Jenny George’s Lead-up to Badminton Horse Trials

We spoke with Lavenham sponsored Event Rider Jenny George to talk about how she is preparing in the lead up to Badminton Horse Trials. Jenny is returning to Badminton for the third time and will be riding Oscar a 13 year old, 16.3 Grey Gelding and competing in Class BE100.



How are preparations coming along for Badminton?


After a late start to the season we have finally got going! I had a good first outing at Gt Witchingham coming 9th, however our show jumping was a bit rusty and I had 2 down.  I have since done a bit of grid work with Oscar to sharpen him up over the fences. On Sunday I went to Keysoe and had a great dressage score of 23 (77%) and double clear to win the class by 8.5 marks so that was a great confidence boost.  He jumped really well cross country so I was thrilled with him. 


How will you be preparing over the next few weeks?


Last year Badminton did not go to plan so I have a few things that I would like to practice that will probably be on the course this year.  A good friend of mine has made a white house looking fence (which Oscar took an aversion too last year) they have had a white house on the course for the past two years so I think there is a strong possibility it will feature this year. I am planning on hiring a course that is quite local to me to put the house on undulating ground as per the one two years ago.  I will also ask some friends to meet me there and try to create a crowd like atmosphere next to the water and coffin fence which is usually where the crowds gathers. 


Badminton features a much larger crowd than the usual events that I compete in so I am not sure if this could have been a factor last year. I will also hire a show jumping course to jump a bit bigger, the course at Badminton is 10cms bigger than the usual 100 classes so it is a good idea to practice this away from home conditions.


When you arrive at Badminton how do you prepare?


I will arrive at Badminton the day before my dressage test. On arrival the vet will check over Oscar and look at his passport and check his microchip number is correct. I will then get his stable ready (they have lots of temporary stables that are all undercover) and take him there to settle him in.  After a few hours I will take him for a leg stretch and little ride as the journey will be about 4 hours.  After riding him I will let him have a few hours to relax and chill out.  There are scheduled cross country course walks with professionals if you wish to go on them.  This year Yogi Breisner is doing one which I am planning on attending, he is the Chef D’Equipe for Great Britain and is responsible for choosing and instructing the Olympic teams so that will be a very interesting course walk.  I usually walk the course 3 or 4 times so I know my exact routes that I am planning on taking or alternatives that I can take if things do not go to plan.  


Do you get nervous before you are about to compete and how to you settle your nerves?


I do not normally get nervous before I compete however as Badminton is such a prestigious championship I am bound to get slightly nervous before I go.  If I am later to go in the section (it is a drawn order) I will go and watch a fence if I am particularly worried about one or a difficult combination fence.  It is nice to see how other people are riding it and it usually settles my nerves to see other people jumping the fence well (or it can give me an idea of how not to jump it!) The last two years I have taken the dogs for a nice walk very early in the morning around the course, I like having a final walk on my own so that I am confident and can imagine exactly how I will ride every fence.


What is your schedule of events for Badminton?


The order for Badminton is usually a drawn order, there are 88 qualified combinations that have entered my section.  I will find out closer to the event which day my dressage is on. I seem to always get drawn in the first half of a class so I am expecting my dressage to be on Tuesday 5th May (there will probably be around 60 combinations doing the dressage on the Tuesday and remaining on Wednesday morning) this will be followed by show jumping and then by the cross country on the Wednesday.  I get tickets to the main international event which takes place Wednesday afternoon through to Sunday. I will probably stay for the Thursday and Friday dressage and walk the International course on Thursday evening and then come  home Friday afternoon to watch the cross country on TV on Saturday!


Thank you Jenny and Good Luck!


Badminton Horse Trials takes place on Tuesday 5th May – Sunday 10th May, we will post updates of Jenny’s progress in the competition.



This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Event Rider Jenny George – Round up on the first event of the season


Saturday was my first event of the season and Oscar and I were looking forward to getting started!

It was our first competition since September when we qualified for the Badminton Grassroots that is held in May.  Oscar was very relaxed in the warm up considering it has been a while since he has been in that environment and continued to behave well in the arena to score a very pleasing 30 penalty points (70%)and was in 2nd place after the dressage.

Show jumping is usually our strongest phase however it was our weakest on Saturday, I felt a little rusty in the ring and had a very unfortunate 2 poles down which incurred us 8 penalty points to be added to our score. I was very pleased with how he jumped, and was looking forward to going cross country.

Oscar was his usual excited self as soon as I made my way up to the start box it was difficult to hold on the starter’s countdown! He flew out the box and settled into a good rhythm across country and felt very confident around the course. I had planned on a slightly longer alternative route to one of the fences however as I had 2 fences down in the show jumping, I decided to go direct for the bigger question and he really took the bigger fence on so I was pleased.  I anticipating a few time faults as it was our first outing of the season however we came home dead on the optimum time of 4minutes 37 seconds.  I was pleased as did not have to push him for the time so shows his fitness levels were good.

