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Friday, 12th October 2012

Heather and Consult Ramiro - winners at the national Dressage Championships
Heather and Consult Ramiro - Winner of the Novice Resetricted Class national Dressage Championships

Two months has passed since my last diary entry and so much has happened!! We have had a fantastic end run of the season.

Heather and Curtis have been busy campaigning elementary classes now and now have only 4 points to accumulate until their qualification to the Winter Regionals are completed. They have won three out of four elementaries and were 2nd in the other so not a bad start!!! This is definitely a step up for them but we thought it would be beneficial to do some elementary classes before the nationals so that when she came to Stoneleigh for her big moment the test would seem comparatively easy. One of my top ten moments came when Heather and Curtis went on to win the Novice Restricted class at the National Dressage Championships! She went first in the competition and even when due to the strong winds the boards blew in just as Curtis was finishing his test they kept their cool and led from the front!! So so proud of the pair of them – they have both worked extremely hard during the summer months and this has certainly paid off! We now have to crack on and get those final four points for their elementary qualification to run alongside their Novice Freestyle qualification.


Thriller - champion Novice Riding Horse and 1st Reserve Supreme BSHA Champs
Thriller

Thriller (aka Harry) has certainly enjoyed being back in work and after a couple of weeks of getting him fit it was clear to see that he was going to be on song to compete at the BSHA champs in the Novice Riding Horse class. We took him to Addington the week before with heather and Curtis to see how he would react to a show situation as it was rather a long time since he had been to a party and the last time he had been on a lorry had been to transport him to the vets for his colic operation. He was very unsettled in the lorry and when he arrived at Addington was completely overexcited about the situation. We managed to pay for an indoor stable to settle him down and then hire the indoor school for an hour after Heathers class and then he realised what it was all about and soon settled to the job. He was delighted to be back at the front of the action and doing something useful again! He is one of the most intelligent horses we have had on the yard and is always keen to be top of the pecking order!! We took him with Rex (Fair and Square) the night before to the championships to give him enough time to get used to the show situation. He was just fabulous on the day and I couldn’t have asked for more. He absolutely loved being centre of the attention. He won the Novice large riding horse class and then went on to win the Championship and then went on to be First Reserve Supreme and was foot perfect all day! What was so nice was that Alan Lintott and his daughter Fiona came along to watch him get all the glory and I can honestly say that quite a few tears were shed – it was just under four months since he had had the colic operation and the initial prognosis was not great so thankfully a great result. He will continue to be produced by us next year but with Fiona taking up the reins.

Holly and Fair and Square - 10th Intermediate Show Hunter HOYS
Fair and Square and Holly - Champion Intermediate BSHA Champs
Holly on Fair and Square - Champion Intermediate BSHA Champs
Fair and Square - Champion Riding Horse, Great Yorkshire Horse Show

Rex (Fair and Square) has also continued in fine form. He was champion Riding horse at the re-instated Great Yorkshire Show when he went beautifully and it was fantastic to ride in that big ring. I last rode at the Great Yorkshire in the 12.2 show ponies and I am not going to say how many years ago that was but it was a fair few! We then decided at the last minute to enter him for the Intermediate Show Hunter class at the BSHA championships with Holly on board and he looked great with her slim figure on board. He went on to win his class and then in the championship Holly really got stuck in and rode a blinder to win the championship! Very proud as he is quite a sensitive soul and she really had the mettle of him. At HOYS he went beautifully in the Intermediate show hunter class and finished 10th. It did become apparent to us though that he was very much a lighter type than the other horses and he may well be better campaigned in the Intermediate show riding type for next year. In the small riding horse class again he really let me ride him and I was delighted with his 4th placing – a real result! Much has been made about the marking system at HOYS and the fact that they had been made public for the first time but everybody (producers included) went to see what marks had been given. In past years when they weren’t made public everybody wondered how their horse had fared with the marks and much had been made of chatting up the stewards!

Daisy (Shybont Navaho Girl) arrived with me a week before the BSHA Champs for me to produce for HOYS. As I couldn’t compete her on the day at HOYS as my brother was judging the show ponies Teresa (Daisy’s owner) enlisted Jayne Webber (the top girl) for the job! For her run up we took her to the BSHA Champs and ran her in the Restricted Large riding horse class which she won. We may well campaign her in some riding horse classes next year and this was a good tester! At HOYS she arrived the day before and we had time to exercise her in the outdoor arena by the stables and then our exercise slot in the Caldene Arena was 10.50pm to 11.30pm – not something for the faint hearted!! Jayne rode her in this and as a consummate professional got to grips with her very quickly and got a super tune out of her. It was hard seeing someone else ride my horse on the day but I have to say if anyone was going to do it then Jayne was the best person for the job and she did a fabulous job – settled her down quickly and the pair finished 4th! Interestingly the 2nd/3rd and 4th all scored the same marks but the ride marks took president. I was especially delighted as 10 days previous Daisy had had a horrible virus with massive filled legs behind so the fact that we got there at all was a very close shave!


