Introducing Smithy - a new horse for Matthew Dalley(May 08, 2011)
Early April saw the arrival of my new horse at Scropton RDA. My previous horse, Dougal, had helped me get started with para dressage, but I really needed a new horse to move on with.
I am now the proud owner of Smithy – a 15year old Dutch Warmblood with an impressive eventing background. Smithy has settled very well at Scropton and I am feeling very confident about our partnership. After only a few weeks we have already been out dressage training, practice show jumping and more hacking than I have ever done before!
I have been enjoying getting more involved with para dressage, and plan to continue with this, but I am also excited about the opportunity to do more jumping with Smithy, and I hope to get involved with RDA show jumping as well as competing locally.
I’ve also got plans for a totally new venture – with Smithy’s eventing background I’d really like to do some cross country too!
Smithy and I are looking forward to our first competition together at the RDA Regional Dressage at Arena UK and we hope to meet some of you there.