Im living for your edits lately. Please teach me the ways of drawing hair! You are a magician! These are so lifelike! R.M. Hurmuri is the most gorgeous thing! I cant pick a favourite though those bays have the most stunning coats and that foal! Omg im dying
Thank you so much, Neeve! You have no idea how much this comment means to me ;_____;
When it comes to drawing hair – that was always the thing that took me the most time when I did edits. Using random brushes, million layers... that was frustrating because I might use so much time for one mane for example and it ended up looking wrong. That wasted time almost killed my will to edit anymore even though drawing hair has always been my favourite. One day I was playing with Photoshop and managed to create a brush myself, which I call "zero effort hair brush" With it I'm able to make different kinds of hairs (manes, tails, hoof hairs, horse fur...) in one layer, without changing colours and what's the best thing – so much faster. With this brush I'm able to edit more than I used to when a single pic doesn't eat so much time. I know, the results aren't the best in the world but I can't even expect any better when drawing manes, tails etc is so much faster now and the results are at least better than with my old technique so I'm happy you like them, means a lot to me!
Well you've certainly got it down pat now! It seems i have a photoshop brush to try and steal now!
Im still yet to enter this, but my oh my you're making me nervous to do so because of those cute little faces! I wish you the best of luck! Im sure they'll smash it out as all of them are beyond amazing! From coat to conformation
Ego, a fellow Trakehner i am yet to get my hands on! I just bred myself a Trak x Arab so im kind of into the breed now
Welcome to the dark side I really hope they're graded well & thank you for the well wishes! I think it'd be a great opportunity for promotion and I'm already feeling more involved
I feel like you're far too organised having made entries already...I'm still looking at my huge list of horses and I haven't even picked one yet to enter Desperate Measure really does look like a king, that smooth coat and blue eyes....
Haha! I sort of had a one track mind when I saw the show go up and spent those two days doing these entries Desperate Measures says thank you
So many colourful horses! Your commitment to colour is truly up there. I really like the pose chosen for Vittorio - it has this softness in the head, and just seems to really suit the picture - and think Hellibrawn is a total dreamboat, but I've got to reserve most of my fawning for sir Fragile Ego. I've always stalked that horse and love how much you show him off, and so beautifully too! He has such a lovely coat, though it's always been his head I've been obsessed with, and obviously he'll kill the grading show or the judges have no taste
Thank you so much Color is my commitment! And Ego is my one true love in this life so obviously he gets plenty of pics. I'm really hoping he does well!
So, just a few new faces, hey? No judgment - this is my favourite type of spam! I'm not usually the draft type, but Atlas is making me rethink that. He's so cute and his coat is just Exeter and and Felicitation have such pretty heads, there's just some elegance to them that I can't get over, and I love Made Inkblot's coat - super eye-catching! And then there's all the Selles! I think Provence may be my favourite, but I adore them all. And to wrap up this squeeing coming, I also adore the fact that you're adding more Trakehners and Arabians to your horde - never a bad choice, imo.
Eowyn! I have so, so much respect for your downsizing and your refocusing. I don't think I have the self-control at all for such an undertaking, so I'm just going to live vicariously through you for now. And cry over the fact that living through you does not mean I get to live in your beautiful game. You've always had some of my favourite pictures - you're a queen of soft, atmospheric photos - and this one is just classic Eowyn. So pretty, and Lacona is so lucky to have found a home in your game!
England has a long tradition of the equestrian sport. It is a perfect place for top-class sportsmen and horses. No surprise then that this talented rider has found her home here. Janet Sevujar is a French-born British dressage rider. Together with Valegro, a Dutch warmblood stallion, she has trotted her way into the history books as the National Champion in individual competition and played their part in Team GB’s latest European Championship gold. As a reporter of Horse & Hound, I had a unique chance to spend a day with Janet and share my experience with the readers.
I have arrived at Harbledore Acres, a prestigious equestrian centre not far from Windsor. It offers a wide range of services for riders and horses of all levels and is the training facility for Janet and her pupils. Together with the photographer, we head to the VIP barn, where the most prestigious horses are boarded. We find Janet with Valegro — they are getting ready for the workout.
Horse & Hound: How did your story with Valegro begin?
