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Sarah Lewis Show Jumping

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Getting Busier
Getting Busier

Askeaton and BE Khalissy are now fit enough to start working in the school so April has clipped them both and they are looking fantastic. It will be a little while until they are fit enough to start jumping, but they can certainly do some pole work very soon.

I have continued with getting to know Billy Arietta and working out exactly how best to make a real partnership with her. We had an excellent training session at Hascombe Equestrian. What a lovely arena, with a very good course of modern fences. I then jumped my first Foxhunter with her at Felbridge. She was a little bit green in the old ring, a new ring for her, but she is so brave and careful and added another clear round to her tally. She has had no difficulty in making herself at home here, she has got such a lovely character and is beginning to come out of herself in a slightly mischievous way.

I have been so impressed with the fantastic after sales service at the Billy Stud, not only did Arietta come with a very beautiful Billy Stud rug, but also Roger McCrea gave me a hand with jumping her. It's always great to have an insight into the system of how a horse was produced before you had it, so that you can understand it better, and it was very interesting to watch the other Billy horses and riders schooling at the same time. "There are many ways to skin a cat" and I think that it is always good to look outside one's own system and be very open to the ideas of more successful systems.

The foals at Breen Equestrian have now been weaned and Colin is with his friends in a big barn, feasting on haylage and reclining on the thick straw. I have collected Emma for the winter, because I love having her at home, and we also have the wonderful Zarnita to keep her company. We have been lucky to have such a beautiful November, so they are very happy out in the field with lots of grass and two feeds a day. They had their rugs on last night, and when it gets muddy they will come in at night.

Boringly my knee has stopped getting better and is rather unstable and very painful, especially at night. I'm off to have an MRI scan and crossing my fingers that I can be patched up without too much drastic intervention, at least until after the Sunshine Tour which is my current goal.

Holidays are over
Holidays are over

We've had a quiet few weeks with Khalissy and Askeaton both having a holiday, so Mark and I took the chance to spend a week in Bermuda, which was absolutely wonderful, and we had a few days in Portugal with friends on Mark's biennial tennis tour. It was definitely quite a shock to the system to be back in Askeaton's saddle on Tuesday morning. She's one that needs a quick rodeo on the lunge before you would want to be sitting on top, but she was very good on her first hack. In the afternoon I collected BE Khalissy from her big field on Ashdown Forest, dropped Ludger back to Trevor Breen and collected Doonaveeragh Emma and Zarnita from Breen Equestrian for their well deserved winter TLC. Like a huge equine school run!

Khalissy was back to work on Wednesday morning, clearly quite a shock to her as she found a short hack quite exhausting! We keep them woolly until they need to go in the school as this stops them being too silly as they come back to work.

I took Billy Arietta to Felbridge on Saturday, whiere she jumped another lovely double clear to complete her Newcomers double clears for 2022. I am thrilled with her, and she couldn't have arrived at a better time, and our partnership is beginning to build quickly now. It's always nice to be out and about after a break and see some friends. It's been great watching Heidi doing so well with Michelle, and Kvint has had some very good successes in Oliva Nova, Spain with Kate as well.

I am still struggling with my knee, I have at least had some physio now, and am icing and lasering it as much as I can to speed up the healing process. It's definitely getting much stronger with some exercises for the ligaments, but it is slow and painful.

It's fun having all the horses back in work, and we can get fitter together. The aim is to get to a few stay away shows after Christmas and then head down to Spain for the Sunshine Tour in March.

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1. Sarah Lewis
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Rider, Trainer, Yard Owner

I was privileged to grow up around horses. My parents had a hunter livery and dealing yard and my mother and I ran a little pony dealing business. I have always loved producing young horses and ponies, and have produced all my horses from unbroken three or four year olds. The journey with the horses brings me as much satisfaction as competing. I evented for 30 years before concentrating on show jumping, and was a successful working pony rider and so my riding education has been broad and correct and the horses get a very thorough education and a variety of work. We are lucky to have beautiful hacking where we live. With a small yard I am lucky enough to be able to spend a lot of time with the horses, working out the best approach for each individual. When training others I like to continue this ethos, working hard to find the best way for each combination to progress. I have been lucky to ride some lovely horses, and was successful in eventing up to CCI3* level and have jumped up to CSI2* 1.45 level since turning to show jumping. While I was eventing I also competed successfully up to Elementary level in dressage.

General Contacts

Stable Address
Alchornes, Bell Lane, Nutley, East Sussex, TN22 3PD
Main E-mail
sarah@alchornes.co.uk