The year has been very busy since our April post and here goes with an attempt to bring you up to date.
I think we must start¬†with our big news at the end of the dressage season in May which everyone did extremely well in. ¬†This is that Tanya and Seamus took the title of
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ‘Champion Club Elite Grand Prix’ of the LOT region.
WOW were we pleased! ¬† It certainly got the season off with a buzz.¬†Schooling became less intense through the summer but is up to speed again now and the new season started at the beginning of this month. ¬†This year Tanya¬†is competing on her new mount Atila who arrived in the first week of September – Gillian, Louise, Bev, David and June I’m sure will remember the excitement caused as he was unloaded onto the yard. ¬†At that time he hadn’t any dressage experience as he had been used for jousting displays so his first schooling sessions were rather exciting. ¬†However, Tanya’s instinct has proved right yet again and he very quickly settled down and in only his second ever dressage competition last week he rewarded her by winning a 4th place rosette.
We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing old friends again, some for the 6th and 7th time plus meeting lots of new ones many of whom, from both groups (old and new) ¬†have already booked to come back again next year. ¬†This year we have been truly multicultural with visitors from not only all parts of the UK¬†but ¬†Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Finland, Belgium, ¬†Peru, Brazil, USA and Hong Kong – never a dull moment here. ¬†One special booking has been made by Caroline and Malcolm who spent their honeymoon with us in 2011 and are coming back to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary – champagne will be on ice guys x.
The cross country course has proved very popular from both beginners having their first pop to the more experienced enjoying a full round and we intend to keep this going next year for afternoon sessions, ground conditions permitting.
The new rides¬†were very popular with everyone and the additions / variations to some of the older ones worked really well. ¬†This doesn’t mean that we will be resting on our laurels – Tanya is constantly looking at the map, drawing lines and shaking her head so I think that she and I will be out again early next year exploring. ¬†To see what we find you will have to come and stay.
Two new horses on the team this year were Lena and Traviata both of whom gave several of our guests a very good ride. ¬†Photos and details of these plus of course Atila will follow in the update of the Horses page of the site.
As many of you know, this year we changed a few things on the riding and meal schedule which was very popular. ¬†By the end of the season everyone said that it was good. ¬†So, to confirm for next year we will ride every day Sunday through Friday, lunch and dinner every day including Wednesday (the old day off) although Thursday after the huge lunch at Monique’s it will be a buffet supper which everyone found easier to cope with. ¬†Of course as it’s your holiday don’t forget that none of this is compulsory, it just means that once here everything is catered for and you don’t need to stir outside if you don’t want to.
Finally for now, a quick reminder about next year. ¬†We have been looking through the diary and some weeks are full already so if you don’t want to miss the dates that suit you best get in touch with us very soon. ¬†Don’t forget that if you book before the end of December you can fix your 2016 holiday at the 2015 price. ¬†We all look forward to welcoming you here to Laumi√®re next year.