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Tuesday, 12th October 2010

September has been a very busy month for Team Bates with the all important run up to Horse of the Year Show as well.

Daisy (Shybont Navaho Girl) and Teresa Waters - Champion Coloured Midarc Finals

Daisy (Shybont Navaho Girl) arrived on 1st September with all her bags packed ready to stay until after HOYS. Teresa Waters her owner has had great success with her since her Champion at the Royal Show with me. She took her to the Midarc Championship Show at Rodbaston College where they were coloured ridden champions and Teresa was able to wear her top hat for the first time and do an evening performance which has been an ambition of hers for a long time! I am lucky to have such amazing owners for my horses who champion our cause but are also very understanding if their horses need more time. We took Daisy to the Royal London Show for her run up to HOYS and she was overall Supreme of the Show winning a purse of £500. She went beautifully on the Sunday night with all the atmosphere and really relished her job. Since then she has been kept ticking over in her preparations for HOYS and her flat work has come on in leaps and bounds. Having a little more intense work with me she has improved in her suppleness and she would be very capable of doing a Medium dressage test now and we had just started doing changes with her before HOYS which she showed a great aptitude for. At HOYS she worked in really well in all the arenas so we decided because she was so good at the Royal London Show that she wouldn't need a vast amount of work. Unfortunately as soon as she went into her class in the Caldene arena she became extremely unsettled and took exception to the noise and "buzz" so unfortunately didn't show herself off very well which is the first time ever for her - very disappointing for all of us as we had quite high expectations of her but lessons were learnt from this and our homework will be thoroughly done for next year!! She has already qualified for the Royal International Horse Show for next year so at least we can mark that one off and look forward to the next season with her.

Bronze Star Reserve Ridden supreme at the Royal London Show

Bridgit (Bronze Star) has also had a busy September. She also went to the Royal London Show which was held at Onley near Dunchurch (only ½ hr away from home). She also came up trumps and won her hack championship and then went on to be Reserve ridden Supreme (Daisy was Supreme) with Holly on board this time. We then took her to the British Show Horse Championships where she was fifth in the Novice Small Hack Class and 4th (with Holly on) in the Young Rider Hack Class. Unfortunately her experience at the Royal London Show, whilst she was so well behaved there, unsettled her for this show and she was rather aware of the noise and atmosphere. I have to remember that she is only 5 years old and still only a baby in her experience so on the strength of the Show Horse Championships Holly and I took her and Cambridge (Holly's 3 year old dressage horse) for a pre hoys work out with other horses the week before HOYS. This was extremely beneficial - She worked in confidently and quietly with all the other horses and gained a really good experience from it. At HOYS she was foot perfect thank goodness going well for the judge, did a lovely show as well. We were pulled in third originally which I was thrilled with and then ended up 6th so really delighted with the result for such a young horse. She has now earned herself a well deserved holiday for a couple of months and will probably campaign the small hack and intermediate classes next year. Interestingly her half brother Scallywag shown by Alan Charlesworth was Reserve in the Cuddy in hand Final at HOYS this year. Scallywag is out of Bridgits mother Bronze Bubble and was bred by Mr Thomas.

Jenson (Man of Quality) has now gone on his holidays until next year. He has had a very rounded education for a four year old and has really earned his break. He is a beautiful ride and was enjoying his jumping as well. Next year when he returns he will hopefully campaign for HOYS qualifiers and will also hopefully carry a side saddle as well. I am already looking forward to getting him back - the yard is very quiet without him!!

Holly on Buriana Cashel - Reserve Champion at the National Show Horse Championships

Millie (Buriana Cashel) went to the British Show Horse Championships where she really shone. She went in the Novice Large Hack class with me and was third. I also entered her in the Restricted Hack class with Holly on board this time where she was second in her class. She then went on to the evening performance of the 1st and 2nd prize winners for the Championship of the Restricted Hack, Riding Horse and Cob classes. She absolutely shone in this championship and really caught the three judges eyes and was pulled up to be Reserve Restricted Champion which we were thrilled with. She loved the atmosphere and really rose to the occasion and I was really proud of both her (as a four year old) and Holly who rode her socks off. I have to admit a tear in my eye - very proud Mum!! Millie has now gone back to her owners Eileen and Desmond Jenkin down in Cornwall for her holidays until next year. I am very excited about her future - she is a real performer when it matters. Unfortunately her owners were unable to come and watch as Desmond had been very ill following on from a operation - thankfully he is making good progress now and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Toby has also been a busy boy. He went to Moreton in Marsh Show for the HOYS M&M qualifier where he finished a very creditable 7th in a huge class. On discussion with his owner Ginny we have now decided explore his love of jumping further and he will now also do the M&M workers. He absolutely loves his jumping and he has really upped his game and now has a real spring in his step. I took him to Addington Pre HOYS Working Hunter show to do the clear round. Jo Geddes kindly rode him - he was a little awestruck in the first round - I don't think he was expecting to jump at all and it rather caught him on the hop but by the second round he flew round with just the one down. He will now throughout the winter go on and do the eventing days and do some show jumping as well. I have also taken him hunting which he absolutely loved and was in his element! He is certainly a reformed character and now works with a real smile on his face! I have to say I am really enjoying getting back into my jumping again - you never know he may even do a pre novice event as well next year!

