2019 was a big year for Fred Hodges Training
Together with owners and horses Fred competed successfully in the BD national championships, RoR national championships and paraded in the main ring at Gatcombe Festival of Eventing.
Lisa Kent's fabulous retrained racehorse- Leaveittorog, better known as Arthur won the medium championships at Aintree and Blenheim and was runner up in the high performance class at Aintree. He thern went on to become reserve champion in British Dressages own RoR medium class in the Nettex associated championships. We were very proud of their accomplishments and Lisa and Arthur received praise from around the world on how well we managed this horse with very complicated kissing spine issues.
In January Fred started training the unbroken four year old, Keystone Drumroll (George) for the owner Tracy Cooper. They did their first BD 4 year old class at Addington Manor Premier League in March where although well behaved George basically ran out of stamina! They continued their campaign at Wellington where they improved their score before going onto finish 2nd at Widmer with a score close to 80%. This qualified George to compete in the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, a busy international where they scored over 80% to qualify for the BD national championships at Stoneleigh in September. George went onto produce a super test at Stoneleigh to finish 10th in the UK.
Amidst all these competitions Fred was busy working away with his clients of all levels. The Vale of Aylesbury Pony Club teams managed to qualify an unprecedented 8 teams for the national championships across all levels. Fred was instrumental in their developments and training and was with them at all the key competitions. Sadly the nationals were cancelled due to unusual bad weather.
In recognition of his work with Pony Club Fred was hired by British Eventing as a central region youth coach. Fred attended some of the late season BE u18 classes and is beginning to meet the riders who are part of that program.
Fred's other clients have continued to be successful with clients ranging from total beginners through to riders at BD and BE championship level.
Fred continued his work with the British Horse Society. At the BHS Fred is an active Lead Assessor and a Centre Inspector. Fred was very lucky to be asked to go abroad and assessed in Beijing in the Spring.
Fred has travelled to China for other coaching endeavours too. He is now working on a regular basis with clubs in the South of China. Fred is learning Mandarin and in the Spring he achieved HSK level 1.
Overall it was a pretty good year so we're looking forward to seeing what we can do in the future!
We're getting close to the end of 2018 now and most people are beginning to slow down. It has been an interesting year. We have now taken the bold move to give up livery services and focus entirely on training. Fred is out and about riding a variety of horses and coaching clients throughout Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding counties.
Fred has been working on clinics for the upcoming season which will be available to book soon. He is coaching at the BE Jump Training at Hartpury on 8th December and following the Vale of Aylesbury Pony Club's enormous success at the Pony Club Championships they have already started their 2019 campaign with a fresh programme of training. As soon as the 2019 BE calendar is released we will identify events which Fred will attend to help his clients so keep in touch with ideas for that.
We will be adding clinics and training opportunities to the calendar so remember to check back soon.
Update April 2018
It's been a while since we wrote anything on this page so the intention moving forward is to improve massively. We have had lots of change and lots of new opportunities in the last twelve months. Fred has continued to develop his coaching portfolio including work in China and Ireland, Pony Club teams, a special award from the 'Wobbleberry' movement, not to mention all of his regular clients. He has progressively moved Arthur through to Advanced level dressage and Flash is now winning at Prelim level. Flash has also attended coaching with Christopher Bartle and Nick Turner with a view to his successful future career. More recently Fred has been out on the eventing field with Jonny who is 'very game' for the rest of the season! So keep checking in. :)
We have been leaning over Flash every day after the long reining sessions and here are his first steps!
Cooper update- we went to Munstead yesterday thinking we'd covered all the bases but as you can see he was having a Super Duper jumping day... He jumped into the half coffin using this style and of course stopped at the ditch because he didn't have time to see it. Unfortunately he dispatched Fred at the same time so they retired. Bear with us because this talented horse is so close to breaking through. It's just finding the balance between his mega enthusiasm and his lack of experience! We have one more event in three weeks before the end of the season, so we'll keep training hard and see what we can do.
Well done Arthur- winner of BD medium 61 today at Aston-Le-walls! Thanks Lisa Kent for the ride and Toni Hodges for brilliant reading. Next stop RoR championships in two weeks.