I have to say I’m really looking forward to 2010 – hopefully most of the bad weather and snow is behind us and we can get all the horses out and about again.
I’ve got some great rides this year some of which will hopefully be upgrading to advance to join Up With The Lark (Max). He’s on great form at the moment and is heading to the UK Stallion Expo event in a couple weeks, which has been put on to showcase British breeding. He’ll spend most of the spring at stud and then concentrate on eventing later on in the year.
Jagganath (Jack) is back from his post Le Lion holiday and is feeling well. He’ll be aiming at a CIC 3 star this year along with Kangasong (Joey) who’s back in work after having some time off.
I’m also lucky enough to have been given the ride on a lovely new horse called Yorkie’s Delight. He’s owned by Katha Wood and has competed up to intermediate level with his previous rider and will be looking to build up his form.
Peppermill (Milly) has been with me all winter and is coming on nicely – she’s rising six now and will be aiming at novice level this year. Deborah and Martin Toogood’s horse Masters Apprentice (Archie) will also join Milly on the novice circuit. He’s been hunting this winter which I’m hoping will have ironed out some of his little quirks!
Other youngsters I’m looking forward to bringing on this year include (Watermill) Lola – who did some Burghley Young Event horse classes last year and Wonderwall (Wally) – my father-in-law’s horse who’s half brother to Joey.
Lousie (my head girl) has done a brilliant job over the winter keeping the horses ticking over - especially as we abandoned her for two weeks while we went on holiday. My brother lives in New York and got married just before Christmas, then we headed down to Florida to enjoy some “not so sunny weather” (you can’t have it all) but it was still great fun.
I seem to be buried in paper work at the moment – lots of registrations and forms to fill out but thank goodness for internet entries…better get on with it!
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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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
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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!