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Tuesday, 24th May 2011

Sorry folks for not keeping my diary page updated. I have had a rough couple of months personally but am now back on form and back in the groove!

Daldorn Racing Bow competing At Windsor - sold to Adam Wimbourne

My first news is that Daldorn Racing Bow came back to me to be produced for sale. We took him the the College Equestrian Centre for a Royal International qualifier for the Large Hacks and he came a creditable second. He was spotted at this show by Adam Wimbourne who has since bought him and then took him a week later to the BSPS Area 13B Devon and Somerset Show where he was Champion Hack and Reserve Champion Intermediate as well. A very gratifying result. He will be sorely missed on our yard – we loved him as a person and he was a truly fabulous ride but we wish Adam all the success in the world with him.

Buriana Cashel and Holly winning the Novice Intermediate at Windsor

Buriana Cashel has made excellent progress with Holly and her first show was the Novice Hack class at Addington Grass Roots Show where she came second. She then went on to Area 5 at Arena Uk to contest the Intermediate class which she won qualifying her for the Royal International. She then went on to be Champion Intermediate as well which was a great result. She went to Royal Windsor show and competed in the Novice Hack class. She was pulled in second – the atmosphere was a little much for her and she “fluffed” her show and went down to fourth. She went back to Windsor two days later to do the Novice Intermediate class and she went brilliantly this time and came first! It was a great day for us as Holly’s Dad and his girlfriend Mandy came to watch – they are out lucky talismans now! It was Holly’s first big win so we felt it justified in opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate! It was a lovely family day out for us all! Ginny (Toby’s owner) did sterling work for us throughout Windsor and is now joint top show groom alongside Chris Palmer – no mean feat! They are an unbeatable team together!

Bridgit working at home

Bronze Star (Bridgit) went to Four Winds show and came second in the Small Hack class behaving impeccably. We then took her to Area 5 at Arena Uk where she won and went Reserve Champion qualifying her for the Royal International which was brilliant. She will now take a short break until we contest her for some shows in June.





Man of Quality working at home

Man of Quality (Jenson) made his debut this season at Area 8 at Newbury where he was pulled in 1st in the lightweight Hunter class. Unfortunately he showed a little exuberance in the gallop with the judge and put in a little bounce and was relegated to second but I was delighted with the way he went. I have since practiced some extensions with him so that he does not let his joie de vivre get the better of him. We took him to Windsor in the Novice Lightweight Hunter class and again he behaved really well coming a creditable 5th in the strong class. Onwards and upwards he went to Area 4B at Newark showground and he finished 3rd in the lightweight Hunter class – again behaving impeccably. He is still only 5 and has a big frame to grow into – I am delighted with his progress. He really is a lovely ride.

Our beautiful Cambridge!

Cambridge has now come back into work and is slowly starting to get fit again. He is now up to 15 minutes trotting and hacking confidently round the gallops to get fit. He has a great attitude to his work and is a pleasure to deal with. He really is an exciting prospect and we cant wait until he is fully fit so that he can start competing. It is essential that we take time in his fitness work as he is such a huge mover and it is essential that all the necessary steps are taken to ensure that his muscles and legs are good and hard for the work that he will be undertaking.

Cambridge and Toby enjoying the April sunshine together

Toby has been a little angel on the yard – he really is practically perfect. He has been a fantastic nanny to the horses in the field that are insecure and need a mate. He also nanny’s them on hacks. He really is such a sweetheart to have in our yard. Very sadly due to her new job promotion and manic work commitments Ginny has made the heart wrenching decision to sell him. Details of him can be found on the For Sale page. Ponies like him are very hard to come by - he can really turn his hoof to anything and will give someone endless pleasure as he has done for Ginny.

Beautiful Daisy at home

Daisy (Shybont Navaho Girl) came back to me for a month to be prepared for Windsor and to get fit. She went very well at Windsor inspite of all the atmosphere. She was 3rd in a large class of coloureds and will now be contested for the HOYS qualifiers which we have entered for in June. Temporarily she has gone back to her owner Teresa for a couple of weeks after Windsor and will then come back to me for another few weeks to contest these important shows.

Thriller is continuing to make excellent progress in his work and I shall shortly be taking him out to parties to prepare him for his new career in the show ring. His owner Alan Lintott has been very relaxed about his production and has given us no pressure to get him prepared quickly for the show ring which is great. We can take our time and make sure that Harry is confident in his work so that he can cope all the razzmatazz. He really is a stunning ride and I shall look forward to showing him next year.

I have just ridden Deli’s Andiamo for Jan Bullock at Area 4B – it was nice to be back on board him – he came second in a good small hunter class and this has qualified him for the royal International Horse Show. He will continue his qualifiers throughout the season and will also contest the Intermediate Small Hunter qualifiers with Holly – another string to his bow. He is an easy horse to produce and really settles to his job in the ring. He is a really lovely ride and thoroughly uncomplicated – bliss!!

I have been struggling with niggling back pain for some months now and went off to the surgeon at the John Radcliffe at the beginning of April and I am now booked in to have my nerve endings fried again in two to three months time. This was done about three years ago and made a massive difference. There is nothing worse than grinding back pain and living on pain killers so I am really looking forward to having this operation done. Hopefully the waiting list will not be too long.

Some of my pupils have been out and about – Katie Morton and Oldcourt Charlotte have once again qualified for the Pretty Polly at the Royal International – well done. Megan Thompson has been going great guns with her 12.2 and have been consistently winning and being placed. Sarah Neachell and Blue Rondo have started their campaign to qualify for the Retrained Racehorse class and finished 5th at Osbaldeston in a huge class of 29 – congratulations! Also a huge well done to Lucy Wilkinson and Stoke Song who qualified for the first time for the royal International In the Nursery Stakes at Hereford Marches Spring show. Also a big well done to Holly and Buriana Cashel who have their first Royal International qualification.

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