April 21st, 2016 | All News
WOW Saddles caught up with two of our Ambassadors at the BD Winter Championships at Hartpury. Kim Young made the long journey from her base near Dumfries for a busy three days, contesting the Novice Open, Novice Freestyle and Elementary Open on First Miss Sunshine AS. Lesley Peyton-Gilbert on World Exclusive presented their PSG Freestyle test as part of the Friday night Gala Evening.
Kim: An amazingly well-behaved little white grey pony, called Paddington Bear. He had quite the fluffiest ears you’ve ever seen.
Lesley: I didn’t get my first pony until I was 11. He was a 14.2hh Arab/Connemara cross called Jester, and a great show jumper.
Kim: I did my first test on Bear when I was 6 or 7. We scored 8’s and 9’s – I think they must have added cuteness to the scales of training.
Lesley: I was a late starter. When I was 15 I had an eventer, so I had to learn to do dressage. I eased myself in by doing a Prix Caprilli test first.
Kim: I evented as a teenager, which was great fun but expensive. Then I started having lessons with Lady Joicey, who was inspirational. She didn’t care if your mount wasn’t flashy, as long as you wanted to learn.
Lesley: I find it fascinating, the intellectual demands it makes, the attention to detail that’s needed. I think it appeals to my OCD tendencies!
Kim: I went to Holland in November 2013. Merrie had only arrived at the backing yard a week earlier, but she had a kind temperament, moved well – and was within my limited budget!
Lesley: Wex turned up on my yard one day, as a 6yo. His owner had bred him, and was working at Novice, but had hurt her back and couldn’t ride. She knew of me through a mutual friend and thought the horse would suit me.
Kim: She is a total worker, always tries for you. I just need to be careful not to do too much.
Lesley: Mine is the same, he has a great work ethic, always giving everything he’s got. And he only needs a short warm-up, then starts working immediately so I never spend long on him. That will really help his longevity.
Kim: We’re just progressing lateral work and starting changes, and she honestly finds everything easy.
Kim: We’ve already qualified at Novice and Elly for the summer regionals. I’d love to get her qualified in the 6yo classes, and get at least to the semi-finals. My goal is be competing at medium this Autumn and Advanced Medium next year.
Lesley: This is only his fourth PSG, and we’ve already completed his first Inter 1, with 70%. I’m planning an Inter 2 by the end of the year.
Kim: I run my own dog grooming business, The Grooming Room, in Dumfries. I work the hours that suit clients – so that usually leaves me time during the day to ride.
Lesley: I’ve a 22-horse livery yard, a mix of eventers, dressage horses, and riding clubbers. I teach at home and for clients – I’m off tomorrow to do two days with the Kings Troop. I’m also a Futurity judge for the BEF, and Young Horse for BD.
Kim: Every 10 days or so we box up and go with a friend for a long hack on quiet lanes and forest tracks. It totally unwinds her – and me.
Lesley: Wex is addicted to carrots, and loves his regular physio and McTimony sessions