Go, go, go!!It’s been go go go over the last few weeks – training, eventing (at last) and getting my new website up and running. You can check it out at mikejacksoneventing.com: I’m really pleased with it and I’d like to thank Lucy Graham and Charlie Jewitt for all their help.
I’m hoping to be able to put lots of photos and videos up so that my owners can keep track of what their horses are doing. It also allows me to showcase Up With The Lark, who’s had a lot of interest since we took him to the Expo stallion event in February.
Following some good runs at Tweseldown with Burlington Boy (Bertie), The Masters Apprentice (Archie), Yorkie’s Delight (Yorkie) and Moon Walk II (Ace), Aldon was less inspiring… and I have to say that last weekend, I nearly changed my mind about being an event rider. I spent the night before in the bathroom with food poisoning, and then it rained all day making it very wet and muddy! Despite the miserable conditions Archie and Downleadon (Minx) coped well, but frustratingly I managed to get myself eliminated on the cross country with Archie jumping the alternative the wrong way round.
However, things really picked up at Gatcombe. Yorkie went double clear in the Open Novice and Minx came third in the Intermediate. Her show jumping has really improved this year and she was her normal speedy self cross country. I was also really pleased with Yorkie, who is new to me this year, and despite only having had him a few weeks I feel like we’re striking up a real partnership.
Prior to my first two events I took Minx to an Equine Pathway session at the Unicorn Centre, which was a great motivator at the beginning of the season. I’ve also been out with some of the young horses cross country schooling and jumping, and I’m looking forward to bringing them out later in the season.
Sadly we lost a dear friend this week, Bertie - Ellie’s legendary Jack Russell - had to be put down at the grand old age of seventeen. It certainly won’t be the same without him.
Mike Jackson is a professional event rider based at Martin and Deborah Toogood’s beautiful yard in Cold Aston in Gloucestershire. Mike's passion for eventing started when he was just eight years old.
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Working to Reach Peak Condition
Hunting Season in Full Swing
Mr Harley Quin proves to be a promising ride
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A tragic loss for Team Jackson
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Billy Be Cool collects another red rosette for Team Jackson!
A Successful start to the season for Team Jackson
The Big Dengie Weigh-in
Christmas indulging followed by a double win for Kangasong
Celebrations and sad farewells
Team Jackson’s purple patch continues
Success for Team Jackson at Blenheim International Horse Trials
Superb result for The Master's Apprentice at Gatcombe
A month of up's and a bit of relaxing in between
Mike and W Iridium qualify for Gatcombe!
A great results at Tweseldown
Starting the season on form
Practice makes perfect
A welcomed addition to the Jackson family
A tremendous year for Team Jackson
Go, go, go!!
End of the Season and Still in One Piece
Hectic few weeks...but all worth it!
Knaptoft - the highlight of the month
Foal number six for Ladies First
Starting the month off on a good note
Settling down in Cold Aston
Moving on Up
Getting ready for the new season
Gently Ticking Over
Happy New Year
Hopes for Burgley Young Eventing
Three wins on the trot!
A Frustrating month
Mike's Kangasong just misses out on squad qualification
Another Busy Month for Mike Jackson and his Team!
Mike Becomes a Father!!
May Madness for Mike Jackson!
Birthday Win for Mike Jackson!
Spring looks like it is finally here....
Mike gets Stallion Wish Upon a Star Graded at Addington
Mike wins at Tweseldown!
Lots of training....and late nights!
All Systems go for the new season!
August Update - Mike Jackson
June - the new monsoon season??
Busy Few Weeks
RAIN, RAIN, RAIN.....
THE SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US - 4th March 2007
Event Rider and Male model....!
Mike Jackson's Event Schedule
SHOW JUMPING BEGINS
Busy Week at Manor Barn Stables - 12th Jan 2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR!