Jaybee in the fieldHello, my name is Jaybee and this is my webpage, that tells you all about me and what I get up to. I was born in 2010 in Ireland (for those of you who know some of my mates this is the same country that Rafferty is from). And just like Rafferty I made the journey to England when I was 5 years old. I came over on the ferry and to start with my home was in Norfolk. I spent a few months doing a little bit of jumping and having some fun in the field with lots of other horses. Then one day Anne, Sally and Clare came to visit me and thought I looked a good sort for RDA and decided to buy me. A week or so later I made the journey to Essex to start my life at Barrow Farm. Now the name in my passport is Jimmy’s Boy which was a bit  of mouthful, so the girls on the yard decided to use my initials instead hence Jaybee.

Jaybee and Christopher
One of Jaybee’s first RDA riders was the very experienced Christopher

Now as you may already know it takes a while to train a really good RDA horse, so to start off with I was ridden by the girls. I had to get used to working in both the indoor school and the menage. I had to learn to go walk to the mounting block, to stop in the right place and to not turn around. Now when I arrived I was a little nervous as everything seemed so new but before long I started to get more confident especially if I had Sally with me. I started to get used to the props and working in the school with lots of noise and by spring 2016 I was ready to have a go at RDA. I started just doing 2 or 3 sessions a week this has gradually built up over the year and now in spring 2017 I am regularly doing 10-12 sessions a week.

Jaybee and Lucy
Lucy and Jaybee working off lead

One of the things I had to learn to do was become an off-lead horse. I managed to do this fairly quickly and I now regularly go off lead with a number of my riders. Most of the time this is just in walk but I also do some off-lead trotting too. They tell me one of the things that they would like me to do is let some of the more able riders have a canter. I have been practicing this with Lucy and they tell me I have been a very good boy. I am still learning at the moment and there is a long way to go before I can call myself an expert but as I said training an RDA horse takes a long time! Lucy and I also had some expert help as we were lucky enough to have a lesson with Paralympic Gold Medalist Sir Lee Pearson, no less.

Jaybee with Lucy, Sally and Sir Lee Pearson
Lucy and Jaybee after their lesson with Sir Lee Pearson

The other thing they tell me is that I will need to start doing RDA competitions at some stage. It starts off easy and I have already done a Dressage Anywhere class (where you get videoed at home) with William and scored an impressive 69.17%. We have qualified for the Championships and so at some point I have to be videoed all over again. Unfortunately although I am now very brave in the riding school I am not so good away from home. In preparation for going out to do RDA competitions it is important that I go out and see lots of different places.

Jaybee in the snow

If you would like to adopt me please go the Adopt A Pony page.