Gary Foggon Helps Prepare Chilli for Her First Event

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary Black Country Saddles launched a competition on their Facebook page to win a lesson with event rider Gary Foggon.

The lucky winner was Becky Bingham from Westwoodside near Doncaster, who travelled to Gary’s Derbyshire yard with her six-year-old mare, Chilli.

Becky bought Chilli as an untouched two-year-old, describing her as ‘a bit wild’, with ambitions to compete in eventing.

An experienced rider, Becky started the grey mare herself and they have been regularly competing in dressage and show jumping while working towards their first event at Frickley Hall.

On winning the competition, Becky was excited to be able to take advantage of the lesson with Gary, who has a particular interest in dressage and eventing, and get an honest view of their progress.

During the lesson Gary helped Becky with her position in the saddle, which by Becky’s own admission needed ‘tidying up’, by encouraging her to sit up and carry her hands higher, enabling her to be more effective in the saddle.

Said Becky: “Gary gave me a lot to think about as I need to break habits that I have gained from years or riding youngsters.” 

They then moved on to working on bringing Chilli up off the forehand by riding circles, transitions and pushing out sideways to help engage her hind legs more.

After her initial shock at winning the competition, Becky was more than happy to make the two hour journey to Buxton. “It was a fantastic experience, I really enjoyed the lesson. Gary was so friendly and put me at ease. I only wish he lived nearer to me as I would have been looking to have regular lessons with him,” added Becky.

As well as the lesson Becky’s prize also included a Black Country Saddles girth and branded jacket and saddlecloth.

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