Being an owner or part owner of an dressage horse is a great way to get involved in the fantastic and engaging sport of Dressage. Colina Pickles offers every option to people who want to get involved in the sport and you won’t find a dressage rider with a better reputation for care of her owners.
Whether you’ve already thought about getting involved, or are just considering it, here are some things to think about:
The sense of achievement and of course the all important results are one of the main reason why owners buy dressage horses and pay for professionals to ride them. Qualifying for championship competitions is a very important part of the process which can be an awful lot of fun for everyone involved. Owners love to see their horses progressing up the grades especially if the horse in question was relatively inexperienced when purchased and a real sense of achievement is one of the biggest rewards.
For many owners following the progression of their horse with a friendly team with whom they share values and enjoyment is a great experience. Owners often find themselves going to support their chosen rider at competitions even when their particular horse is not competing. Being on the ‘inside track’ means that owners know all the details and particulars of the rider and therefore really become crucial members of the team. Very close and long lasting friendships can be formed through the ownership of an event horse as so many ups and downs are shared due to the very nature of the sport.
Many people enjoy the aspect of spending a whole day out with friends, watching and socialising and seeing horses perform to their best ability. Dressage is a very sociable sport and many people make friends with other owners as usually they have an awful lot in common.
Pretty much anyone can set up as an 'dressage rider' but when you are choosing who to place your horse with there are more things to think about than just the results that this rider gets (although of course that’s very important too). Colina Pickles not only offers the chance to own an dressage horse that stands a good chance of getting to the top, she also offers a whole lot more!
Colina has competed horses of differing ability up to advanced level eventing and was given the rare opportunity to compete some of the best young horses in the country. Having ridden so many different horses she is now in a position of experience to ride all types/sizes/ temperaments of horses as well as being able to produce horses for other people. She can deliver the results clients are looking for as she has the relevant experience to take a horse and bring out the best in it.
A large part of the enjoyment for the owner is the relationship they have with the rider and the trust they have in letting them compete their horse. Colina has the communication skills that are necessary to build lasting relationships with owners. Good communication is essential as it shows professional approach and builds trust between the client and the rider.
With a small yard all horses are given consistent care and routine which enables them to be more settled in their work and therefore perform to their optimum. Attention to detail is first rate on Colina’s yard, with years of experience on a large competition yard behind her she is able to ensure that standards are kept high and constant. Colina looks after and trains her horses with a great deal of care. The smallest of things can make a huge difference, for example keeping a horse’s programme regular.
Colina is determined to reach her goals and loves the process of forming, maintaining and building relationships with people who want to share the passion of eventing with her. She is extremely dedicated to both the horses, the people and the sport.
Colina has built up an excellent reputation in the area with those that are following her career, those she teaches and with her existing owners.