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