Pipa Gordon

And we’re off…


So, that’s January behind us which means that 2017 has firmly started, no more licking our wounds pretending we are still recovering from festive celebrations, it’s time to get on with things. I know, it’s still bitterly cold though, in fact I’ve just come in from riding and am wearing TWO layers of thermals!!

Pipa Gordon

I have to say I was seriously grateful for the “warm” spell we had the weekend before last as Beth and I made our first acquaintance with dressage. The way it works is that you learn the test and then perform it in front of judges. In a nutshell, a test is various movements in particular directions and stride transitions at specific spots in the arena. Being a real newbie at this, I learned one of the “intro” tests, which is just simple walk and trot, in various shapes and speeds. It was enough that we were travelling to a strange place and in a big scary lorry so I figured one step at a time was the best approach. I have to say, learning a dressage test is much harder than I thought! I borrowed my daughters’ mini whiteboard and have spent hours sitting on the sofa, tapping out my movements with a chalk pen, usually used for writing lists up on the french windows! I am quite sure this must be annoying as I’m chanting “trot trot trot trot trot, waaaalk waaaalk waaaalk, stand 2 3 4 and TROT TROT TROT… do you catch my drift?? What a lovely patient family I have !

Pipa Gordon

We arrived in the bucketing rain and managed to unload without event, other than Beth standing on my foot (the one that is already fractured!). We then went to warm up in the indoor arena before going outside when it was our turn. Within a matter of minutes, when watching others practising their moves, I realised I had learned the wrong test… gulp!! Fortunately however, the judges allowed the moves to be called out to me which really helped, not content with that surprise though, it then turned out we had entered ourselves into the prelim test which is one level higher than intro (including cantering in 20m circles which Beth HATES!). Never mind, I decided to not worry and just do our best. Most surprisingly, we came out with a very respectable 61.9% which I was absolutely thrilled with, Beth was an absolute angel!

Pipa Gordon

Onwards and upwards, I went out with QVC guest and my buddy Beverley Cressman and her horse Minnie just this morning for a lovely ride and I’m doing a jumping clinic with professional event rider Bill Levett on Friday and this time I’m going alone so the challenge will begin with hooking the trailer up to my car single handed!! I’ll keep you posted.

This Works Pillow Spray

In the meantime, as I say to the children, good food and good sleep is what keeps us strong, so I’ll be trying to take my own advice over the next couple of weeks, particularly after having that awful bug a couple of weeks ago. Like any mum, I must sound like an old record sometimes. Myles was in a panto all weekend so it’s been the phrase I’ve definitely most used over the last couple of weeks!! He’s been super wired with excitement after all the late night rehearsals so I’ve been particularly thankful for our Deep Sleep Pillow Spray  which we will be discussing on air lots over the next few weeks as it is our supersize of the month!!

Hope to catch up with you here, on air or via twitter.

Very best wishes and love as always

Pipa x


  1. Deborah Carpenter February 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Welcome to the world of horses, looks like you are really enjoying yourself. You realise there’s no going back once you have horses in your blood don’t you 😉 Well done at having a go at the dressage test ! Hope you and Beth have loads of fun together.

  2. Christine February 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Good for you it looks hard to do that. Practice make perfect. That’s good score for first time enjoy it. Beth looks good.
    Take care X

  3. laura February 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    SOOO proud of you and your beautiful horse-your face must have been a picture when you found out it was the wrong test you learnt-bless you–well done for carrying on anyway and wow you are off to a jumping clinic-good for you-there is no stopping you now pippa- plse post lots of pics and updates xx

  4. Victoria February 8, 2017 at 7:13 am -  Reply

    Laughed out loud at your ‘trot trot trot’ but good luck with your future training.

  5. Susan February 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Well done pops! Congratulations!! Well done Beth! Lovely photos. How’s your foot doing now though? Painful?!x

  6. Jean Pugh February 10, 2017 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Now I love Dressage, I think it is so elegant to watch. With your score you did very well for first attempt. It is all about horse and rider working together.
    Beth is looking well, lovely shine. I am sure she will enjoy it and hopefully the jumping.
    Oh gosh your poor foot, I bet that hurt, I have been there, but not with a fracture which must be painful, poor you.
    I hope your jumping clinic goes well. And both enjoy the Dressage.

  7. Kylie Gottsche February 10, 2017 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Well done dressage is so hard but stimulating for the brain I love it…Beth is beautiful I hope her foot is ok?? Take care enjoy your deserved rest.

  8. martin forbes February 19, 2017 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    happy new year pippa

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