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August 2015

The end of a very busy summer, but as it turned out, a slightly disappointing one. I was unable to take the 4 year old mare to the YH Championships and Percival and Colour Trento M (Tonto) got slight knocks whilst eventing/in the field. Both back in action now but too late for the Regionals I’m afraid. Tonto was back competing for the first time last week at the Area festival Elem Open level and was joint first in the class, excellent result. I now aim to take him out at Medium level. Tracy Young’s mare Chelsea will be competed by me at Novice Open over the winter, she came 1st on her first outing at Novice Open a few weeks ago with 66.21% and Percival is back eventing.

Brownscombe Francisco (Cisco) did go to the Regionals at Mount Ballan, although it was a race to get him fit as he too had to have a few weeks off. Do horses sense that they are going somewhere special and decide to mess it up for you? If someone could invent a padded stable to keep them in one piece before a big competition, I’d be first in line to buy one!

Unlike 2014, the classes at Mount Ballan this year were HUGE! Some had to be split into 2 sections and the warm up classes were cancelled as it would have been impossible to fit everything in. My Elem Open had 42 entries….. some very stiff competition on the day. Cisco was definitely not at his best but we scored a creditable 67.97% and came 16th.

A few weeks later and he is firing on all cylinders again – we won the Medium Open Area Festival last week, which I really enjoyed. We have had a couple of lessons on him with Maria Eilberg and she has inspired me to be a bit braver in the test with him and really ask for a bit more.

In training at home his advanced work is really coming along well. I aim to crack on over the winter and aim at Advanced Medium.

We have just sold one of our young horses, Mr Presidente. He had been posting good results at Unaffil Novice level and I’m sure his new owner will have lots of fun with him. Under BD rules I can’t ride at Prelim level, having competed at PSG and YR level, so I compete the young horses for sale unaffiliated or H/C so as not to put too many points on their record for a new owner.

Louise Danton, the yard owner, is coming along really well on her new horse, Blue River Cocktail. Her results at Medium level are improving as she gets to know him better. She also has her young horse Escada to compete over the winter.

The Wheatland Hunt PC worked hard over the summer, but missed out on qualifying for the Championships, but there are some nice combinations coming through for next year.

So it’s onward and upward for the winter months. Let’s hope for an Indian summer and avoid the mud and cold mornings for a while longer! I am stocking up on warm winter fleeces for my teaching days though just in case!