We were honestly overwhelmed by the response to our search for a 2018 Brand Ambassador, and I would like to thank everyone who submitted their applications – you certainly didn’t make my decision an easy one to make! So after much deliberating, I decided to actually have a couple of Brand Ambassadors covering different disciplines. Firstly I would like to introduce you to a Jane Patching who I have been working with on her lovely horses for sometime now.
My name is Jane Patching, a 40 year old, Mum of two from Sleaford. I keep my two horses at Osbournby in a lovely private yard. My weekdays are spent working as a H&S Manager but my weekends (and evenings when the light allows) are spent with my horses.
Firstly, there is my super cob Bob. A skewbald pocket rocket, who is a fantastic all rounder and has taken me to Prelim dressage finals at both Sheepgate and UK Riders in the year that I have owned him. However, Bob has done something far more special than bring home some frillies….he has given me confidence in bucket loads. I regularly show jump him at local competitions and even more than that, he has achieved something no other horse has managed to…..he has taken me over cross-country fences – something I would never have done 12 months ago!…the mere suggestion made me physically sick with fear. I completed my first hunter trial in September and that was an achievement of a whole new level! Bob and I regularly go out to clinics, competitions, pleasure rides within the local area. He is recognised wherever he goes – I like to think its because of his presence and ability….but his knack of being able to pickpocket any unsuspecting stranger for treats and fuss also helps!
We may never be world beaters, but what we show is that we can do anything and we can have a ton of fun whilst we do it. I like flying the flag for the “40 something” mums…..if I can get out and do it, anyone can and why should the kids have all the fun?
I love working with my instructors to improve in each and every discipline – my biggest reason for this is that I owe so much to my horses for the pleasure they bring me, I want to give them the best jockey they can have to give them the best opportunity to develop and enjoy what they do – they are quite literally my therapy!
Bobs plans for 2018 include working on novice level dressage moves to progress and hopefully affiliate by the end of the year. In addition, he is now registered with the TGCA and will be heading out to compete with other like-minded Bobs. He is also starting a new career as my 12 year old daughters pony club pony…….can’t wait to see what he makes of senior camp!
Secondly, I have Jack, my newest acquisition – a 15.1 Connemara. Due to having to “share” Bob, I decided a new member of our little team was needed. My plans for Jack are to spend some time getting to know him at home and then getting him out and about to some low key events to bring on his confidence. I already know he has dressage ability, but we will also slowly start to look at some jumping – I mainly want to use him for dressage, but if he enjoys his jumping then possibly working hunter will sit somewhere down the line.
Welcome to the Team Jane x