Imogen Templeton: My Final HorseQuest Blog
So I can’t believe it but this is our last HorseQuest blog! Imogen has had such an amazing time over the last few months and the training bursary has helped so much to keep her going.
Since our last blog in August she has had her visit to Stanley Grange Stud, which Imogen declared to be the BEST DAY EVER!!! She learnt so much during that lesson and still hears on a regular basis ‘heels down Imogen, what would Jerome say?!’ You can read all about her day in the article in the Showing Journal or in the blog here.
She has also been out competing regularly, achieving numerous placings with Hector in her dressage, the highlight being winning Intro Champion at the Blue Chip Festival of Equestrianism and the warm up class, despite being the youngest competitor by about 30 years!
Imogen has really got into her dressage with Hector since lockdown has ended, she is enjoying pushing herself and learning new skills. Her goal for next season is to bring him out at Prelim (once she can maintain her canter!) She is also going to continue with British Dressage My Quest, and hopefully Team Quest. We have been looking at other competitions too like the NPS Dressage championships.
With her showing, obviously the bigger shows have been cancelled but at a local level she has had numerous wins and championship placings with Julie Chadwick’s Cayberry First Edition – keep an eye out for them in the upcoming Dartmoor Diary! They also had their photo in the Native Pony Magazine this season. She will hopefully be competing in the HOYS/RI qualifiers next season.
The huge benefit of the training bursary is that we have been able to keep training going over the last, unsettled, 8 months. Despite the lockdown and cancelled events, Imogen and Hector have continued training, be that in person, at clinics or via facetime. We have also been able to have regular arena hires which have been brilliant to get Hector out to new venues in a no pressure environment.
The difference in Imogen’s confidence and riding in the last 8 months has been immense, and the Horse Quest Training Bursary has played such a huge role in this – allowing her to stay focused, have fun and keep working.
We are so grateful to all the help and support from the team. I would strongly encourage everybody to have a go and enter the competition for the 2021 bursary.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, stay safe and please continue to follow her journey on Facebook or Instagram – New Copy Equestrian.