We said a sad goodbye to Merlin the Mercedes today! Lots of memory’s go with him, he was a fantastic reliable old friend! We hope his new owners have lots of good times with him!
We welcome Emily Skuse and ‘Ice’ to Team Mcleod. Emily started working for us on Wednesday this week and brought her beautiful coloured mare ‘Sannan Valley Black Ice’ with her. Emily and Ice have had a very wet and windy start to their time here at Rendcomb. We hope the weather doesn’t put them off…we promise Emily the sun does also shine in Rendcomb.
It really is a challenge working with horses during the winter and this winter has become a struggle for everyone due to the adverse weather we seem to be having. Every night as we all trudge home after being soaked for 12 hours, I try to remember all the people in the country who don’t have a dry home to return to. I thank my lucky stars that the horses here and the team all have a dry place to sleep at the end of a long day. A few events have already been cancelled due to the bad weather and the season has not even started yet, it must be a truly frustrating start for event organisers! We carry on preparing the horses for the events that hopefully will run and seem to end up getting soaked through everyday. Today we took a lorry load to the amazing show jumping arena at Rectory Farm in Duntisbourne Abbots. We are so lucky to have such an amazing facility just down the road from us and we make sure we use it regularly during the year for show jump training and BSJA competitions. Today we hired the arena and the horses all jumped amazingly. Kira and Emily (aka…The new AMAZING working pupils!!) had a lesson from Sammi on their horses, and both Cloud and Ice jumped really well despite the horrendous weather.
Pictured below, Kira and Emily remain cheerful despite being soaked! Nimrod jumping brilliantly as always!
Okay so I have been slack at updating this website over the winter, I admit it. With the 2014 event season fast approaching I am making it my 2014 resolution to keep you all up to date on the yard progress throughout the year! If you have a browse around the site you will notice I am slowly but surely updating more about the horses and the team here at Rendcomb. We hope this year to have many more photo’s, video footage and even headcam footage for you to view. All the horses are back in from their winter holidays and 6 weeks in to their fitness programmes so we are full steam ahead into the new season. Entries are in for the first event of the year at Aston le walls so bring on the 2014 eventing!
The horses and humans all enjoyed their winter breaks. The horses all came in looking fantastic from their holidays and most of them were back doing walk work by Christmas/new year. It was lovely to see them out relaxing in the beautiful big winter turnout fields we are lucky to have here at Rendcomb. It really is the most stunning property.
We planned on Larkhill being the last event of 2013 but sadly that was not to be. We went cross country schooling at the amazing cross country course ‘Boomerang’ on a particularly hideous wet morning the week before Larkhill. Sammi and one of the younger horses had a miss communication at the sunken road. The result of which was Sammi and said young horse (who shall remain nameless) landing in a heap on the very wet and muddy floor! The horse came away from the incident in much better shape than Sammi who ended up in the back of an ambulance on her way to Gloucester A&E!
After being x-rayed it was discovered that something was very wrong with Sammi’s shoulder and collarbone and that surgery and a long rehabilitation would be required. Sammi went to see a great surgeon in London who put her back together again. Although she is still undergoing physiotherapy at Oaksey House Sammi is well on the mend. She has been back in the saddle now for 2 weeks and is already back to riding and jumping 6 or 7 horses a day and looking forward to the start of the eventing season.
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!