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Friday, 11th May 2012

Just an update for everyone! Fantastic news! Thriller (aka harry) owned by Alan Lintott has just won the Novice Riding horse at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. This is a really prestigious title to win and a great start to Harry’s career under saddle. He went fantastically and coped with all the razzmatazz extremely well for a young horse. He loves all the attention! Very proud of him and thanks to all the team for helping get such a great result – cant do it without you! Also to Charlotte Dujardin for helping me with his training – massive thank you! It was the earliest start yet – 1.30am but worth it!

Thriller owned by Alan Lintott winning the Novice Riding Horse at Windsor

Saturday, 5th May 2012

Well its certainly been a busy two months!! Understatement!! I think our summer was in March when we all stripped down to our T shirts and then April came along with torrential rain, wind and of oh those wretched chilblains again!!

The horses have all been out busy competing and going well. My lorry has had a complete new floor put in for the horse bit which has given me great peace of mind and a rather large cheque to cover it! I have also been busy teaching which I find very satisfying and my pupils are enjoying success at shows.

Holly and Cambridge at Addington Premier League
Holly and Cambridge at Addington Premier League

Starting with our own horse on the yard – Cambridge! He has proved to be a little or rather large star!. He was unable to contest the young horse qualifier at Myerscough due to a bruised foot which took about three and half weeks to settle down. We took him and Heather Jeffers Curtis off down for a lesson with Charlotte Dujardin who has been helping us throughout the winter. She has been inspirational in her training and has really helped set Cambridge on his way. Our first young horse qualifier was at Aston Le Walls for the Moloh Badminton Young Dressage Horse qualifier which he won on 80% so that will take him through to the final on 25th July at Badminton. Next stop was Kingswood Equestrian Centre for the Shearwater Potential International 5 year old Qualifier. This was held in torrential rain and wind and tested the stamina of all those involved. He proved to be a star in these conditions and just dug deep and got on with it. There are some benefits fo not having an indoor school to nestle in as our horses have to work out in all weather conditions and cope! To our delight he also won this class on 80% by a margin of 5% so this has qualified him for the National Dressage Championships in September. We have just taken him to Addington Premier League show to do the Young horse qualifiers for Hickstead at the Royal International Horse Show in July. He was 2nd in the National 5 year old class on 78.2% despite being rather spooky and then came 3rd in the International 5 year old qualifier on 77.6% and this has completed his qualification for all the young horse qualifiers we are contesting. A rather fabulous few weeks and exciting times ahead. A huge thank you to Charlotte for being top trainer!

Fair and Square 1st and Res Champion Riding horse College EC Spring Show

Fair and Square (aka Sexy Rexy!) went to his first show at the College Equestrian Centre Spring Show. All his family (the Welby’s) came to watch in force. He originally came to me as a bit of a problem child and it has taken me a long time to get through to him and improve his rideability. He was a star on this occasion and behaved beautifully. He had a probationary judge ride him first and then the official judge rode him last. Whilst being rather surprised that this was done this way round as he was called in first, to his credit it did not deter him and he went well for both riders. He won his class and then went on to be reserve champion riding horse and this has now qualified him for the Royal International Horse Show at his first attempt with me as a riding horse. Previously he was competed as a small hunter but we felt that he was far too elegant for that job and I think the photo says it all!

Thriller - Champion Riding Horse BSPS Area 5

Thriller has also been going well. He went to the Grass Roots show at Addington and competed in the Novice riding horse class. He went amazingly on the way round and I was really pleased with him. We were called in first! Unfortunately with the ride judge he became a little cheeky in his canter strike off and then became a little strong so was rightly demoted from the top slot - young horses can do this to you and they are not machines – He does need to take note that it is not the time and place to show off with the ride judge! We took him the Three Shires BSPS Area 5 spring show at Arena UK. What a Day!!!! Absolutely torrential rain again and wind. Fortunately his class was held indoors but somehow we still managed to get soaked! He was pulled in first and this time was a well behaved boy for the ride judge and also the probationary judge (Leon King) and went on to win his class and then take the riding horse championship! Result!! Next stop Windsor!

D’Astaire (aka Fred) and Averil went off to their first show at the Grass Roots show at Addington. They competed in the Amateur large riding horse. Fred is a dream to produce as he needs minimal working in, has a rock steady brain and gets on with his job with a smile on his face. He went beautifully for Averil and won his class and then went on to take the Amateur riding horse championship – what a pair of stars. They make a very good picture together and his next show is the large riding horse class at Windsor.

