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Tuesday, 1st November 2011

Me and Tilly enjoying the Malvern Hills

Quite a few weeks have elapsed since my last diary entry – A busy run up to HOYS and since then an operation on my back to hopefully relieve some of the back pain I have been experiencing this year.

3 year old 15.2hh coloured for sale

In the second week in August we had two new additions to the yard. One is a small intermediate show riding type known at home as Polo and owned by Gill Sharrock. He is a dark bay four year old by a pony stallion out of the large hack mare that she used to show. He came to me unbroken – a cheeky likeable chap who was dying to have something to occupy his mind. He took to his ridden duties like a pro and after only a couple of weeks was trotting and cantering round and school going in a very balanced way. The other addition was a 3 year old 15.2hh coloured gelding that came to me on behalf of a client to be broken and produced and sold on. He is a very attractively coloured horse of a small hunter stamp that again was very easy to break in and get going. He is going to be a great prospect for someone next season to show.

Curtis,the six year old dressage horse belonging to Heather Jeffers is continuing to make great progress and is now showing some really decent lateral work and has just started on his changes. Heather is also enjoying taking him out for hacks round the gallops – he has really settled down here at the yard. We had a few blips in the stable at the beginning when he didn’t like the next door horse invading his personal space which we sorted with some decent boarding and now he is a really happy chappie! We have a clinic here at the yard booked with Charlotte Du Jardin at the beginning of next month (November) and then competitions follow shortly after that. Heather is now back at university so comes up 4 times a week to ride him and the other times she cant make it to the yard we keep his training on track.

Holly on the top of the Malvern Hills

Cambridge is also progressing well with his training and again competitions will be following in November. I know that Holly cant wait!

Buriana Cashel went to the British Show Horse Association Championships where she was 2nd in the Rising Star and then went onto the Championship indoors in the evening where although she was not selected – went beautifully and gave an indication of what we needed to work on for HOYS. She behaved extremely well at HOYS but was just unsettled before she started her show which reflected in the marks. Once she actually set off for her show she went beautifully and did a great gallop but unfortunately standing is a prerequisite at the beginning and this is something we have to work on for next year. As she is so young I am sure this will come with time. The Caldene Arena is a very buzzy arena for any horse even the old stagers.

Bronze Star also went to the British Show Horse Championships – She worked in beautifully and then went into her class and really became very unsettled and finally I decided to retire her from the ring. I have since make the decision that the showing life is not one that she is going to really enjoy to we have decided to breed from her next year. My mum came up with the choice of husband for her – Demonstrator – which I think is a brilliant idea. My all time favourite mare was Broadstone Dee and she came from a small thoroughbred mare and was by Demonstrator – lets hope he is still bright and bouncy for next year as he is now 30 years old – We did check with Tullis Matson where he is standing and apparently everything is still in excellent working order! Fingers crossed!

Jenson (Man of Quality) Cross Country schooling at Aston Le Walls

Jenson (Man of Quality) has continued to go well in the ring and has always produced a faultless ride with the judge. Ruth has now decided to sell him and we are exploring his jumping capabilities. As you will see from the photographs he shows some real talent – we took him cross country schooling to Aston Le Walls a couple of weeks ago and he jumped ditches, logs, steps etc and went happily in and out of the water complexes – so an eventing route would also be another avenue for him.

Daisy (Shybont Navaho Girl) came back to me at the beginning of September to prepare her for HOYS. She went extremely well at HOYS this time – after last year when she became so unsettled, I was very conscious to do plenty of work with her and expose her as much as possible to the Caldene arena during our allocated exercise time – it paid off and she was very settled and finished a very creditable 5th. She has since gone home and Teresa will be carrying on with her throughout the winter with some dressage competitions.

Oldcourt Charlotte – the 14.2hh show pony – that my pupil Katie Morton rides arrived just after the Show Horse championships in preparation for HOYS. This is a very talented combination. I have thoroughly enjoyed schooling Charlotte and teaching Katie – Charlotte is a very good "goer" and Katie is a very talented young rider who has a great competition mindset. I was very proud of them both at HOYS – they did a fabulous show and finished 8th out of a very strong class. Katie is very lucky to have such a great support team behind her, Mum (Debbie), sister (Olivia) and her pony’s co-owner David Slatter who have all put in a fantastic effort this season to make it a memorable one for her – they have had some really great results. A big congratulations!

Andiamo the small hunter I ride for Jan Bull and Terry Johns went well at the Hunter Championships and was 9th in the Small Hunter Final – He always pulls out all the stops at a show and never lets us down – he is a fantastic ride. Jan and Terry have now made the decision to sell him which will give them time to concentrate their efforts on their exciting two year old hunter who was Champion at Ashbourne Show. I have certainly enjoyed having the ride on him for the past couple of seasons and my highlight has to be 4th at the Royal International and riding him in the international arena.

Harry (Thriller) went to the Hunter Show to ride round and seems to love the party atmosphere. We also took him along with four others including Polo (Gill Sharrock’s small intermediate riding type) - having been backed for just a month to Katie Jerrams pre HOYS clinic at Addington. I have to say that Polo behaved in an exemplary manner, thoroughly enjoyed his party and I think would very much like to go to some more please! We always do take our qualified horses to Addington for a breeze up to HOYS each year and when Katie said she had this clinic I jumped at the opportunity. She ran each section as if it was in an actual class at HOYS – we had music, loudspeakers, applause, people crashing down seats and rosette presentations – it was a great simulation of what the horses would have to cope with and all our guys were extremely well behaved. I can thoroughly recommend this for anyone next year and well worth it!

My mum on our walk in the Malvern Hills

Since HOYS I have had an operation to my back to freeze the nerve endings at the base of my spine – I hoping this will resolve my continual back pain although as we speak I am still have bad problems with it. I am now enjoying a few days at home catching up on sleep and all my household matters that have slipped throughout the season – The two dogs have enjoyed long walks and we took my Mum for a ride to the Malvern Hills on what was one of the most clear days this Autumn. The views were breathtaking up on the top!

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