Janet Sevujar: I bought him when he was four. I’ve never ridden a horse with a power like his. As a youngster, he had a massive canter beat which he literally couldn’t control. Four strides — and he has already made it to the other end of the arena. It took me a while to improve his canter. I still remember those judges saying that he won’t be successful with such paces.
H&H: How wrong they were!
JS: Yes, he is a local superstar now (smiles). But we still treat him like other horses. I mean, he is a stallion but has windows in the stall. He communicates with other horses and goes to the pasture with them. This way he doesn’t think of himself as somebody more managed than the rest. But having such a talented horse doesn’t mean that I don’t look through the sales threads. I’m always looking for a future star. I have high hopes for the horse called LMEC Lametta. She’s a lovely black mare by Dimanche du Tussock. She has great paces and a competitor attitude.
At the same time, as she talks to me, Janet keeps grooming and tacking the horse up.
H&H: Not every day you see a Grand Prix rider doing everything herself. What is it: the attempt to control everything or…?
JS: When I can, I prefer to spend as much time with my horses as possible. But this can be very difficult when you get torn apart teaching, your own workouts and administrative responsibilities (Janet is the Head dressage trainer and facility manager of Harbledore — Ed.). It all takes a lot of commitment and dedication. Of course, I have a team that I fully trust. It is crucial. I know that they will do everything exactly how I want.
In a few minutes, we are back outside walking towards the main dressage arena. The territory of Harbledore can be divided into two parts. The show area has bigger arenas surrounded by cafes and bleachers. The training area is hidden behind the buildings so that the sportsmen can peacefully work at competition days. As we reach our destination, Janet begins the warm-up.
JS: I work on different things with my horses depending on their age and level. A dressage rider should have the mentality of a kindergarten teacher: be patient and make the instructions easy to understand. Then the horse will work with its rider as one unit. Otherwise, they won’t stand a chance. You can always tell when a bond is strong. If there’s lack of harmony, the quality will be poor. Things go wrong when a rider and horse don’t work together.
Watching Janet and Valegro dance in the arena, one will never think that this rider has nearly lost everything.
JS: At the age of 20 I had a nasty fall. I had multiple complicated fractures of both arms. I couldn’t do anything myself for six months. The pain was unbearable. The doctors said that I would never ride again but I decided not to put up with it. I started riding in secret, overcoming pain and psychological barriers. Slowly I went from walking to cantering. The more I got into, the more hooked I became. My goal was not to get back into the saddle but to compete in Grand Prix. William Thompson, my trainer, has influenced me a lot. She built a new version of me and didn’t let to give up. He played a crucial role in having such a successful first season when I came back to shows. He taught me that life is about challenges. We don’t know what’s going to happen but we must pick ourselves up after every failure. If you follow your path, you’ll eventually get where you want to be.
The workout with Valegro is over, but it’s not the time to rest yet. Grabbing some take away from Harbledore Cafe, we join Janet’s pupils in the indoor arena.
H&H: If there was a motto for your teaching, what would it be?
JS: “Perfection is mandatory”. dressage is the most technical sport of the equestrian sports. It is a unique mixture of ballet, athletics and weightlifting. Yes, perfection is above all. Every rider, every judge is a perfectionist. I don’t think anyone has ridden a perfect test yet in dressage. There’s always room for improvement. Any rider, especially at the top level, should have this attitude. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be there. The psychological side is very important too. A rider should remember that they perform in a partnership. There’s a horse to rely on. Support the spirit of your horse and he will fight for you.
H&H: But does this perfect test even exist?
JS: Certainly it does. We all have ridden it in our heard many times. Have we achieved it? No! (laughs) I want to be the best in what I do. The night before a competition, I visualise the test in my head when I go to sleep. And once I ride down the centre line, it’s just me and my horse. It becomes an instinct for me.
The sun is setting as we leave Harbledore Acres. We are so amazed at what it takes here every day to turn the horses and riders into elite, very specialised athletes. But it doesn’t matter how much effort you put unless you as a treat to be able to ride and enjoy what you do.
@Luke-Teth Definitely, both are not compatible. Not a big problem (I can change the eyes mod and ready), but I guess it's good to warn of this. My game stops, the characters move like jumps (I do not know if I explain it well). I've tried removing the Cora's eye mod, and the game works fine.