September & October 2015

Treloar’s (Theo) 7th rosette in the CIC*** 8 / 9 year old section at Blenheim Palace International was really thrilling for the whole team; especially for Theo’s owners Victoria Richards and the Brawns. Unfortunately Kangasong (Joey) lost a shoe during his cross-country round in the CCI*** so I pulled him up to save him for another day. I also lost my crown in the masters’ gate jumping competition this year but I’ll be back next year fear not!

Back on the one-day circuit we had successful runs in the novice, intermediate and open intermediate sections at Dauntsey. Best of the bunch were the PSH horses – PSH Blue Tango (Leyla) – 4th and PSH Bespoke (Vic) – 7th. Below Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) jumps through the water at Dauntsey – picture courtesy of Spencer Sturmey.

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PSH Bespoke (Vic) and PSH Tango (Leyla) – bottom picture (courtesy of Alex Colquhoun) continued their form at Weston Park coming 7th in the CCI** and 8th in the CCI* respectively. A fine way to round off the season and I’d like to thank our owners, helpers and support team for their continued support this year.

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July & August 2015

There have been a number of highlights for the team over the last few weeks. Gary Power’s stallions have been on great form; PSH Promise Me (Pinky) put in superb double clears at Barbury CIC**, Hartpury CCI** (below) and Gatcombe CIC**.

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His stable mate PSH Bespoke (Vic) had impressive performances at Barbury CIC** and kept up his form in August coming 3rd at Aston-Le-Walls intermediate and 5th at Somerford Park. He then finished 11th at Gatcombe CIC**, which again shows how much he’s come on this season.

I was thrilled with The Masters Apprentice (Archie) at Aston-Le-Walls who finished 9th in his advanced section. Treloar (Theo) went well in the 8 / 9 year old advanced section at Aston-Le-Walls setting him up perfectly for Hartpury CCI** (below), which he completed with another double clear. He heads to Blenheim CIC*** this week following a double clear in the intermediate at Gatcombe last weekend.

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Kangasong (Joey) also joins Trealoar (Theo) at Blenheim in the CCI*** for the third year running. We’re always slightly limited on prep runs with Joey but based on the last two years we’re hoping that’s the way he likes to roll!

Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) remains my mount for the masters’ gate jumping at Blenheim. We’re going for our third title (no pressure)!

May & June 2015

Missing Badminton on Kangasong (Joey) due to my broken leg was a major disappointment but on the plus side it healed extremely quickly. Never one to sit around I kept busy in the gym and swimming to stay fit. The team kept the horses going so as soon the doctor gave me the all clear I was back in the saddle. A few quieter weeks also allowed us to get our new kit sorted – thank you to my sponsors and Stitched Equestrian for our new jackets:

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I took three horses to Little Downham for my first event back and jumped three double clears: Leighland Pearl (Pearl) and The Masters Apprentice (Archie) in the OI, and also Treloar (Theo) who put our minor blip at Ballindenisk behind him with a confident cross-country in the intermediate.

The Masters Apprentice (Archie) was very impressive at Bramham in the CIC *** despite our less than perfect preparation, which was very pleasing for his owners Deborah and Martin Toogood.

Nunney was another busy event for us– Gary Powers’ PSH stallions both jumped impressive rounds in the novice. Their stable mate PSH Blue Tango (Leyla) also went well in the novice section along with the other novices Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) and CSF Cool Guy (Guy). Kalimba (Special) also had his first outing with me in the BE100 and finished just outside the placings.

Sadly my busy schedule at Nunney meant I missed the fathers’ day race at Noah’s school sports day. I watched Charles Frampton (the Heythrop Master) via Facetime take the title again but I’ll be back next year – leg and race fit!

The PSH horses were also on top form at Carlton – picking up points for double clears in the novice. My Blenheim gate jumping champ Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) also finished 6th in his novice section.

March & April 2015

The last few weeks have been incredibly busy – the most exciting news is Kangasong‘s (Joey) entry for Badminton has been accepted. However, the last few days have been a bit tense, as I’ve been struggling with a sprained ankle.

I had an unlucky tip-up with Treloar (Theo) in the cross country at Ballindenisk in the CCI**. We’re both fine (apart from my ankle) so I just need to give it plenty of rest before Badminton. Thankfully I have a great back up team and the horses are still getting plenty of work.

I’ve been pleased with how all the horses have come out this year. Gary Power’s stallions have been on great form – PSH Promise Me (Pinky) and PSH Bespoke (Vic) both jumped double clear at their first three events – Tweseldown, Aldon and Sapey. Their stable mate PSH Blue Tango (Leyla) also picked up her first BE points with double clears in the novice sections at Gatcombe and Weston Park.

It’s great to have The Master’s Apprentice (Archie) back in the team. He felt really good at Weston Park in the intermediate but unfortunately he lost a shoe on the cross-country in the CIC*** at Belton. CSF Cool Guy (Guy) has greatly improved on the flat this winter and has also had pleasing performances at his first few events.

My gate-jumping champ (from Blenheim 2014) Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) has come out a different horse this season thanks to a winter’s hunting. He’s stormed round his first few novice outings with renewed enthusiasm.

February 2015

Well, February is the shortest month and it has flown by. We started getting the horses into eventing mode with trips to the Unicorn Centre. It’s proving to be a very useful venue – only ten minutes away, a great surface, spooky jumps and a roof: perfect for those blustery days.

We’ve also been heading down to Summerhouse Equestrian Centre near Gloucester for affiliated jumping. There were good performances all round, especially for PSH Blue Tango (Leyla) and Treloar (Theo) who have both jumped some very classy rounds.

On the hunting front Larks and Sparks (Sparks) is back from his winter holiday and has been out for a couple of days. It took him a day to settle but at least he’s feeling well!

Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) and PSH Promise Me (Pinky) did top jobs for me field mastering at the Sarsden meet, which was hosted by Christopher and Amanda Brooks. The Heythrop had a large field plus visitors and hounds from the Four Burrow Hunt (Cornwall). As well as jumping a few big hedges we also had a great supper party that evening at the Plunketts. Below – leading the field on PSH Promise Me (Pinky):

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Our first dressage outing of 2015 was a successful one at Hunters in Cirencester. CSf Cool Guy (Guy) and The Masters Apprentice (Archie) produced two solid tests and Kangasong (Joey) won his second test by some margin, after an exuberant first performance.

We took a lorry load cross-country schooling at Chedworth where they’ve made some good improvements to the XC field which, I’m sure, will be appreciated by all who use it. The horses all behaved well, which I have to admit did take me by surprise!

New boy Special, aka Kalimba, has had a day’s hunting and a trip to the Unicorn Centre and is proving to be a classy horse.

On the personal fitness front I’ve been training with Calum Taylor. Fellow eventer Jonty Evans and I have been getting competitive in the gym. I’ve also been swimming, running, boxing and cycling in preparation for the season.

Kangasong (Joey) has been entered into Badminton and the first competition is next week – it’s all go!

December 2014 & January 2015

It’s been a busy start to the year hunting, training and getting the horses prepped for the coming season. I had a super day out with Beaufort Hunt with Toby Rowland who (owns and) hunts Digger when he’s not with us. I rode Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) who was very comfortable with his surroundings which bodes well for future. Below left – Prophet checking out the Badminton lake.

Below right Treloar (Theo) the perfect gent -with me Field Mastering at Daylesford House.

Away from the hunting field Trudi Robinson has been helping with the horses’ flatwork. I’ve also been out show jumping at the Unicorn with some of the youngsters getting their eye in for their first events. Time to get the entries in!

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November 2014

Hunting’s in full swing now and we’ve had some really good jumping days out with the Heythrop. Below Hilldown Prophet (Prophet)’s favourite spot up front with me at Sarsgrove (photo by Ian Tolputt – [email protected])

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Bottom picture – riding Sally Moore’s Wizard Street (Bert) and chatting to fellow event rider Roberto Scalisi on a glorious sunny day at the Heythrop meet in Idbury (photo by Fiona Scott-Maxwell).

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As well as hunting we’ve had some useful show jumping sessions at the Unicorn and Summerhouse, which both have the added benefit of being under cover.

I’m looking forward to relaxing with the family over the Christmas period and enjoying being catered for by Ellie’s parents on Christmas day. Merry Christmas and thanks again for your continued support this year.

October 2014

We had a rewarding trip to Osberton with PSH Promise Me (Pinky) in the Young Horse Championsips. We took it slowly cross-country but I was pleased with his all round performance.

We finished the eventing season off at Calmsden where PSH Bespoke (Vic) came 9th in the novice. Leighland Xavier (Xavier) and Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) had character-building runs in their novice sections.

I had a good day field mastering at Heythrop’s opening meet at Broadwell. Even though we had a large field everyone behaved themselves and it was good to be out again even on fresh horses.

Below – Gary Power’s young mare Leyla at the Heythrop opening meet and leading the field in Horse & Hound (6.11.14):

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September 2014

The pictures tell the story this month – Blenheim Horse Trials continues to be a superb event and a happy hunting ground for Team Jackson. Victoria Richards and the Brawn’s super young horse Treloar (Theo) hit the big stage completing his first CIC*** in the 8/9 year old section. He’s relatively inexperienced at this level but he coped brilliantly and showed real promise for the future.
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Despite it being his first run since Blenheim 2013, Kangasong (Jo) cruised round and successfully completed the CCI *** proving once again what a generous horse he is.

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It was nice that his performance was recognised with a mention in Horse & Hound (see 18.9.14 copy). In hindsight, it was a fairly brave decision but we all have great faith in his ability and it paid off.
 
Hilldown Prophet (Prophet) grew springs in the Masters’ gate jumping competition, clearing a staggering 1.80m, and allowing me to retain my gate jumping (sadly not my shirt) crown for the 2nd year running.
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The gate jumping at Blenheim proved a good warm up for Prophet who came 3rd at Purston manor novice the following week. Gary Power’s stallions PSH Promise Me (Pinky) and PSH Bespoke (Vic) also jumped two solid double clears.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brocka Quin (Digger) gained his 2nd point at Gatcombe, which was a nice way to round off his season before heading home for the winter. Leighland Xavier (Xavier) did a smart test (26) in the novice and jumped a confident but steady round cross-country. The stallions continued their form at Moreton Morrell with both of them finishing in the prizes – Vic 3rd and Pinky 5th in their respective novice sections. Finally, a win on catch-ride Donau VDL (due his owner being off games) in the BE 100 was a nice way to round off a busy September.

August 2014

It was the mini Jackson’s who excelled in the saddle last month. Noah and Florence both enjoyed their time at Heythrop Pony Club camp with Charlie and Beauty – see below. Noah’s main purpose was to go as fast as possible!

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Brocka Quin (Digger) picked up a number of ‘likes’ when I posted his latest picture on Facebook (see below). As you can see he flew round Somerford Park in Cheshire finishing 7th in his novice section and gaining his first BE point. Larks & Sparks (Sparks) also went double clear in the novice and Treloar (Theo) jumped double clear in the CIC** setting him up nicely for Blenheim.

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Gary Power’s stallion PSH Promise Me (Pinky) went really well finishing 4th in the novice at Sapey. Pinky, along with PSH Bespoke (Vic), also had some promising runs round the novice tracks at Homme House and West Wilts.

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