The horses must know eventing is just around the corner - they’re looking and feeling great. We’ve been working them on lots of different surfaces and using the hills around us to help build up their fitness.
I’ve had some really good show jumping sessions at Allens Hill, and Kenneth Clawson has also been at the yard to help with some of the gang - Yorkie’s Delight (Yorkie), Jagganath (Jack), Direct Cruising (Cruise), The Master’s Apprentice (Archie) and Chantry Riverdance (Andy). It was a busy day but very informative – Kenneth is great at tuning into each horse and has given me some really useful ‘winter grids’ to practice.
We had an enjoyable day at The British Stallion Event at Hartpury with Up With The Lark (Max). He’s rising eleven this year and is such an old pro at these things - nothing fazes him proving how important a good brain is in this game. His oldest offspring turns five this year so it’ll be interesting to see how they get on.
Sadly we didn’t make it to Barbados for our winter break as baby Florence has been in hospital with swine flu. She’s back on top form now but we’ve decided to move our trip to later on in the year when she’s a little bit more robust!
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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Previous PostsA disappointing start to the season!
A Blast of Sunshine works Wonders
Working to Reach Peak Condition
Hunting Season in Full Swing
Mr Harley Quin proves to be a promising ride
Sea Summer Bay Continues to Impress
A Character Building Season
ArchiveInspired by Team GB's success
A tragic loss for Team Jackson
Excellant prep for Bramham, now its the real thing!
A Wash Out Month For Eventers!
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!