight after the fence and so was listening and being much more polite


3. Finally we tried to work on jumping Humphrey with a slightly longer rein so that Humphrey has a bit more freedom to use his neck naturally when jumping. This means he can balance himself better and it means I don’t get pulled forward on landing.


I was dead chuffed with how Humphrey went yesterday and we have been left with lots to work on. All the exercises really did seem to help so we will be practicing these over the coming weeks.



By charlottejeffes, Oct 31 2017 08:18AM

On Saturday morning we decided to take a road trip to Wickstead Horseplay a facility the other side of Swindon with SJ and XC on a surface including a water jump. If anyone is interested this is their website: http://www.wicksteadhorseplay.co.uk/


I like to try and take my horses out as much as possible to keep their work varied. I hate the thought of them getting bored of doing work constantly in the area. I try and include a couple of hacks around the farm, at least one day off and an outing somewhere interesting into a week.



If Humphrey has a weakness then it would have to be water jumps. He just needs a bit more familiarisation with them as he tends to leap in in a slight exuberant manor. So this was the perfect opportunity to do a bit of work on this. The water when we turned up was an alarming shade of green which made this even more of a test as Humphrey was convinced there were crocodiles lurking underneath the surface. After a few seconds persuasion we leapt in. I want to try and encourage him to walk/trot and canter through without the huge leap that pulls you off balance as a rider. Once id been through once, I then walked back and forward until he stopped jumping in. I then progressed to trotting and the cantering. The aim of the exercise is to make water boring and as if nothing is there coming through it straight and in the same rhythm. He did a much better job so I was very pleased. Perhaps in the next few weeks i will arrange another visit to consolidate.


By charlottejeffes, Oct 24 2017 01:32PM

So today is the first day that i am posting on my new blog. I am hoping to do regular posts on my training with my horse Humphrey in the lead up to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton in May. I will tell you what I am working on each session to try and make sure we are 'match ready'


Today we have worked on a new exercise to help work on balance and rythmn whilst jumping small jumps on a circle:


The Set-up:


Please see diagram below. On two 20metre circles set up four jumps (or poles if you want to simplify the exercise to start with) the centre jump will be used on both circles, so 7 jumps in total making up a figure of eight. My arena is 25m x 50m so this leaves a little bit of room to ride around the outside. I found on my big horse that this is quite a tricky exercise so i built the exercise up slowly.


Start with poles or very small jumps so that if you make a mistake you arent going to upset your horse then we gradually build up the level of difficultly aiming to jump all four jumps on the circle. To increase difficulty further you can then raise the height of the jumps.


1. Start by approaching the centre pole in canter from each rein. wait until your horse has settled and is doing a nice job.


2. Now we can include the two jumps at A end and C end of the arena. effectively riding a figure of eight.


3. Once you feel you have mastered this then we can attempt to include all four jumps on a circle at one end of the arena then changing rein over the centre pole and attmpting the other end of the arena on the opposite rein. If you start to struggle then you can do as many as you can manage and then go large to regain your rythmn and balance before attempting again.


For an example of Humphrey attempting this please visit Charlotte Jeffes Eventing Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/charlottejeffeseventing/


It would be great to hear if you have tried this and how it went. Feel free to leave your comments....


By charlottejeffes, Oct 23 2017 11:50AM

I decided that I really needed to save up an invest in a special youngster, so with a little bit of help from my mum we bought a very well-bred 3yo dutch warmblood. I saw his advert on facebook and absolutely fell in love with him even though he was slightly over my budget. We went to see him and he was an absolute maniac, kicking out on the lunge and galloping around like a lunatic- perhaps not the most sensible choice, but he had so much ability. We went to look at several other youngsters in the next couple of weeks but no others stood out like Humphrey. The owners had said that it was very out of character for him so we decided to go and see him again. This time he behaved a lot better so we decided to take a risk. Since then I have backed and produced Humphrey and he has been an absolute angel the whole way through. I have done #HumphreyUpdates on my Charlotte Jeffes Eventing Facebook page following his riding career. This year, now a 5yo has been his first season out British Eventing and I was all geared up at aiming to compete in the 5yo classes only to find out I was pregnant. I carried on and entered my first few events at 90 level and he was fab so carried on eventing until the beginning on June when I was 6 months pregnant. We completed 4 BE90’s and 2 BE100’s all easy double clears. Humphrey even won at Moreton Morrell BE90 qualifying us for a Grassroots regional final. I thought we would never make our regional final and the baby was due at the beginning of September so I was gutted. Humphrey was so well behaved that I continued to ride him up until the day before I was induced, making sure we practiced lots on our dressage. By this point I was determined to get back riding in time to catch the last regional final of the season. Three weeks after giving birth I managed to get out to Calmsden BE90 a practice run where we finished in 3rd with yet another double clear. Our regional final at Bovington was last weekend. We travelled 2 ½ hours with baby Isabelle and the team of my fiancée Matt and my Mum and Dad (Grandma and Grandad). I can’t quite believe it but we qualified for the Grassroots Mitsubishi motors cup at Badminton in May


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