Victoria Bax rounds off 2014

Nedz catches up with Victoria Bax to find out her plans for the final month of 2014!

"I'd like to say over the last month I have had a nice relaxing time as it is now the "off season" for us Eventers but that wouldn't be the truth at all!

Over the last month I have welcomed into my yards, a constant supply of schooling liveries for owners who have been off enjoying their holidays while leaving me to further educate their horses. This has seen me riding up to 8 horses a day recently!
I have throughly enjoyed the challenge of working these additional horses and it certainly makes you appreciate your own I can tell you!  I have taken on a wide variety from a 13hh Haflinger to a 16.2 KWPN, with quite a few in between, still it is all good experience for me and my riding ability.  I have a few more horses booked in for a hoof camp stay before the year is out."

"Popps has continued her new a career as a showjumper and we have already moved up to the 1.15m class successfully.  I am enjoying my near weekly trips out showjumping now, something I never thought I would hear myself say!  Fingers crossed this experience will assist me so I am tuned up and ready for the new Event season next year."

"I have organised and run a couple of Arena XC clinics at a local venue too.  These have been very well received by both old and new clients of mine and have both been fully booked and with waiting lists.  My aim is to run a few more of these with different themes over the winter period and hope they too will be as well received after all when you can't get on a cross country because of the wet ground how else are you able to practise and have fun cross country!  I have been asked by a couple of new venues around to hold these clinics further afield so you never know I may be out near you in the coming months!"

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"My youngsters Tilly and Milli are still making great progress in their training.  They have both been out in the lorry again and were exceptionally well behaved.  Milli will be making her debut in the dressage arena next month, so fingers crossed for a good experience.  My trainer Lucy Thompson who helped me decide on these two at the Ascot sales back in June is also very pleased and feels a great connection to these two, I think she feels like an owner having her horses ridden by someone else, which is not something she is used to having been the rider all her life!
Alongside them, baby Frankie my 3 year old who I backed in the spring is starting to come back into work with some light longreining.  I am very pleased that he appears to have simply picked up where we left off; bridle on, saddle on, longreins on, walk, trot and canter....perfect!  I will continue to do little bits of both ridden and ground work with him from now on." 

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"6 year old Forrest feels great following his end of season holiday and is under taking some hacking work and very light schooling to bring his fitness back up to scratch." 

"Sadly Crysto has managed to tweek one of his check ligaments in the field whilst ending his holiday.  Thankfully though my vet advises me it is very very minor to the degree that some people may not have even noticed it and would carry on as normal as he is not and never has been lame.  However, I noticed some slight swelling in his leg which to me must indicate something is a miss so I decided to get it checked out before bringing him back into work. Due to this minor injury he is enjoying an extended end of season holiday, but hopefully another scan at the end of the year will give me the all clear to start working him again.  I have also invested in and Arc Equine machine to aid his recovery as I have heard so many amazing success stories about them, only the best for my top boy!"

"I would like to wish all my follows a very Happy Christmas and a successful new year!"