Pastures New for Olympic ace.RIDERS were on call again for a popular Jeanette Brakewell two-day clinic at Pastures New Equestrian near Kirkheaton in North Tynedale. The equine centre run by Zoe Bell, who also employs a head groom in Beth Gowens, contains an all-weather dura track pro arena 60mtr x 40mtr completed a year ago this weekend.
The construction was undertaken by Lancashire-based company Peter Heap and is the only surface of its type in the country.
Event rider and manager Zoe Bell said: "Jeanette's clinic was again a real success with everyone saying they had gained a huge amount of knowledge and instruction.
"Many of the people who attended the June 2009 clinic came along again this time around.
"Over the two days she was here I had four lessons, two on my own horse Splash and two on a full livery.
"I felt I gained a lot and I am pleased to say Jeanette will be back with another clinic before Christmas."
Zoe added: "I gained the lease on Pastures New in 2007, which was a dream come true as I have always wanted to do from a young age.
"At Pastures New we do full, part, schooling, braking and hunter livery.
"We run regular competitions including our popular dressage dressage
Equestrian sport involving the execution of precision movements by a trained horse in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider. league, due to start on December 13 and running until April 2010 on a points system. Jeanette was my first choice to open our school officially in June of this year.
Her June clinic was very well attended and her enthusiastic teaching style was a real hit, so we knew we wanted her back very soon.
"Over the summer we ran combined training days, showing jumping and for the second year running ran a pleasure ride that we hope to run in June on an annual basis."
Zoe represented the South Northumberland Pony Club Pony Club is an international youth organization devoted to the educating youths about horses and horseback riding. Pony Club organizations exist in over 30 countries worldwide. at show jumping show jumping
Competitive riding of horses through an obstacle course. Horses run the course one at a time, and the winner is judged according to jumping ability and speed. Individual and team jumping events have been part of the Olympic Games since 1912. , dressage and one-day event one-day event
a contraction of the three-day event but like that contest is aimed at selecting the best all-round horse and rider. The events usually contested are show-jumping, dressage and cross-country. teams and has evented up too intermediate level.
After losing a horse, which has taken her a few years to replace, she now has a new mare which had her first outing at Witton Castle Horse Trials in the pre-novice, where she went double clear.
Beth Gowans took on the job as head girl at Pastures New and has worked there since February after spending three years studying horse management at Kirkley Hall Kirkley Hall (grid reference NZ150773) is a 17th century historic country mansion and Grade II listed building situated on the bank of the River Blyth at Kirkley, near Ponteland in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, which is now an Horticultural and Agricultural training .
She said: "Last time Jeanette was at Pastures New in June I had a flat lesson from her, which I really enjoyed and took away lots to improve on.
"So when she came this time I had two jumping lessons on both of my horses.
"Carrot is a 16.3hh six-year-old Warmblood who has had some time off and will be competing in British Dressage and BSJA BSJA British Showjumping Association over the winter ready to start pre-novice eventing at the beginning of next season.
"Dream is a 14.2hh 11-year-old Connemara cross, who I have owned for eight years and competed in all Riding Club and Pony Club teams.
"I was recently fourth at the Riding Club National Championships in Lincolnshire."
She added: "Jeanette is a great trainer as well as a great rider.
"She firstly works on your position before she works on your horses, so you are asking the horse to do things in the right way.
"She is very focused on the horse being in quite a forward rhythm and that no matter what happens, the rider should not panic.
"The best piece of advice she gave me was to stay relaxed as when you become tense you become stiff and unbalanced.
"Jeanette is really down to earth and a lovely person, but at the same time she is very straight with people.
"I think that is the reason she gets so much improvement from them.
"She very quickly weighs up how good, confident and willing someone is and teaches everyone different for their ability and confidence."
Pastures New equine complex was set up as a diversification process next to Bog Hall Farm, who were in the dairy business for more than 60 years but had lost confidence in the industry. The farm still operates with suckler cows/calves and bought in store cattle and a large flock of sheep.
Jeanette Brakewell was a member of both the British silver medal team at the 2004 Athens Olympics Athens Olympics
• and the silver medal team in the same event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney on her top horse, Over to You.
He was retired from four star level eventing in 2007, but still competes in lower levels following a career which, besides the Olympics, also saw him compete at the Badminton Horse Trials The Badminton Horse Trials is a three-day event, one of only five elite international four star, CCI****, events as classified by the FEI.
"Badminton" takes place in May each year in the park of Badminton House the seat of the Dukes of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England. a record seven times.
TOP CLASS From left Sarah Dodd, Jeanette Brakewell, Jess Bell, Splash, Zoey McLean, Beth Gowans and Lauren Caffey