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Friday, 16th August 2013

D'Astaire and Averil qualifying HOYS at the Great Yorkshire Show

Well its been rather a long time since my last diary update but we have been very busy bees and have been scurrying round to lots of shows. Here goes as to what's been happening!

Fred (D'Astaire) was first in the firing line and we decided to hit the HOYS qualifiers hard starting with South of England which was judged in absolutely torrential rain. Thank goodness I had put in my spare reins which were specifically for wet weather conditions and are leather but with rubber on the inside so providing better grip. Hats off to the judges who remained cheerful in spite of being soaked. Fred as usual went beautifully for the judge and finished third. We then went on to Derbyshire Festival held at Somerford Park and Averil took back the ride on Fred. Unfortunately he was rather tired from a long day at Ardingly two days previously and put in a rather lacklustre performance lacking in his usual sparkle and finished 6th. One week later we took him to Three Counties for Av to ride and he went really well and once again finished third. Unfortunately the ground at Three Counties was really not good and was very hard and rutted. No work had been done to it from the previous years waterlogged conditions and this is not good as this show has now earned a Royal status and the ground conditions were in my opinion sub standard. Holly and I then took Fred to Lincoln County where yet again we suffered from thirditis! Again he was well behaved even with the Red Arrows display going on. Next up was North of England summer show where Averil rode like a woman possessed and came up to (yes you guessed it!) third but Fred went the best he has gone for her – a really good performance in a very strong class where Comberton Clancy had his very last win – a very sad loss to such a beautiful horse. We then went up to Averil's local Show at the Great Yorkshire and this is the first time I have visited it in all its glory since I was a small child. I went last year to the rerun in August but I have to say it is a fabulous show – very appreciative crowd and lots of atmosphere and we will definitely be going again!. Fred this time really pulled out all the stops and qualified for HOYS here and it was specially great as Averil was riding him and it was at her local show so a fab result! He then had a couple of weeks well deserved rest and then we brought him back for the RIHS. Unfortunately three days before he decided that something was very spooky coming in for the field and literally bolted with Holly who could not keep hold of him and he went galloping into the yard and fell over on the concrete. He had some nasty scrapes from this which required much icing and hosing to keep the swelling down. We worked very hard and managed to get everything looking acceptable for him to go in the ring at Hickstead. He went very well and was pulled in 7th but was then unplaced. We were pleased with both Av and Fred as they both put in a great performance.

Thriller (Harry) was the next one to come back to competitions. Fiona has been so busy with her job and we were waiting until she had time to do some shows with him but by the end of July we decided that HOYS qualifiers were becoming scarcer so I decided to start him off without her. We took him to Mid Herts show on 28th July at Keysoe. He was very excited to be at his first party for such a long time. He was pulled in first in a huge class of 19 and then couldn't contain himself with the judge in his gallop and gave a little hump of exuberance which was punished quite correctly and he was put down to fifth – naughty Harry! I took him out a week later to Bakewell show just after the RIHS and this time he behaved well and was first and champion getting that golden HOYS ticket. He is such a class horse and when on song an amazing ride! Fiona will now take over the ride for HOYS.

Westerdale Regal Max RIHS

Westerdale Regal Max owned by Ian Darcy has been contesting the Intermediate show hunter HOYS qualifiers with Holly throughout the season. There are only 16 of these qualifiers so they are one of the most hotly contested classes. He has been placed in these and then twice he was naughty and bucked in his gallop and at the NPS this probably cost him his ticket – so frustrating! But that's showing for you and you just have to re-assess and try to improve things for the next time. He went beautifully at the RIHS and put in one of his best performances but the judges just didn't like him but as you will be able to see from the pictures he looked amazing. His turn will come! He has qualified for the HOYS Small riding horses with Carly (Ian's daughter). We do love this horse and Holly has a great relationship with him.

Daldorn Lara's Theme qualifying HOYS TSR Summer Show

Lara (Daldorn Lara's Theme) owned by Lady Benton Jones has been going from strength to strength literally and has really matured in her outlook and way of going as the season has gone on. After such a great Windsor with her I then decided to sneak her in for one of the last RIHS qualifiers at Rodbaston where she won and then went Champion! I then gave her a bit of a break and then took her to Derbyshire Festival and contested the Novice Riding horse which was a strong class which she won and then went on to be Novice Champion. She seems to have a great temperament and really rises to the occasion in the championships. She gave me a fabulous ride and was really pinging on the surface and the ride judge absolutely loved her ride. I then decided to do some HOYS qualifiers with her and took her to Cheshire County but it was a very long hot day and I think being such a baby everything got too much for her and she literally flopped and lacked energy and quite rightly so wasn't placed although behaved herself. So thinking hats on for the next show which was the TSR showing Register summer show and we decided to do just a small amount of work before the class so as she kept her sparkle. She went beautifully and gave the ride just a great ride and was second gaining her HOYS ticket – so pleased with her! We decided not to take her to the Royal International as we thought this might be asking too much from such a young horse but actually when I saw the class I don't think she would have looked out of place. She has matured so much since Windsor. Anyway decision made and we are not going to contest the Novice riding horse class at the BSHA championships. She has plenty of time on her side and is definitely better for being nurtured!

