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We are delighted that we now have our very own Loch Leven Equine Practice sponsored horse that we will be following throughout the next year. Read the latest blogs here:

April 2014
In my last blog I made a promise to Mossy that if he trotted in circles looking pretty and picked his feet up over coloured poles he would get to jump XC........ Poor Mossy did exactly that at Burgham only for them to abandon the XC due to a slight problem with fog! In fairness to the organisers you couldn't see the next fence so it was probably a good call. Considering he has never seen white dressage boards before or jumped a SJ course away from home I was over the moon with our 36 dressage and clear SJ for a 7th rosette. It was credit to the organisers that they still ran the sections as a combined training competition. Thankfully I was wearing my Loch Leven jacket at prize giving so also managed to do a bit of advertising for the practice too! Brownie points are due from our marketing guru I think?!

Back at home, we finally got some XC action at Lindores which was awesome (watch a short video here ) and I'm not sure who had the bigger smile, Mossy or his jockey! We jumped all of the bigger fences and also spent some time hunting for a rather naughty pony who had dumped his jockey and head off down the hill into one of the ploughed fields - great fun for us, not so for the naughty pony's rider!

There's been plenty of practicing circles too and the next stop is Kirriemuir and then Central Scotland Horse Trials at Dalkeith, rain (and fog) please stay away!

March 2014
The last year has been quite an emotional rollercoaster for Tigger and I and I can confidently say that he has contributed nicely to the practice ’s finances – well worth the sponsorship!! When he wasn’t spending time on box rest we did manage to do a few events at the end of the year, which he did with all of his usual wonderful enthusiasm.

He then decided he would like to experience our new surgical facilities and put me firmly in the clients’ shoes waiting for news whilst he under went a general anaesthetic and key hole surgery on both his stifles. The news wasn’t what I wanted to hear and despite a pretty horrible prognosis Hugh and I decided we needed to give him every chance. The Oakdens at Dunbog Farm have done an amazing job with his rehabilitation and keeping me positive but last month it became clear as we upped his work that he just wasn’t coping. It would be fair to say the toys came out of the pram a little, for a horse with such an amazing attitude to his jumping who so wants to do it, it seems very unfair at the moment. We have decided to bring him home and put him in the field for 6 months and aim to get him hacking out. liz s mossy

The rollercoaster ride continued when i got a very exciting phone call from Lady Balniel offering me her lovely hunter “Mossy” for the season. Mossy comes with quite a reputation, everyone seems to know him and has only amazing things to say about him which is pretty exciting. At the moment he’s at Dunbog learning to do circles which he is taking to like a duck to water. I think he would prefer going fast over solid fences but i keep telling him that he will be able to once he’s trotted round looking pretty and jumped a few coloured poles – easy as that!!!

I need to say thank you to so many people, Sarah and James Oakden, Lady Balniel, Liz Burton for providing a shoulder to cry on far too many times and of course Hugh for putting up with me and my ponies! Here’s to a better 2014.........

Liz and Mossy


Liz and Tigger 2012Meet Marmaduke III, otherwise known as Tigger. Tigger is a 16.1hh, 6 year old, chestnut Warmblood x TB owned and ridden by Liz Somerville.

We catch up with Liz and Tigger each month to find out how they are getting on.





April 2013

I bought Tigger as a very green four year old approximately 18 months ago. We spent the first year Liz and Tigger at SNEC 2013bringing him on slowly and allowing him the time he needed to develop both mentally and physically. During 2012 we did some local Riding Club dressage, show jumping and hunter trials before giving him a well-deserved rest in October.

We quickly discovered that jumping was his forte and that there was some work to be done in the dressage arena! Over all though we had some promising results and a really positive first season.
I then made the decision that I wanted to give Tigger the best possible chance of reaching his full potential and I decided to take Tigger to Sarah and James Oakden for extra training and support. In January 2013 we went to our first British Showjumping competition where we competed in the British Novice and Discovery.

Having had many years out of competing, and having two children, it has been quite a personal challenge to get back out competing again. Luckily Tigger’s love of his jumping has meant that we have both enjoyed every single minute of it!

Having got to the point of being ready to enter our first BE event Tigger decided (as horses do) that he had a sore leg – proving these things happen even to vets wives horses! Thankfully after some treatment and time off we are now back in walk work, which is always entertaining after the vets insist on full box rest for five weeks! I often joke that they should be the ones trying to sit on (and stay on!) after so much time inside their stables!

We are now on week 2 of walk work and Tigger will be re-assessed after 4 weeks of walking, hopefully then we can begin trotting. I will keep you posted!

Liz Somerville

Find out how Liz and Tigger are getting on next month!


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