After having one event cancelled due to the wet weather I did get out to Munstead this weekend with Poppy who was amazing and won her section on a 24.3 dressage and double clear! Absolutely delighted with her as she hasn't been eventing since may last year and even then she's only done a few events. Exciting season ahead as well as 2 more foals due in the next few months. Eek!
With the 2015 eventing season now over the horses have finished the season extremely well. Jacqs and Ruby both finished with Novice runs. Jacqs was brilliant with her novices and put in some amazing clear xc rounds. She has improved so much this season and has grown in confidence as well as finally listening to her rider! Ruby has also had a fantastic season going from BE90 to Novice in one year. What a horse! She had a silly run out at the second to last fence at little Downham Novice but she is still learning so I'm very pleased with her. Unfortunately on the second day of her holiday she got kicked in the field on her hock. She had to have an operation to flush out the wound on the joint and there was some tendon damage too. She is still at Bell equine but she is making progress and will hopefully be home soon. Treasure was also injured at the end of July hence why she hasn't been out competing. She had a really unfortunate accident where she stood on nail in the field and chipped her pedal bone. She is having 4 months off to see if it resolves. I hope they both make full recoveries and are back out competing next year. On other horses Artie and Digby are both doing well. Digby is getting big now and will be weaned soon. Roxy I am delighted to say is in foal to Jigilo (by Jumbo). So some definite highs and lows in the last few months but that's horses for you!
sorry I haven't done an update recently. All the horses are going well so far this season. Ruby I am seriously excited about what the future holds for her, she has been amazing at BE100 level with numerous top 10 finishes. Treasure is improving all the time and getting back to the superstar intermediate eventer she is. Jacqs has also had some great BE100 runs but I have decided to put her up for sale as I don't think she is going to get to the level I want her to but she is a super sweet mare and hopefully I can find her an amazing home. I have also been competing a friends horse who I stepped up to BE100 and she has had 3 fantastic runs with me. She is now up for sale.
Other exciting news is that Artie had her foal, she had a stunning colt called Digby.
All the horses have been back in work a while after their holidays and are all going really well. In the new year it will be full on with plenty of training and getting them out to some combined training and jumping ready for the eventing season to start again. I would like to thank everyone for their help and support this year and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year. Roll on 2015 eventing season.
I had a great end to the season at Pulborough with Ruby doing a fantastic double clear with 33 dressage to finish 5th, 1 penalty off 2nd! Jacqs did a fantastic clear xc with an unfortunate pole SJ and one of her calmest dressage tests but judge marked it harshly so finished just outside placings. Treasure was very naughty in all 3 phases but she did complete with a xc clear but napping is still on her brain! I will be working on sorting this over the winter. Ruby and Jacqs will now be having 1 month off, Treasure will have a couple of weeks off and then will just be hacking for a while. Winter time, urgh!!
Ruby is going brilliantly eventing at BE90 and really understanding what its all about. She did a 34.5 dressage, 1 pole and clear xc inside time at Firle and then went to Munstead and did a 39 dressage (deserved a lot better mark!) and double clear to finish just outside placings. Clever baby! Jacqs did a lovely double clear at Firle BE100 and had 1 pole and a slight misunderstanding on xc at Munstead but she was great apart from that. Treasure did a double clear in the open novice at keysoe but incurred a number of time penalties for napping!
Unfortunately Roxy has sustained some injuries and so will become a broodmare and will go into foal next year. Artie is doing great and really looking forward to her foal next year, she is really enjoying her new field of grass along with Harvey! Herbie is also well, I haven't managed to do anything with him recently due to the eventing but when the others have a rest for a month in a few weeks time he will come into work.
Only two events left now, South of England and then Pulborough.
Ruby, my lovely 5 year old was the most well behaved at Chilham in the BE80 where she did a lovely 31 dressage and double clear in the time to finish 3rd! what a star! Treasure doing her first competition in 6 weeks wasn't as well behaved as I hoped, she was in the BE100 open (yes, she is an intermediate horse!) she did a good dressage of 30, 1 pole SJ but unfortunately still did her napping xc but we did make a break through and she did complete (highs and lows of having an Accondy horse!). Jacqs was the worst behaved of the lot doing an excitable dressage (but she did warm up calmly!), 1 pole SJ and had a mare strop on the XC!
