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Tuesday, 31st August 2010

Yes! The home stretch is in sight and HOYS is definitely getting closer. We are having to be very vigilant now with the horses coats as the nights are getting much colder and of course they are drawing in as well. They all have their Snuggy Hoods on now topped up with heavier rugs at night.

A quiet moment with Mille in the Novice Hack class at Bucks County

Bridgit (Bronze Star) and Millie (Buriana Cashel) went to Ponies UK Summer Championships. Bridgit won the HOYS small hack qualifier and was Reserve champion. She is really starting to carry herself now and come up in front. We are now two and half months since she started back into work so her progress has been quite dramatic since we started at the beginning of June. Bridgit will probably go the the British Show Horse Championships now and contest a few classes there - Holly will ride her in the Young Rider Hack class which I am really looking forward to watching. Barry Payne is continuing with her shoeing and he has made a fantastic job with her.

Millie also went to Ponies UK to do the large hack qualifier where she was the only four year old - she behaved beautifully and came 8th in her class. I took her to Ashbourne show the following weekend and she decided to be a girl with a curl! She was pulled in third in a large class - she did a lovely show for me and when Simon Reynolds the ride judge got on her and went into canter she proceeded to put her head between her knees and and show how athletic she is in her back - fortunately he is an extremely capable rider of young horses and coped admirably - I was mortified and we promptly left the ring - she did quite a lot of work after that! Not acceptable hack behaviour! We took her to Bucks County on the strength of that five days later and gave her a lot of work before the class to make sure she didn't do the same thing again and this time she kept all four feet on the ground and went very kindly for Richard Mills the ride judge and Millie duly won the Novice Hack class. I really rate this mare and I think next year she will come into her own - it has taken a long time for her to get her balance as she has such big movement and typically it is always at the end of the season with four year olds that they seem to come into their own. Lets hope she goes well at the Championships!

Jenson competing at Bucks County Show

Jenson is continuing to impress me - we took him to Bucks County - Unfortunately it was one of the wettest days of the season and whilst working him in he lost a shoe. Because the going was soft I thought I would chance it and put him in the class anyway. He went absolutely beautifully and was pulled in second. When the ride judge started to ride him he felt he was a little footsore so we brought him out - a great shame as he went so well. He is going the to Hunter show to do the four year old lightweight hunter class. He has been continuing his jumping and Jo Geddes a great friend of mine has been twice to ride him. She is excellent at producing young horses and we have two great sessions with him. She was impressed with his manoeverability and balance for a four year old and how easy he was to jump so all the flat work has paid off - the four year old year the most important year of a horses life I feel as this is where you can build a very solid base to work from which stays with them.

Puzzle stayed with me for three weeks and he was a lovely young horse to work with with three really athletic paces. He progressed really quickly and I really enjoyed working with him. Hopefully once his owners personal circumstances have sorted themselves out he will return!!!

Cambridge is continuing with his light work - he has a great attitude to his work - I think he has grown quite a bit since he arrived so we have to take that into account in his work regime. He only does two or three light sessions a week.

Denise & Hamish at Equifest Show in the final of the Pairs class - they loved their evening performance!

Toby arrived on 7th August and we have been busy working on making him off the leg and flexible again. He goes on the walker as well as being worked as he needs to be really fit. He naturally does not have a lot of stamina so we have to work really hard on his fitness. He has also been busy continuing his jumping where he really excels! Ginny took him to Equifest and had a great couple of days coming home with lots of rosettes including a red one! It seems to be a very social show and Denise and Hamish also went there and had a great time and you will notice a lovely picture of her in the final of the Pairs class - I am very proud of the pair of them as they have become such a confident partnership. Ginny took Toby to Monmouth for a HOYS qualifier and came 7th out of 22 which was a great result. These classes are extremely hotly contested. He is now getting ready to go to Moreton next Saturday.

Jo riding Claire Heseltines Daldorn Legacy at Bucks County Show - 1st and Reserve Champion

I also had a fabulous ride on Claire Heseltines Daldorn Legacy at Bucks County Show. She asked me to ride him the day before and having produced him for Lady Benton Jones before we sold him to Claire I was very happy to do this. Legacy or Billy as we know him is a really lovely model of a small hack and Claire was keen to get him qualified for HOYS - so no pressure at the show! It was lovely to get back on him and he went really well and won his small hack class and was reserve champion so he is now Birmingham bound as well!

The next two weeks are going to be manic for us with 7 shows in 10 days - Red Bull has been ordered! Will let you all know how we get on!

Saturday, 21st August 2010

Deli's Andiamo - qualified HOYS Small Hunter

Just a brief update for now - I have been so busy with shows and I just need to find a moment to sit down!!

Deli's Andiamo, owned by Jan Bullock and Terry Johns, has qualified for HOYS Small Hunter with his performance at Cotswold Hunt Show.

Katie Morton has had success with Oldcourt Charlotte - champion Home Produced Pony Royal International Horse show. Check out her photo in my successful pupils gallery. Well done Katie!

Blue Rondo - 1st and champion riding horse

And more good news. Blue Rondo, who I produced and sold 3 years ago, now owned by Sara Neachell, was 1st and champion riding horse at ponies UK summer championships qualifying her for HOYS.

I will write more soon I promise!


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