Steph and Marguerite Lodge

Hannah (Marguerite Lodge) went to the British Show Horse Championships with Steph her owner riding her. She was 8th in a very large class of Novice large riding horses and then she went on to be 2nd in the Young Rider riding Horse Class which again was a very large class. She went absolutely beautifully going round and I was very proud of the way Steph rode her - Check out her photo!! She has also gone back home until next season where Steph will just quietly (hopefully!) keep her ticking over.

Deli's Andiamo - 6th Small Hunter HOYS
Deli's Andiamo - 8th Small Hunter - National Hunter Championships

Deli's Andiamo (owned by Jan Bullock and Terry Johns) the 5 year old small hunter has really turned out to be a real superstar. I would also like to credit Pip Edwards from Cornwall for breeding such a lovely horse. At the National Hunter show he went through to the final judging in the evening performance. Throughout all the atmosphere and applause he behaved immaculately and finished 8th which I was delighted with. At Hoys he went one step better and again went through to the final judging in the main international arena. He didn't put a foot out of place, really stepped up his game and finished 6th. This is a real success story for this horse who was a bit of a rebel as a youngster but thankfully had Terry and Jan to take him into hand and steer him in the right direction. With hard work and a lot of patience this little horse has come good - it just goes to show in the right hands these more intricate horses will go on and shine. He is a fantastic ride and hopefully we will all be able to enjoy another season with him. Terry and Jan are great people to work with - they produce him at home and bring him along for me to ride at the shows. We all sit down and discuss his progress and work out what needs to be done - it really has been a great team effort and we have all had an enormous amount of fun which is what it is all about.

Ronnie (Blue Rondo) who I sold to Sara Neachell arrived just after the British Show Horse Championships for a weeks pre HOYS schooling while she and her husband went on holiday. I absolutely love riding Ronnie and it was so nice to have him back on the yard. We have missed his friendly face and he quickly slotted back into his old routine. He qualified for the Retrained Racehorse class and the Large Riding Horse class at HOYS. I was able to watch him working in the night before the retrained race horse class at HOYS and then watch him in his class. He went beautifully for Matthew Lawrence the ride judge and finished 4th - a brilliant result - well done Sara!!!!

My other pupil Katie Morton and Oldcourt Charlotte have been coming for regular lessons in their build up to HOYS. Charlotte is another one to react to atmosphere and was just not able to totally relax in her class in the Caldene Arena at HOYS - the Search for a Star Final - However Katie really showed how she has come on in her riding - she really reacts well to situations and coped with Charlotte admirably. They were pulled in first in their class but Charlotte was not able to stand still for long periods and became unsettled so they were dropped to third. They are really are a combination to watch out for because once Charlotte has learnt to hopefully stand still in these situations I think they will be unstoppable because the pony is a real performer and really moves.

Sandrose Silk has arrived back in the yard for Holly to produce and sell. She came back just after the National Hunter Championships - I think she was glad to have her foal weaned at long last! She is delighted to be back in work and is already starting to look like the dressage horse she was. She is a beautiful horse with a fabulous paces (She was 4th in the Badminton International Dressage Horse Championships in 2008) She is by Sandro Hit. You can see more detail on Sandrose Silk on my horses for sale page.

Cambridge (Sir Donnerhall 3 year old) has also been quietly progressing in his work. He only works 2 or 3 times a week. We did take him to Addington to ride round with all the others for a pre HOYS warm up. I was very interested to see how he would cope with lots of other horses in the indoor school - he was absolutely fantastic and I know now that we have a very special horse on our hands - roll on 2011!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my team which includes James Hiatt (farrier) Mark Lucey (vet), Barry Payne (farrier) Ellen Stanwell (chiropractor), Annabelle Galt (Horse Physio), David Slatter (Horse Transport), Mark Slingsby (Equine Dentist) and of course Holly and Chris Palmer for all their hard work this season - I cannot do my job without all their help and support - from the bottom of my heart - thank you!!!!

Also I would also like to thank my fantastic owners who support us with some lovely horses - we cant do it without you!!! thank you!!!

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We have a busy winter lined up with horses coming in to be sold and to be broken in so will keep you all up to date with that! I am also happy to do clinics etc as well.

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