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Celebrating Mares - Lena

Grace Wallace Grace Wallace tells us about her special mare, Lena.

“Lena is an 8 year old, Belgian Warmblood mare who I have had the pleasure of owning for 6 months. I got her in May this year after trying her at a showjumping yard when on the hunt for a new horse and we just clicked instantly. She was very feisty, all she wanted to do was jump and her flatwork obviously had a lot of room for improvement as she was very strong in the mouth and unbalanced after the fence. But I was determined we could make it work and this has certainly proved true.

On the ground she is honestly one of the sweetest horses you will meet, standing while you groom, loads perfectly, great to wash down- she really is a gentle giant and her only ambition is life is to please you.

After a short while working hard on flatwork and brakes, as well as time spent getting to know each other in the stable, we are now on flying form having competed at the BSJA National Championships, SCOPE festival and many BSJA competitions over the Summer, our highlight coming 7th in the Children on Horses final at Scope.

We have jumped our first 1.25m together, completed our first farm ride and at our last show (NSCA schools competition) we qualified for the championships by winning both of our jumping classes as well as the team competition for our school.

Our aims for next year are to qualify for the Foxhunter second rounds and the Silver League semi-finals as well as to continue to represent my school and Pony Club throughout the Winter and into next year. She has been very consistent in the time I’ve had her and now I finally feel that we have gotten to grips with each other, I’m sure the best is yet to come.

Grace WallaceI am very excited for the future with what I like to call my ‘superhorse’ and I’m sure she will never fail to make me proud. She has the talent, the brains and the looks to go very far- and I’m very excited to be a part of that!”

What advice would you give to somebody who is thinking of owning a mare/bought a new mare?

“My advice would just be to have patience and stick with them. Mare’s are certainly not the easiest of horses but they are often the most talented  you will meet.

You need to have determination to build a bond with your mare, particularly when you don’t know each other as they are much more sensitive than their male counterparts. Once you get to know each other, you are often a formidable team as your mare has that fire and desire to win- she is certainly a trier.

Sometimes it just takes time and patience to get the best out of them, but when you do they are honestly the best horses you can even dream of owning. There is so much satisfaction and reward from them, something you just don’t quite get from other horses.

Yes, they are both unique and each one has their quirks, but there is just simply something different about a mare- they ultimately become your best friend and it is the best decision you can make. They are triers.”