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Saturday, 31st July 2010

Yet another busy month for Team Bates.

Shybont Navaho Girl champion coloured at Royal Festival of the Horse

Shybont Navaho Girl (aka Daisy) arrived at end of June to stay with me a month. We trooped off to Midlands CHAPS show on 3rd July where she was 2nd and Reserve champion Ridden coloured in the morning. The following week we went to the Royal Festival of the Horse where she was Champion Coloured overall - a fantastic result - she went beautifully and really rose to the occasion. She also on this occasion beat the infamous Humdinger! We are all very proud of her - the precious princess had a well deserved few days off and then resumed normal work during which time I cracked on with her jumping which she really loves and shows a great aptitude for - Teresa her owner went off for her weeks holiday leaving Daisy in my charge - We only had a five texts during this time which was very good on Teresa's part! She really misses her when she is not at her home so regular updates are very important to keep her in the loop.

Buriana Cashel competing at Royal Festival of the Horse

Buriana Cashel (aka Millie) went off to her first proper show at the Royal Festival of the Horse in the large hack class and was very well behaved with everything going on and came 6th in a very good class. She then went on to the New Forest Show where the atmosphere was buzzing - again she was very good and came 3rd. I am very pleased with her progress as she is only 4 years old. She will do two or three more shows with us and then probably go back to Eileen and Desmond's farm in Cornwall to have some well deserved time off to grow on for next year.

Holly and Sandrose Silk in winning form at Royal Festival of the Horse

Holly led Sandrose Silk and her foal Fleur at the Royal Festival of the Horse in the Lightweight Hunter broodmare class and "Sassy" won and the foal was second. They are going to Blakesley show next - great education for a young foal. "Sassy" is coming back to us in the Autumn after her foal is weaned to be sold. Holly understands that Anne her owner has to sell her but hopes that there is an owner out there who would let her keep the ride on her. She was 4th in the Badminton International Dressage horse of the Future as a five year old.

Jenson has suddenly matured and grown up - we have been doing some jumping with him and he really enjoys it - sometimes his brain is quite a long way from his feet but there is a really decent jump in there and with the small amount we have done he shows a great attitude - he has such a good canter - I think once he gets the hang of everything there will be no stopping him! We took him to Bakewell Show on 3rd August in the Open Lightweight Hunter class and he came up to third being the only four year old in the class. He had some very complimentary comments from the judges who couldn't believe that he was four years old and thought with his ride that he was 5 or 6 years old so Ruth (his owner) and I were very proud of the way he handled himself. We keep him on Blue Chip Karma at shows which seems to keep him nice and mellow! Holly did a great job of riding him in before his class and tuning him up for me as I was busy riding Andiamo for Jan Bullock in the Small Hunter qualifier.

Deli's Andiamo - qualified HOYS Small Hunter - Cotswold Hunt Show owned by Jan Bullock and Terry Johns

Andiamo has changed beyond all recognition - Jan has really done her homework since the Three Counties - He has been on a strict diet - Saracen Horse Feeds Shape up which seems to have worked toning him up and then Terry Johns (Jan's partner) and Jan have refined the ride on him so that he is much more of an Open ride now. He really gave me a lovely ride at Bakewell - no spooking at the banners this time and his in- hand show was foot perfect. We just missed out on qualifying him for HOYS. Big pat on the back to the pair of them!!! I am delighted to have the ride on him and am looking forward to the next few shows.

Bronze Star - 1st and Reserve champion Ponies UK Summer championships

Bronze Star (Bridgit) has been a little hero! David Slatter kindly took me with his lorry to Wincanton on 10th July to do the small hack class where she was 2nd - very pleased with that result. Holly and I took her down to the royal International Horse Show and she came 5th in her class which I was very proud of. She has only been back in work two months and has done four shows in that time so a very creditable result. She is improving all the time. Many thanks to the team for helping to get her there - Barry Payne, Mark Lucey Ellen Stanwell and Annabelle Galt and of course not forgetting the most important person Holly!

Cambridge and Holly have continued to make steady progress and they are building up a great relationship together. He really is coming into his own character on the yard. We have changed his stable so that he can look out of a window as he really didn't settle on the other side and he is a very happy horse now and become very confident. He is much better about Holly getting on him now and is not so nervous. We took him for a lesson at Rhett Birds on the 18th July and he didn't put a foot wrong. He is so keen to please and tries so hard - very excited about him for the future. He only works two or three times a week and goes on the walker and he loves going out in the field. He is very happy to work round the show jumps in the arena. He is a horse that has to trust his rider - a real lady's horse.

Tilly - Holly's new puppy

Other news is that we went off with James Hiatt the farrier to get Zac's feet trimmed. He is thoroughly enjoying his holiday out in a 30 acre field with about 20 other hunters and he will come back in September to see what the next stage is. While we were there we saw some lovely Lakeland/Jack Russell puppies (8 weeks old) - need I say any more!! Tilly is now Holly's own dog and the new addition to the family and she is a real character. It took a few days for Skye to accept her but now they are firm friends and have great games together - I think Tilly will help to keep Skye young!

My other most exciting news is that my pupil Katie Morton was Champion Home Produced pony at the Royal International Horse Show - I was so proud of them - she is a great gutsy little jockey with a good competition temperament. Charlotte her pony is a fabulous mover and goer - I think we all had tears in our eyes when she got the championship. She has also qualified for Search for A Star at HOYS so fingers crossed for that. They have come such a long way from when I first saw them in July 2009 and they asked me my opinion on the pony and what to do with it!!!! Great credit must also go to her long suffering Mum and sister Olivia and also Dave Slatter - all part of the much important team.

My lorry has had to go to hospital for a bit and I think it will have to go again for some rehab at the beginning of September so in the meantime David Slatter has very kindly lent me one of his lorries so that I can keep the show on the road. A million heartfelt thanks for this - I couldn't have managed without his help.

Puzzle and Holly - new horse owned by Mandy Holloway just arrived for schooling and sale

I have a new horse that has arrived for sale belonging to Mandy Holloway. He is a 16.2 skewbald middleweight horse - by Dexters Puzzle (by Dallas) a four year old that is a really athletic mover and has fabulous paces. We have trimmed him up, pulled his tail - just the photos to go and you can all see what he is like. He is a very impressive horse and has a great attitude to his work - also likes his jumping. He would have a variety of jobs that he could do - he has fantastic paces for dressage and can also jump well.

Ginny Duncans highland pony Toby is coming back to stay for a couple of months - she is very busy at work so has little time to keep his fitness up to date so we will be busy progressing his jumping career as well - perhaps she will let me go cubbing on him and then hunting!!!

Holly has also fitted in grooming for Rhett Bird at the Hartpury CDI dressage which she loved - this is the second time she has groomed for Rhett - he is very lucky as she is very organised and is great at turning out the horses!!! I know she was chuffed to bits to be asked and it is a great opportunity to watch top level dressage.

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