Averil and D'Astaire in the large riding horse HOYS

Averil and Fred (D’Astaire) have also had a slow run up to HOYS as Fred had some bruising after the RIHS and this took some time to resolve so his run up to HOYS was not quite so straight forward as we had hoped and he had only really been back in proper work two weeks before. He was very excited to be competing at HOYS and the first couple of days exercising in the outdoor arena proved to be sometimes quite airborn! He did settle down eventually but did not like horses passing so close to him which does settle eventually when he has had plenty of work. In his class he did just get on his toes a little bit on the initial go round but Averil covered this up well. They were pulled in top which was fantastic! Unfortunately Fred thought this was very exciting and became a little over exhuberant with the judge and his marks were reflected accordingly so was unplaced. But how proud were we of Averil and Fred for the initial pull in!! He is still a firm favourite with us at the yard (but not to muck out!)!!!!

Daldorn Lara’s Theme has been back with us for a six week refresher course and I was reminded how much this mare enjoys her work. The more we did with her the more she offered and I just wish I had had her for a couple of weeks longer so that I could have taken her out to Addington for a small party. I would have loved to have taken her to Katie Jerram’s pre HOYS clinic first thing in the morning as I had done with another four year old the previous year. They are a fantastic way to start the young horses off – hopefully I will be able to do some dressage with her at the beginning of next season and some of the clinics to get her started off for her showing career.

Cambridge has finally started back in work and is now doing his walking regime for a month and then we can slowly introduce trotting and start to up his work.

Whalton Razzamatazz

HOYS was a magical week for us and I was lucky enough to be asked to ride Whalton Razzamatazz for Claire Cooper in the Small Hack class. Holly deputised on Razz for Charles Le Moignan at the beginning of the season when he broke his heel and had some fabulous results with the mare both as a hack and an intermediate qualifying her for the RIHS and then as an intermediate for HOYS. One of Holly’s proud moments was when she beat Jayne Webber in a championship – I sometimes forget that Holly is only 22 and a mere youngster – she is completely unfazed at riding in the “adult” classes but it is still a big thing when you beat the “big guns”!!! I had ridden Razz the previous year at the NPS show where she was Champion hack so I was a little nervous at keeping up the fantastic results that both Charles and Holly had achieved this year. I rode her the night before in the Caldene arena and felt at home on her immediately. Despite being a sensitive mare you can really get your legs round her and she really has the most fabulous trot! She gave me a lovely ride in the class and I was delighted to be called in top. She continued to go nicely for the judge and do a good show so it was a matter of waiting for the numbers to be called out at the end – nail biting! But in the end I slightly zoned out during this time so when the final 933 was called forward it was genuine surprise and delight that it was us!! Thank you to Claire and Charles for suggesting me and to Holly for being such a great daughter who got her ready on the day and watched from the side lines. I promise you your turn will come. In the championship Razz again gave me a great ride and we were delighted to be reserve champion and it was lovely that both judges came up and said that it was a very close result. Congratulations to Simon Charlesworth and Pearly King who then went on to be Supreme Show Horse of HOYS.

Whalton Razzamatazz montage

Vicky Nicholls (one of my star pupils) and Courtland JP Charmer qualified for the SEIB Search for a Star in the show hunter pony section. Vicky is a really dedicated and hard working 15 year old girl who does both her horses before and after school. She is like a sponge to teach and soaks up everything you tell her, goes away and does her homework and comes back better and better – she really is a joy to teach and I am immensely proud of her. She won her class at HOYS!!! A fantastic result and I am so very proud of her and she had her chance at riding in the International Arena in the Championship and did a fabulous show. She turned out her pony immaculately and looked so professional. I think now she has well and truly got the showing bug and there will be no stopping her!!

Another great result was with Daldorn Racing Bow and Yasmin Cuddy. This horse is produced by Adam Wimbourne. I sold Bow to Adam straight after Royal Windsor last year having produced him as a four and five year old. Last year he was Champion Intermediate at the Royal International Horse Show and this year he went one better and was Champion Intermediate at HOYS! I am very proud of the horse – he was always a lovely horse to produce, a fabulous ride and it is very gratifying to see the ones we produce and sell go on to be so successful with their new owners. Many congratulations!

Well its all over for the showing season – Holly and I have blisters and sore shins from so much walking at HOYS. A big thank you to all the team who help keep the horses going, ( Holly, Gemma, Spike Peter Milligan, Rob Walsh, Tim Beauroguard, Mark Slingsby, James Hiatt, Leigh Miller, Annabelle Galt, HOE, Kim Lucas, Russell White to name a few) and also to my amazing sponsors who can be found on my home page who help my horses look and feel so fabulous and to Peter Terry from Stormtech who has help to clothe us in warm jackets during those cold and wet and windy days (there are lots of those!). Thank you also to Katey Londesborough from Prestige Browbands who provided the winning sparkly browbands.

Back to earth, youngsters are coming in for breaking and schooling so will keep you updated in due course!

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