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Friday, 24th June 2011

Things have been flying along in the past few weeks and the lorry wheels have been wearing through some serious rubber with all the shows.



Holly on Buriana Cashel - 2nd in her first HOYS
Holly on Buriana Cashel - Champion Hack at Royal Cornwall Show

Holly and Buriana Cashel have been in flying form – we went down to the Royal Bath and West to contest the HOYS large Intermediate show riding type and she came second just finishing 2 marks from the winner. Being such a young mare she is still maturing into her job and we are fine tuning things at every show. She then went on to Midland Counties and really behaved well coming 6th in the qualifier and then we went on to the royal Cornwall show which is her owner Eileen Jenkin’s local show. Here she did the RIHS large hack class which she won and then much to Eileen’s delight went on to claim the championship. This was very special for the Jenkin family as they have never won a championship at the Royal Cornwall and had the opportunity to compete the next day in the Queen’s Cup. Unfortunately Millie showed her exhuberance in the gallop in what was otherwise a faultess performance. Millie then went on to the East of England Show to do another HOYS Intermediate qualifier – she performed immaculately and all the fine tuning seemed to come together – her individual show was excellent. Unfortunately on this occasion the marking for the shows did not follow to the individual horses performance which was very frustrating and horses in the upper placings who performed badly still maintained their high show ride mark – very frustrating as this is supposed to be why there is a marks system. However we have to shrug it off and say that’s showing for you and there is always another day and to be delighted with the way the horse went!

Holly riding Pearl Underwood's Utah at South of England

Holly and I also drove down to the South of England Show where she was lucky enough to be asked to ride Pearl Underwoods Intermediate Show Hunter Utah. Having judged this horse last year at surrey county Show I knew what a treat was in store for Holly when she sat on him. He is the most amazing ride and has the most phenomenal gallop. Holly was pulled in third initially in an extremely large class and then did a fantastic show and after all the marks were added up she won the class claiming the coveted HOYS ticket and then went on to be Reserve Intermediate champion. Checking the marks later we found out that she had been given 49 out of 50 for her show ride mark! This has really boosted her self esteem and it has certainly showed in her riding – she is now riding with more flair and confidence. I have to say a huge thank you to Pearl for giving Holly this opportunity, Leon for believing in her and finally Hannah Horton his usual jockey – thank you for being in the 14.2hh show ponies at the same time! It is not often you find owners like Pearl who give young riders such golden opportunities to prove themselves.

Ruth Serrell's Man of Qaulity - 2nd HOYS

Ruth Serrell’s Man of Quality is continuing to improve throughout the season. We went to Herts County where he won a good lightweight Hunter class – I didn’t actually realise that he had already qualified for the Royal International at Area 8 Newbury at his very first show so was keen to get a win under his belt! We then went on to Midland Counties where he finished a close 2nd in the HOYS Lightweight Hunter qualifier. After that he went onto the East of England – another qualifier in the electrifying main ring – he really behaved impeccably and finished 2nd again in a really strong class. He also contested a huge class at Lincoln County and finished fourth - I was delighted with him because the ride judge came specially up to us and commented on his “absolutely stunning ride”! I am thrilled with his progress throughout the season as he is still only 5 years old and has a big frame to mature into and he is now really settling into his job. It takes at least three to four months with the younger horses from the start of when they come in to get them to where you want them in terms of ride, muscle and condition. Hopefully the results will continue in the right direction!

Shybont Navaho Girl - Champion Coloured East of England

Teresa Water’s Shybont Navaho Girl has been back to stay with me and we went down with Buriana Cashel to the Bath and West where she picked up her HOYS coloured ticket. She really loves the big rings and rises to the occasion. We also took her to East of England where she won her class and went on to be champion of the four coloured classes – a lovely one to go on her CV. So fingers crosses all the preparations go to plan for the run up to the Royal International Horse Show.

Holly riding Deli's Andiamo

Jan Bullocks and Terry Johns Deli’s Andiamo has also been going well. We meet them at the shows and there was great excitement in the camp when he claimed his HOYS small Hunter ticket at Lincoln county this week.

Holly is now going to concentrate on the Intermediate Show Hunter classes with him and try for that ticket as well!

Cambridge is continuing with his fittening work and hopefully by the second week in august we can finally take him off for lessons again. He is the most phenomenal mover and has a great brain – we cant wait to start on his competitive career!

Portia – Lady Benton Jones riding horse is continuing to progress with her work very well. Having had a foal last year it is just taking time to change her matronly shape to be more streamlined and she is not impressed with her Lighter Life diet. She is a lovely quality mare and I am looking forward to hopefully doing some shows with her in August.

Brungrange Toby was advertised on Horsequest on 23rd May and Judith Maxwell from Scotland was the very first person to see him two days later. We were inundated with phone calls for him and inspite of the volcanic ash threatening flights from Scotland – Judith decided to drive 10 hours down to see him – loved him on sight and bought him straight away. He flew through his vetting and then Gillies the specialist Horse Transporters for Scotland came and fetched him 10 days later. He has now settled beautifully in his new home and loving coming back to his roots! I have to confess Holly and I shed a few tears when he departed – he was a lovely person to have on the yard.

Daldorn Racing Bow has continued well with his showing career having been sold to Adam Wimbourne. The week after he collected him he was champion Hack and Reserve Champion Intermediate at a show down south. He then went out to Area 11 and again won the Intermediate qualifier. It gives me as much pleasure to see the horses I sell continue successfully with their new owners. Another of these was Blue rondo and Sara Neachell who have now qualified again for HOYS in the Retrained Racehorse and were Champion Riding horse at Staffs County – well done!

It was also lovely to watch the riding horses at Lincoln County and see my old ride Broadstone Dolce Vita win the Riding Horse Championship with her owner Amy Underwood. Dee looks the best I think she has ever looked. Amy and Dee look the complete partnership - they really create a beautiful picture together – I am a very proud ex-rider/producer!

Thriller aka Harry also continues his young horse education and is now going in a double bridle. I am so excited about him and am itching to get him out and about. Now he is a horse that is another fabulous ride – I am very lucky to have him ticking away in my yard.

I am at present busy scouring the countryside for a 15 hand plaited coloured youngster to produce for next year so hopefully with no shows mid week for the next couple of weeks I can concentrate on this project.

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