Well after the highs of an engagement and a great Dauntsey, we were looking forward to heading off to Boekelo last night with Winnetou M in the 3*.
Sadly Winnie has not been very well for a few days and Sammi yesterday made the difficult decision to withdraw and save him for another day. Disappointing for everyone but that’s horses!
We had an amazing weekend at Dauntsey. Sammi had 6 horses entered and Hunter Valley (Gizmo) got us off to a great start on Friday afternoon. Gizmo as always did a stunning test in the intermediate section scoring 26.8. He jumped a super clear show jump round, managing to remove a shoe at the same time in the middle of the treble! Shoe back on and Sammi set off cross country hoping the blip at Gatcombe 1 star was behind them. She need not have worried, super Gizmo had returned and he flew round the newly built and pretty decent intermediate track. He finished 10 points clear in the lead, definitely redeeming himself after the problem at Gatcombe! What a super talented little horse and a great combination, we are so excited about their future!
We headed back to Dauntsey at the crack of dawn on Saturday with Susan Lambs lovely 5 year olds Nimrod and Kinorla. Sammi’s own Calcourt Quattro (Gordie) and Sally Anderson’s AMAZING Colcannon (aka-Super Sprout).
Rod and Gordie did lovely tests in the pre novice scoring 27 and 30.5 respectively. Super Sprout also did a lovely test scoring 25.5, not bad for an Irish hunter who has not evented all season (Due to his own mums pregnancy!). All 3 horses then went on to jump foot perfect double clears around what is always a decent pre novice track! Super Sprout (Colcannon) winning his section! Nimrod finishing 5th in his and Calcourt Quattro finishing a very respectable 9th.
Kinorla was in the BE100 plus to give her a nice cross country run after her first novice start. She did a lovely novice test scoring 34 and went double clear once again to finish 5th in her section.
Sunday was another early start and Sammi set off once more to Dauntsey with Faye and Goliath Van Het Dennenhof. Jodie and Who’s that girl. Binney Ranks ‘Paper Mill’ and her own ‘D’! Faye and Jodie both in the intro did good tests scoring 34.5 and 37 respectively. Faye went on to have 2 show jumps down but a clear cross country round to finish 14th. Jodie and Madge did another lovely double clear to also finish 14th in their section.
Binney Ranks lovely home bred ‘Paper Mill’ has only been at the yard for 6 weeks and was doing her first BE event. She is a super talented little mare but can be quite opinionated at times, not always in keeping with her stable name - ‘Patience’! She did a lovely dressage test scoring 29.0 and went on to jump a super clear show jump round. Sammi and Patience were flying around the cross country making it look easy when Patience spotted a large ditch and took exception to it! She decided it contained horse eating monsters and was not going to jump it! Patience will have plenty of ditch schooling opportunities before her next run at Larkhill in a few weeks and we hope she puts this phobia behind her!
Sammi’s own ’D’ was also doing his first ever event, he is a stunning looking 5 year old but still very green. Sammi had already decided she was not going to run him cross country, but we wanted him to get the experience of being at an event. He did a super dressage scoring 28.5 and jumped a lovely clear show jump round! Sammi gave him a big pat and we put him back on the lorry and took him home. Hopefully this was a lovely calm introduction for him into the world of eventing.
Sammi took 2 days off after Moreton and went away with her partner Ed to Dorset for some well earned R and R. While they were away to everyone’s surprise (including Sammi’s) Ed asked Sammi to marry him!! Everyone at the yard’s so excited about the news and send huge congratulations to Sam and Ed! We look forward to the wedding in the early summer 2014!!
Sammi and Faye once again set off to Moreton Morrell on the Friday. Faye riding her own Goliath Van Het Dennenhof (Alfie), Sammi had on-board Susie Pragnells beautiful Tregorn in the novice and her own Calcourt Quattro in the pre novice.
Calcourt Quattro (Gordie) was feeling incredibly fresh that morning and got the day off to an exciting start by waving his front legs at everyone in the dressage warm up! He went on to do a reasonable but bouncy test without anymore waving to score 36.0. He redeemed himself however by producing another fantastic double clear to finish 5th overall.
Faye and Alfie did a good test in the pre novice section scoring 35 penalties. They had 2 annoying fences down in the show jumping and were flying around the cross country looking amazing when Alfie took exception to one fence and they picked up another annoying 20 penalties! Frustrating for Faye but at this level it really is all a learning curve for them both. We are sure once they have knocked off the rough edges they will be an unbeatable combination.
The stunning Tregorn was in the novice section and did an amazing test as always scoring 22.5. He was unlucky to have 2 down in the show jumping but as always he was faultless across the country and finished 3rd overall.
Jodie headed back on the Saturday to Moreton Morrell with her own Who’s that girl (Madge). They did a lovely dressage test as always scoring 29.5 and 1 annoying rail down in the show jumping. Jodie rode another great clear cross country round on Madge but picked up a fair few time penalties when they had a slight detour around a corn field! They ended up finishing the day a very respectable 11th overall!
On Friday at Gatcome we had Sammi’s own Hunter Valley (Gizmo) doing his 1* dressage and Winnetou M in the open intermediate. Winnie got us off to a great start by doing a super dressage test scoring a 26.4! Sammi as always thought there was much room for improvement, I thought they both looked awesome enough!! Winnie went on to do a lovely clear show jump round and clear cross country. Sammi didn’t take him to fast xc as this is his final run before Boekelo CCI3* in October and we wanted to save the brakes for then! Still they finished a very respectable 4th overall.
