It’s not all horses!!

image                         Paul and I are members of the Hertford County Yacht Club and on Sunday Paul took part in the first Laser race of the season. It was for the Phoenix Marine Trophy. And I am delighted to report that he won this race, and he was over the moon as it was his first ever win! I was there in my support role and as club photographer so as I said we don’t just do horses there are other things that go on  in our lives!

but I must say it’s a bit like going to a horse competition there’s all the tacking up, warming up,  race itself, untacking,  washing down, putting away, all before you can go and get a cup of tea!! 



Zak and Arthur Kottas

Lovely write up in the local paper for Zak this week – I thought I should share it with you.


“Local Chauncy school boy Zak Layton-Elliott (14) of Contessa Riding Centre was invited to attend a dressage clinic with the world renowned Herr Arthur Kottas (former First Chief rider in the Spanish Riding School of Vienna) last week. The clinic was held in Guildford, Surrey and Zak took his new Lusitano dressage stallion Riacho that he has had since October 2015, Zak is extremely lucky to have this horse who was the Spanish reserve team horse for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Zak had to preform some very difficult dressage movements and ride to a high standard, normally these clinics are just for professional riders and trainers but as his Mother Tina Layton-Elliott has been training with Kottas for over 25yrs he was invited to attend as he shows a lot of talent and dedication to the sport. Kottas gave him much praise and encouragement along with some great advise and help with Riacho.”
Contessa also had two other riders attending the clinic, Louise Clark and Joao Cavaco that also did very well for The Master!!