It was then on to Borde Hill 2 weeks later where it was a very busy day with 3 horses but luckily I had a friend with me to be groom. Treasure was the best of the lot (yay!) she was in the open novice and did a 29 dressage, 2 poles SJ and went clear xc to finish 6th. I am so glad she behaved, not just because I was really hoping I had got her back on track but because she was the last horse to go at 6.45pm and everyone wanted to go home!! Ruby in the BE90 did a nice test but dispointed with a score of 38, she then had 2 poles SJ but I was pleased as it chucked it down during our round and she was not impressed! She then went on to a lovely clear XC. Jacqs wasn't as well behaved as the others but she did complete her BE100 and got her through all her strops across country, she did do a lovely clear SJ though and one of her better dressage tests. Overall a very long day setting off at 5.30am and returning home at 10.40pm but a good day and I was pleased with all the horses.
Next up Firle with Ruby and Jacqs and then off to Keysoe with Treasure.
I am really excited to announce Artie is in foal to advanced event stallion Weston Justice. She has had a heartbeat scan and all looks great so far.
Jacqs unfortunately left a leg at Stratford Hills and strained her back. She has had physio and is feeling great again. She will stay at BE100 for a bit as she needs to learn to listen and not get over excited so much! Treasure, after napping so badly I decided to give her a month off and sort her head out! she is now back in work and going brilliantly. Ruby has done her first event but it didn't quite go to plan. She did a brilliant first ever dressage and a few poles sj but she was very brave jumping in the main arena for her first ever sj course. XC she started so well but she took a real disliking to a roll top brush and jumped into the bushes instead!
Roxy got a brilliant 68.9% at the British Dressage elementary regional championships to come 7th out of 35.
Next eventing at Chilham with Ruby, Treasure and Jacqs. Fingers crossed all the horses are now on good form!
Eventing season is really flying by, I have had a few issues with Treasure who kept napping half way round xc courses but hopefully all sorted now and came 5th at a rather wet and muddy Borde Hill open novice. She heads to Stratford hills Int-Nov next. Meanwhile Jacqs is being quite the superstar and has done numerous double clears at BE100 including coming 9th at Borde Hill, she is now entered for her first Novice at Stratford Hills.
On the eventer turned dressage rider front Roxy has had 4 wins with scores of 74%+ twice and 71%+ twice and has qualified for regionals in two outings at Elementary. She has really progressed and is now working at advanced medium doing changes and half pass. Sadly she is now for sale.
Ruby and Herbie are coming along well and will be competing shortly, they will be doing some training sessions and things away from home in the next few weeks as well xc schooling.
Artie (broodmare) we are currently in the process of getting into foal and will hopefully be in foal very soon.
Well a busy few months of ups and downs. Sadly Roxy lost her foal and after a lot deliberation I have now brought her back into work and hoping she is going to stay sound. I will then start competing her at dressage again and possibly sell her. So then there is the dilemma of having paid for the stud fee for Weston Justice was finding a mare to put in foal. I briefly looked around and found this lovely mare with great breeding (Accondy x Arturo 8 lines) called Artie that I liked the look of. The next day I went to see her and loved her and a week later I picked her up and now she is happily settled in the field. I think it was all meant to be!
Jacqs went to Munstead for her first event and went brilliantly. Then both Jacqs and Treasure went to Goring Heath this weekend and were both fab. Treasure did a lovely double clear and dressage but took her steady for her first event. She'll now be heading to her first Intermediate of the season in a couple of weeks. Jacqs did her first BE100 and was really pleased with how she went.
All the youngsters are going well, Ruby is coming on nicely and will hopefully start competing in the summer along with Herbie as well.
Really excited the event season has started and hoping its going to be a good one.