Hunter Valley did an awesome test on Friday in the CIC1*, scoring 36.8 and leading the section by a little over 4 marks! We returned on Sunday hoping to have a great day and lead from the front! Alas…horses are great levellers and after jumping an amazing clear show jump round, we started cross country 6 points clear in the lead! Gizmo is usually an amazing cross country horse, so I for one (not Sammi) thought we had this in the bag!! At fence ten Gizmo left a leg at the first part of a combination into the woods and then ran out at the second part!! Okay so really ANNOYING and disappointing but not a disaster and far worse was suffered by others on the day. The yard sends best wishes for a speedy recovery to Dan Jocelyn in hospital with a broken wrist and arm! Hunter Valley is an amazing little horse and a real star for the future, this weekend was just not to be his event!!
Sammi set off to Monmouth in the lovely new lorry, with Susan Lambs lovely Nimrod in the pre novice and Kinorla doing her first novice! Faye Higgin..(aka…amazing working pupil!) also went along with Alfie (Goliath Van Het Dennenhof) to do her first pre novice of the season!
Faye got off to a reasonable start scoring 34.0 in the dressage even though it was far from her an Alfie’s best test! They added to this by having just one annoying rail in the show jumping followed by one annoying stop across the country! It was a pretty decent pre novice cross country track with a really difficult water, Faye and Alfie should be pleased with their first pre novice effort!
Nimrod did a lovely test and scored 25.5 in the dressage. He also had one annoying rail in the show jumping and then flew round the cross country giving Sam a lovely ride to finish 8th overall.
Kinorla as always did a super test in the novice section scoring 32.5. She also lowered one annoying rail in the show jumping (obviously the day for it!) and set off across the country on a 36.5. Sammi having walked the course earlier in the day, thought it was a really decent novice track. Orla only being 5 years old and having done her first ever event in March, it was going to be enough of a question! we need not have worried, Orla proved what an amazing little horse she is and flew round the cross country! She was awesome and gave Sammi a great ride, we are all really excited about her future she really is a cool little horse!
We are all very excited to welcome the amazing new lorry!!
We had a great weekend at Goring. We had Susan Lambs lovely 5 year olds Kinorla and Nimrod in the pre novice. Both of the babies did nice dressage tests scoring 29.0 and 31.0 respectively and went on to show jump clear. Kinorla flew round the cross country clear with only 1.6 time to finish 2nd overall. She is hopefully ready for her step up to Novice at Monmouth her next outing!
Susie Pragnells beautiful Tregorn was in the Novice. He did a lovely test scoring 24.5, show jumped clear and flew around the cross country clear and within the time to finish on his amazing dressage score and winning the section!!
The season seems to fly by, I can’t believe it is September already tomorrow. No eventing this weekend so we took the babies out showjumping at Allens Hill this morning. All very good- especially impressed with 4yo Kincooley Cruising who jumped a lovely double clear around a decent discovery. Australian Squad dressage training tomorrow at hunters.
It was an early start on Saturday morning with the alarm going off at 4am, not a time of the morning i like to see often! We had three horses in the pre novice at Wellington on the Saturday. Susan Lamb’s lovely 5 year olds Kinorla (Orla) and Nimrod (Rod), Sammi also took her own Calcourt Quatro (Gordy). Orla and Rod got the day off to a good start scoring 29.5 and 28.0 respectively, Rod leading his section by 4 marks! Gordy also did a lovely test and scored a respectable 32. The show jumping was a tricky track for the babies and Rod unfortunately had the last down (Rowland the show jump coach always says first and last fence is rider error, so no worries Rod!). Orla and Gordy jumped lovely clears.
We set off to the cross country with high hopes, all three horses having run well in their last few competitions. Orla did not disappoint and jumped around easily to finish equal 4th, showing she is more than ready for her first novice in a few weeks time. Rod was jumping his socks off, sailing round and giving Sammi another amazing cross country ride (only his 3rd ever event!). Sammi had decided beforehand to take the option at the tricky water jump with Rod as he is still very inexperienced. Rod arrived at the option and looked straight past the Pre novice fence at the jumble of intermediate and advanced fences also at the water. He decided he didn’t understand what Sam wanted him to do and pulled himself up to work it out! He jumped the water perfectly second time and carried on jumping perfectly for the rest of the round! Gordy was naughty cross country, he had a silly run out at an innocuous brush fence in the middle of the field! Eventing the five year olds is full of ups and downs!
We headed back to Wellington on back holiday Monday with Winnetou M (Winnie) doing his first advanced and Hunter Valley (Gizmo) doing his second intermediate. Gizmo did a lovely dressage test scoring 29.1, he is such a lovely horse to watch and what he lacks in height he definitely makes up for in presence. The show jumping was huge and Gizmo jumped another amazing round just rolling one annoying pole. He set off cross country and again proved what a truly amazing little horse he is becoming giving Sammi an awesome ride to finish the day in 7th place! Gizmo just seems to get better and better with every outing, we are all so excited about his future. Gizmo was born and bred at Sam’s parent’s property in Australia, being a home bed makes him even more special. Winnie was on in the afternoon, he is capable of doing a lovely test but decided he wouldn’t bother this weekend. He was naughty and full of himself throughout and scored a 35.9 in the advanced section. The show jumping was plenty big enough as you would expect in he advanced, Winnie jumped really well only lowering the one pole. The day had been getting progressively hotter with the ground becoming more and more baked, it was with regret that Sammi decided not to run Winnie cross country and to save him for another day.
Hunter Valley in the intermediate section, with thanks to Lorraine Porter photography-
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