Hi everyone! I’d like to introduce myself; I’m Lauren Allin and me and my little dude Pogo (or The Aviator as he’s registered) have qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in the BE100 section for the first time! I’m a 24 year old university student, in my 2nd year of studying Footwear Design at De Montfort University Leicester.
I am extremely lucky to have a wonderful mother, Hazel Allin, who owns and runs a riding school and livery yard in Ruddington, Nottingham. This means while I’m away working hard to get my degree she is able to keep the little man going at home. I try to get back as much as possible but with such an involved course it’s hard to get away, that’s where the support from my family and friends is invaluable.
Pogo is an eight year old sports horse by the coloured stallion Acado, he was bred by a friend of ours to be brought on as a competition pony but he grew. At 15hh he’s not massive but try telling him that, his lack of height is made up for with personality! Mum and me have had Pogs since he was five and have worked on him together, she has been the dressage diva and I’ve been the crash test dummy! Luckily he hasn’t been any trouble when it came to jumping, the only times we’ve struggled is when he’s been a little too keen and got himself into sticky situations, buy thankfully nothing puts him off and he learnt pretty quickly.
Last year was a fantastic one for Pogo, in his eventing he managed five top five placing’s out of seven starts, qualifying twice for Mitsubishi Motors Regional Finals but only needing one to qualify! We qualified at the British Eventing Shelford Manor (2) in August with a 24.3 dressage score and nothing to add, coming third. I was so chuffed with him as his show jumping has previously been our downfall but he didn’t touch a thing. With mum he also qualified and went to Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in the coloured class – multi-talented pony! He also spent four days at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials taking part in the side saddle displays with our team ‘A Bit On The Side’ which we do every year and is a great experience.
Getting training in has been difficult, but a lot of back and forth and meeting in the middle for me and mum is happening to try and get prepared for the champs! We are extremely fortunate to have the wonderful Vale View Equestrian Centre 20 minutes’ drive away where Caroline Moore teaches, I’ve been trying to fit in monthly sessions with her to keep us both tuned up. Luckily my course finishes on April the 7th, which gives me just under a month for some serious boot camp before we head to the Badminton Estate. I like to think we could do well, but as we all know with this sport, it’s not all that easy. Pogo is about ready to go BE Novice now so this will be the perfect test for him before I make that step up. Bring it on!
You can follow me on Instagram @lozzallin to watch our progress and training.
Pogo is quite the character so there is often many videos and photos of him being a fool!
Thanks for reading!
Lauren Allin and Pogo.