Daldorn Ecstacsy - Reserve champion Novice at Addington

Daldorn Ecstasy arrived in the second week of March. We quickly completed his MOT of teeth, back, shoeing etc and have been busy getting him fit for showing. I broke him in as a late three year old over the Christmas period and then he was turned away for his four year old year to grow on. He has an excellent temperament and is great to work with. He has excellent balance and cadence and it is a question of quietly strengthening him up. I took him to Addington Spring show to ride round and see what he thought of it all. This was just 3 weeks after he had arrived so it was quite a big ask! He proved to man up to the job in hand and was very straight forward. I then took him three weeks later to the Grass Roots show again at Addington to do the Novice Hack class. He was impeccably behaved with me and the ride judge and won his class! He then went on to be Reserve Novice champion. A real dude! We took him to Three Shires BSPS Area 5 a week later to do the large hack RIHS qualifier. His class was held outdoors in absolutely torrential rain. To his credit he really did not put a foot wrong and was a very creditable 2nd. It took two days for all our clothes and horseware to dry out and I gained a cough and cold from there!

Ronan the conemara stallion has been making steady progress and his next stop is the conemara stallion grading at the beginning of May at Bury Farm. Unfortunately he has just bruised his foot so fingers crossed this sorts itself out in time. So frustrating!

Rocaille Etoille - 148cm 5 year old show pony

Polo (Rocaille Etoile) has arrived back on the yard. He has now been measured at 148cm so can do the 148cm show ponies and the small intermediate show riding type as well as another string to his bow. He is being produced to sell so please feel free to message me about this outstanding 5 year old.

Curtis and Heather are also continuing to make good progress and they joined in for the trek down to Charlottes for a lesson – they came back inspired and have continued to improve enormously. Heather is busy sorting out music so that she can do the Novice freestyle qualifiers and then she wants to crack on with the elementaries.

Our lovely Skye

During all this busy period we had one very sad time. We lost Skye our wonderful collie. She has always been so active and looked so well. Recently we did notice that she had slowed down somewhat but we put this down to her age (12) and thought that this was probably quite normal. One sunday morning she coughed up a small clot of blood so the next day we took her off to the vets and she stayed in overnight for some routine xrays just to check everything was ok. The vet thought she was in fantastic nick for her age and indeed thought she was considerably younger. Imagine our shock when the vet rang up the next day to tell us that skye had a very aggressive form of lung cancer and she was riddled with nodules all over her lungs and that at most she only had a month to live. In actual fact she only stayed with us another 8 days. Fortunately this was in the sunniest period of March so she was able to scamper round and enjoy her usual morning duties of helping putting the horses on the walker and checking on Tilly. Tilly would spend all her time hanging off her tail and annoying her and Skye was amazingly long suffering! She was a very special loving dog who has left a very big gap in our lives. Tilly has some very big paws to fill! Fortunately she has really upped her game and although really missing her chum is busy making her mark in our everyday life.

Holly has also been enjoying her ridden showing side as well and was lucky enough to be asked by Claire Cooper to ride Whalton Razzmatazz in the large intermediate show riding type at BSPS Area 5. This is a mare by Kilvington Scoundrel and who is normally ridden in small hack classes by Charles Le Moignan. She was 3rd at HOYS last year in the small hacks. Claire thought that she would also be able to do the intermediate job as well as the hacks this year. Holly immediately gelled with the mare and Razz really appreciated Holly’s quiet positive style of riding. They won their class and then went on to be overall intermediate champion! Holly then took her in the RIHS small hack qualifier and she won this class and then went on to be hack champion. What a day! Three championships for our team! Unfortunately Charles is out of action for a while as he has broken his heel but we wish him a very speedy recovery. Razz and Holly will contest the HOYS intermediate qualifiers in June. This was a real coup for Holly and has really given her something to look forward to She lost the ride on Buriana Cashel as the Jenkins decided to put her in foal this year which she was really gutted about as she loved riding and competing the mare.

During all this torrential rain we have been kept beautifully dry on top by the Stormtech jackets which are extremely durable and attractive to wear and more importantly waterproof!! We are very fortunate to have received sponsorship of these great jackets and a huge thank you. They have truly been tried and tested!!

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