Ruth Edge Winter Blog
The winter months’ for Team Edge have flown by. The focus has mainly been on
training and strengthening the horses over the winter. I have had regular
training from Judy Harvey, who has been my dressage trainer and mentor now
for 24 years. I take both the dressage and event horses and we have been
focusing on building the horses’ strength and suppleness up to ensure they are
not only working in the correct way but have the muscle tone and flexibility to
enable them to find the work we ask of them easy. Bert Rutten has also been over
from Holland. With Judy having trained with Bert for many years it’s great to
have that consistently in the training. When I can I go to Holland to train with
Bert but I’ve been so busy this winter I have not had the opportunity to go so it
was great to catch up and train with Bert.
Jumping wise I have had training from Susie Gibson, who has a fantastic
approach and system that again ties in with the training I do with the Dressage.
We go up to Aintree to train, which has an amazing indoor facility. I have also
had the opportunity to train with Michael Whittaker this winter and again
working on the same lines has meant consistency in the training programme
which is so important for the horses.
The girls who work for me, Jodie, Alice and Georgina have all been progressing
well and training hard over the winter, and we are just about to go off indoor
show jumping to put the training into practice before the season starts for us at
Lincoln horse trials. We’ve had one trip up to Somerford Park to use their all
weather xc facility which was great fun.
On the dressage competition front, I have Monarchs Cavalier qualified for the
regional championship at Advanced Medium and Advanced Medium Freestyle
level. His competition build has gone well having won both his classes and with
over 72% in both. A final session with Judy has put the finishing touches on
everything so we are all set for the Championships next week at Myerscough.
Not long till the start of the eventing season now – ‘Team Edge’ are definitely on
Bye for now.