Chloe Vell’s dressage blog: planning, preparation and patience

  • The last two weeks have remained quiet on the riding front. Kaja (pictured) has been going well and apart from the music display in December, we have no other plans before Christmas.

    This has been deliberate as I’ve been working hard at school towards my GCSEs next year. This time of year is so much about development, preparation and management. It takes care and patience to plan for competitions several months away.

    We’ve improved Kaja’s musculature to provide more strength, softened her back with frequent massages and altered her hind shoes to give more support for the increased amount of work she is doing in piaffe and canter pirouettes. She seems really happy at the moment and her self-carriage is improving all the time.

    I have good news that after my lorry fell apart we have managed to find another lorry which is much younger and less rusty! I will feel a lot safer on my journeys abroad next year.

    Magazine out now!

    If profielpicyou read earlier blogs you will remember a modelling shoot I did for Company Magazine (left).

    The photoshoot is featured in the Company High Street Edit Version available now; there are 3 great pages. I also received some shots from my last editorial shoot (below).



    Young Sports Achiever of the Year

    awards night

    In November, I was delighted to be nominated for an award from Cheshire East Council. My family and I were invited to a lovely presentation dinner where the winners would be announced.

    We arrived to find a huge  number of people awards night 5and it was really interesting to meet competitors from other sports. Mike Shaft, a local radio presenter was announcing the awards. It was great for my Dad, who played Basketball for Manchester Giants and nationally, as Mike used to commentate on his games.

    On winning the young sports achiever award I was promptly interviewed live on stage, which was a bit daunting, but I’ve done a few interviews now, so it’s getting easier. It was nice to hear from a journalist that he was really impressed with my Horse & Hound blog!


    I am so disappointed that Olympia dressage is not in school holidays. It’s a shame to put dressage before the main show as it doesn’t allow for more spectators to view the sport and get involved.

    Come on Olympia can we timetable dressage into a prime slot! However, it will be fantastic that our top riders will be there and it be a fitting farewell for Laura Tomlinson’s Mistral Hojris.


    Twitter: @Chloe_Vell

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