Olivia Oldknow

    A Little About Me......

As this is my first time writing a Galloping Geldings Sponsorship blog I have decided to start by telling you a little bit about me and my horses.

My name is Olivia Oldknow and I am a 15 year old totally home produced jockey. I started riding when I was 4 years old and got my first pony when I was 10 years old. My first pony was called Tom and although he was not a HOYs or RI pony I didn't mind. All that bothered me was having and enjoying a pony. As time passed I started doing some small local shows and dressage competitions. Although we never did any county shows,we enjoyed our small shows and  even won quite a few of them.Sadly ,I have outgrown him,so he is now out on loan as we cannot sell him as he means too much to us. 3 years ago we bought my second pony, who was an unbroken ,entire 4 years old ,Welsh Section C ,called Will. Firstly, we gelded him and then started to break him. In 2015 we started to compete him just at local level, as I needed to get used to him. Last year we started to show him at county level and do some RI Qualifiers.Sadly we didn't qualify for RI but I didn't mind because I was still bringing the best pony home. One of our biggest achievements was when we went to The Royal Cheshire County Show and came 5th in a huge class.We were all made up with this result,especially me as it was both mine and Wills first time doing a ridden class there.We also did our first working hunter show ,which we got a 3rd in. This was a big step for me because as alot of people know i don't really like jumping . I am really proud of how much Will has come on and best of all he is totally home produced by myself. Although  I really enjoy showing , the thing that matters to me the most is that my ponies are fit, healthy, have the best they can have and most of all be a pony (get dirty in the field). In September I got a new pony called Louie. He is a 5 year old Welsh Section D, who I am hoping to show.

January 2017

So Louie and I took a trip to a BSPS Show at Myerscough , for our first show of the season and our first ever ridden show together. We were pulled 4th out of 8 ponies. However , Louie did a fantastic show and didn't disappoint being moved upto 1st place. I could not have wished for a better result and for him to have been any better behaved. A couple of weeks after we attended Staffordshire Spring Festival where once again Louie was fab and managed to earn a respectable 3rd and also qualified for Winter Champs. Last week we had a change from showing and decided to do abit of dressage at our local riding club,Abram Hall. I decided to take Louie for abit of experience but it turned out he was an expert as he gained not one but two 1st places , with over 70% in both tests!!!!.  I am giving Louie a couple of weekends off to have a rest from shows and have a bit of fun but we will be back in February to keep you informed on our journey.

I would just like to say a huge Thankyou to Galloping Geldings and Sharon for giving us this wonderful opportunity to be sponsored by this wonderful company. Louie loves his new show rug !!!

February 2017

Well Louie and I had a couple of weekends off from going showing ,at the start of the month.However ,we attended some clinics as well as rented out an arena to have some funin.We loved riding in front of the mirrors and admiring ourselves.Towards the end of the month we decided to have a go at another dressage competition .Louie behaved impeccably and really enjoyed competing in an indoor arena. We gained a very respectable 4th out of 17 riders, with another high score that was over 70%.This weekend we took part in the dressage championships that we qualified for back in January .Never would I have thought we would have taken not 1 but 2 Championships ,yet again gaining over 70% in both tests.!!!   I was over the moon with our results and could not have asked any more from Louie , earning our first ever sashes together in one day was definately a surprie. We plan to compete in some one day shows in March , to help us prepare for the Winter Champs which are in a couple of months time.Thanks again to Galloping Geldings , we love representing such a fab  company.