Lockdown gave us a fantastic opportunity to focus on the horse’s training, do essential work around the farm and even gave me the opportunity to camp and see my second foal born!
Greenhays Stud has bred horses for the past 25 years, and I have been lucky enough to produce many of the youngsters myself. However, after 10 days of camping it was amazing to see my own mare ‘Greenhays Reflect’ give birth to her second foal ‘Captain Tom’ by Veni Vidi Vici. From the word go he has had huge character and has shown a brave, friendly personality.
The other horses focused on strenghtening work and I realised for myself how they must often feel after starting High Intensity Tactical Training!
I feel we came out of lockdown a lot stronger, more organised and ready to compete. The horses have been fresh and ready to go out and compete but at the end of August are still lacking competition experience in 2020 because of event restrictions & ballots. Nevertheless they are all showing great potential at home, and a few competitions (and hopefully an international run) will set us up to be more competitive in what we hope to be a full 2021 competition season.
Highlights of returning to competiton:
Dressage: 73+% scores for Global Super Nova at Elementary.
Eventing: Win for Belclare Warrior (owned by the MacEwan family) at Moreton BE finishing on his dressage score of 21.8.
Finally, I would like to say that I am hugely excited to have graduated from my Business Economics WPI Entrepreneurship (Bsc) degree from Exeter University and look forward to making the most of opportunities presented from being selected for the government funded ‘Equestrian Advanced Apprentiship in Sporting Excellence’. This has given me the opportunity to provide more services such as teaching, riding and livery from our base at Greenhays Stud. Please get in touch if this interests you.
For videos of what we have been up to please have a look at my YouTube channel Alexa Palmer Equestrian (https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCoWn3QH5e2eCuNgFabhpcGA/featured)