Life on the Yard

Ginny's yard is full of activity and there is never a quiet day. Whether she is going out for a dressage lesson, embarking on a long day at Addington or preparing for a 3* Event, Ginny and her team work hard to achieve the high standards necessary to compete at such a high level.

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Liz Howe describes a typical day at Ginny Howe Eventing

"We muck out a lot. I also have several hunters on the yard so if there is a hunt that day then we get them ready, otherwise they need riding. We work up until about 3pm, sorting out anything that Ginny needs – she rides all of her own. On Tuesdays we go to Addington Showjumping during the winter and now Ginny has passed her HGV test we can take two lorries. On other days Ginny might have a dressage lesson or go cross-country schooling; we normally go to Aston Le Walls for cross-country schooling. If we are at an event, her Dad will help feed the horses left behind and Jilly and Sally will come and hack the remaining horses. They have been coming for a long time now and are invaluable to us."

Ginny's Day...

I am usually on the yard by 7.30am and will be on the first horse by 8am. I usually start by doing the horses that need schooling first followed by any that need to go hacking, road exercise or fast work. I like to keep their work as varied as possible, this keeps them enjoying their work and performing to the best of their ability. I am lucky to have a good grass hill near by which is fantastic and a grass gallop for interval training within hacking distance. For the horses that need a bit more work I use Paul Webber's racing yard facilities, particularly with Divilabit who makes full use of their swimming pool and all weather gallop.

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