I was delighted to find out that I came 9th, which was very good considering his 6 month holiday from competitions.

I am now looking forward to our next competition which will probably be an unaffiliated ODE at Keysoe in a couple of weeks – Only 5 weeks to go to Badminton


Event Rider – Jenny George

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Guest Blogger – The Fashion Ache


Pictured above the Rougham Ladies

We all know the British weather can be a little unreliable, but even so when it comes to rain jackets, I’m not usually one to don them. I’d rather take the risk and get blown about with an umbrella in the wind. However, when it comes to Lavenham Jackets, the English quality clothing brand (since 1969) appears to have been kicking up a storm – and providing stylish, weather-proof jackets to brace it in – and I’m ready to run into the rain in one.

Lured in by this bright little Rougham Ladies number, at £245 the price is a little steep – but totally worth it. This isn’t a throw-away rain coat, far from it. It’s a jacket for life. Flaunting glorious quilted stitching, a light-weight canvas, an adorable handy hood, gunmetal zipper and dropped hemline, it’s a classic jacket that will stand you in good stead – especially when it comes to the changing trends. With its sports luxe draw-string hood, it’s a great piece to pair with your casual, laid-back wardrobe. Think luxe, slogan tees, the new season’s faded, ripped jeans and your favourite battered sandals or kicks. And, a pair of sunglasses of course – for when the sun finally decides to shine.

Showcasing a line heavy in luxurious quilted styles, with the occasional faux fur or corduroy collar (and in delectable pastel shades for spring/summer), Lavenham Jackets don’t fail to wet your sartorial appetite for something a little more laid-back. It’s a brand that not only offers superior quality country clothing, from horse-rugs to jackets and accessories, but a brand that offers this quality in style. Every stage of the products’ production is meticulously overseen to ensure the fluency and consistency of their design, using British materials to face the very British weather in. This is tradition with a contemporary twist at its best.


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This entry was posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 11:01 am

Behind the Collection – Lavenham Spring/Summer 2015


Pictured above the Harkstead Ladies and the Harlow Mens

For Spring 2015 Lavenham has drawn inspiration from the British Coastline, with a focus on Dungeness in Kent. Dungeness also know as Britain’s only desert offers a unique and unspoilt landscape.


Pictured above the Mickfield Men’s Packable


The Men’s collection took a direct influence from the colour of the vintage fishing boats, the duskier tones represent the old lighthouse that overlooks the Dungeness Coastline. The collection has used a range of Cotton Canvas, Chambray and Polyester that has been quilted with a lightweight interlining making the pieces ideal for spring through to summer.

View the Men’s Collection


 Pictured above the Rougham Ladies


The women’s collection has been inspired by the botanical tones with pops of colour influenced from the wild flowers on the coastline. From a Lemon Cotton Canvas to a Polka dot Chambray, the range features lightweight fabrics ideal for spring and taking you into the warmer summer months.

 View the Women’s Collection

This entry was posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Guest Blogger – The Grey Fox



Entering its forty-sixth year, Lavenham can claim to be on the proud list of classic British clothing manufacturers. Starting in 1969 making quilted horse blankets, it branched out into country clothing; the quilted waistcoats and jackets, much loved by the riding and country set. But things have developed further and the company has had collaborations with Kenzo, Look Mum No Hands, Hackett and others. New owners, Fred Perry, see a worldwide market for the brand and it’s good to see another British manufacturer taking such an ambitious approach.

Always keen to support British menswear companies, I tried one of their jackets, choosing something a little different from their usual offering of stylish nylon quilted coats. The Harlow is faced with British tweed. Modelled on a blazer shape, it has patch pockets, a quilted lining and a soft-shouldered and generous cut that makes it both comfortable and practical to wear with layers in cold weather. A good alternative to a pea coat or waxed jacket, it retails at £243 (reduced from £325) and, like the rest of the range, is made at their Suffolk factory.

This jacket is now the first thing I reach for if there is a chill in the air. I’d like to have seen internal pockets for wallet, phone etc, but this isn’t a deal breaker for me. This is a versatile coat, which I’ve found to be very much at home on city streets or in the country.

Lavenham is proud of its British heritage and its origins in the equine world of Suffolk. As with so many brands that started by making practical, working products, the result has been clothes that are well-tested in use and with the addition of a bit of stylish design, have translated successfully into an attractive collection that’s a little different and fun to wear. British materials are used wherever possible and design and manufacture are kept in-house. I’m sure that, under its new owners, Lavenham will preserve the very English nature of the brand.

See Lavenham to find out more, or to buy.

By The Grey Fox

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 2:09 pm