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Olivia Whitelaw

Olivia Whitelaw is an 13 year old dressage rider based in Nottinghamshire and is trained by Hannah Esberger and Darryl Thickett. 

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Riding Welsh Sec B / Anglo Arab Twylands Tiffin, Liv has had numerous successes already in 2015 - British Dressage Under 25 High Profile Show - Restricted Elementary Class Champion; Dressage Under 21 Spring Championships - 2nd place in Pony FEI Championship; British Dressage Northern Regional Championships - Reserve Champion at B Squad and Sheepgate Tack & Togs Medium Championship - 5th Place.  In 2014 she was BD BYRDS Inter-Regionals Fledgling Champion and BD Home International Fledgling Champion.

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    Exciting Times at Keysoe Premier League

    So I have really exciting news Albi and I had a great Keysoe Premier League. We went along determined to do our best, but still very much learning together so in all honesty to have the honour of winning the Pony FEI Class was so unexpected it was amazing! 

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    Positive Vibes

    We've had a really positive couple of weeks. I'm really pleased to report that Leo has now started walking out, however in the meantime 8-year-old Albi (also known as Dumbledore D) has come to stay and train with me so that I can help him continue his Pony FEI education.

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    Trying Times

    Sorry to have not updated you for a while but it's been a pretty challenging few weeks as the Leo pony rollercoaster continues! A few days after Myerscough Leo's swelling on his hock returned. He appeared happy and sound but with a swelling we couldn't explain.

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    Great Result at Pony FEI Team Test

    Sadly Leo and I never made it to the Regionals due to his injury, however we did manage to get to Myerscough Premier League last weekend where we were there competing in the Pony FEI Team test. 

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    Tough Few Weeks

    I'm sad to say it's been a very very tough few weeks...On the Friday of Addington High Profile Show, Leo was given a couple of hours in the field before we travelled. Sadly he spent those few hours playing a little too harshly.

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    A Great Start to the New Year

    Leo and I have enjoyed a lovely Christmas, but we had only a limited break as we have been busy throughout December preparing for the FEI test review weekend for the GB Pony Squad riders.

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    Change of Discipline

    As Leo has been working and trying so hard with his training I thought it was important to give him a break and have a little bit of fun.

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    Pony Prime Squad Training

    Leo and I had a really great weekend attending the Pony Prime Squad training at the Unicorn Equestrian Trust.

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    Exciting News & Hoping for a Wildcard

    I'm very excited to tell you all that following the GB British Dressage Pony Viewing day in September, Leo and I have been invited to be one of the Pony Prime Squad Reserve Combinations for 2017, with some truly lovely feedback from the Pony Selectors!

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    A Crazy Month

    It's been such a crazy month here everyone, so much to tell you all. Firstly Leo and I had a simply brilliant week at the Sheepgate Under 25 British Dressage Championship where we made our 2016 objective come true!

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    Bury Farm Regionals

    We have just got back from the Bury Farm BD Regionals, we were in two huge silver classes both of which had 37 competitors! We arrived on Monday without having been able to do an arena walk, so as we entered the ring Leo had something of a panic at the podium.

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    Could Not Be Prouder

    Last weekend Leo and I went to Sheepgate to compete in his first full weekend of medium level dressage tests. It was a big ask, but what can I say apart from Leo was a superstar and I am so proud of him! 

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