Gossip Girl competing at Ponies UK in competition horse class

Coco (Gossip Girl) owned and bred by Averil has been out and about doing things. We took her to Allenshill Unaffiliated Dressage and she was fantastically behaved. She was first and second in both her classes. She had twenty minutes working in for the first one and then just five for the second one – stood well on the lorry on her own and in fact didn't put a hair out of place. We then took her cross country schooling and Holly rode her this time. One she realised what she had to do she absolutely loved it jumping in and out of water, ditches, steps, skinny's and all sorts of other small cross country fences. A great day for a baby. We were then busy as you can see with all our HOYS qualifiers so she has had to take a bit of a back seat but we took her to Ponies UK and she was third in the competition horse class and was the only four year old. This was her first proper show and her attitude was amazing – she just got on with her job. At home she loves her hacking out and she is great in traffic. Such an easy four year old and someone is going to have so much fun on her as she can turn her hand to so many jobs. She is now advertised on Horsequest (Ref 70605).

Primitive Dazzler II

On the 18th July we had a new arrival come to our yard - Steven Jackson's beautiful large hack Primitive Dazzler II who had previously been with Adam Wimbourne. I had only had her for a week before I took her to Mid Herts show. She gave me a fabulous ride and won a huge class and then went on to be Reserve Champion qualifying for HOYS! Less than a week later RIHS looms up. She went fantastically there and finished up 2nd in her class and got her turn in the Main Arena in the championship. She really gives a great ride and I have to give Adam credit who has put in such much hard work to make her so special. I absolutely love her!

Daldorn Sandpiper
Daldorn Sandpiper (for sale)

Daldorn Sandpiper (owned and bred by Lady Benton Jones) arrived in the middle of July to be produced. He is 5 year old just under 15hh by the Dressage pony stallion Bernwode Brokat out of Daldorn Yellow Ribbon. He is actually a cousin to Daldorn Racing Bow HOYS and RIHS Intermediate champion who we produced as a four five and early six year old. Piper is a lovely chap and we took him to the TSR summer show initially just to ride round as Holly was riding Max at the show. In the end we decided to put him in the HOYS small intermediate qualifier. He went extremely well and was placed 10th out of 18 which was a good result for such a baby and this was his first show. We then took him to Ponies UK and he did the 4,5,6 year old hack class which he won and then did the 4,5,6 year old Intermediate class which he also won! Very well behaved and gave a good ride for the judge. He then went on to Equifest and he did the Cherif qualifier in the Top Spec Indoor arena and he gave me a great ride and finished third qualifying him for the championship. He also did the Novice Part Bred Arab class which he won and then went on to be champion. Daldorn Sandpiper is for sale.

Daisy (Shybont Navaho Girl) has been back with us for two weeks whilst her mother has been on holiday and it is so nice to have her friendly face on the yard. She settles in quickly to our routine and she will probably come back for a few days so that she can do the CHAPS championships.

One of my real success stories is my star pupil Vicky Nicholls who bought Aristocat from us before Christmas. Actually he was a Christmas present from her mother and some present he has turned out to be. Vicky has been coming very regularly for lessons with him and we have monitored his progress closely. She has had a lot of success with him but by far the most successful event was the Royal International Horse show where they won the Large Part Bred Arab class and then went on to be Champion! No mean feat from a rider who last year won the Show Hunter Pony Section of Search for a Star at HOYS with Aristocrat's full brother. It just goes to show that hard work and dedication pays off and it doesn't matter if you are an amateur you can still get there! I am so so proud! He has now been sold to Ian Darcy for his grandson Calum to ride. Vicky now has to find another one to produce and show.

In between all the shows I have been busy teaching and my clients have been out and about getting success at shows. I also did a makeover and lesson for Pony magazine for Blue Chip which was great fun and very rewarding. Holly has fitted in five days holiday with her boyfriend Jack in Marbella. This was courtesy of the Nicholls family who have an apartment out there and we are so grateful to them for letting us have it. She came back really tanned and hopefully nice and rested! My turn next!!!! Its been a busy season and having had a difficult first four months we seem to have got over the glitch and have really enjoyed the middle part onwards. I will try not to be so tardy in my next report!

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