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Happy New Year

I have to say I’m really looking forward to 2010 – hopefully most of the bad weather and snow is behind us and we can get all the horses out and about again.

I’ve got some great rides this year some of which will hopefully be upgrading to advance to join Up With The Lark (Max). He’s on great form at the moment and is heading to the UK Stallion Expo event in a couple weeks, which has been put on to showcase British breeding. He’ll spend most of the spring at stud and then concentrate on eventing later on in the year.

Jagganath (Jack) is back from his post Le Lion holiday and is feeling well. He’ll be aiming at a CIC 3 star this year along with Kangasong (Joey) who’s back in work after having some time off.

I’m also lucky enough to have been given the ride on a lovely new horse called Yorkie’s Delight. He’s owned by Katha Wood and has competed up to intermediate level with his previous rider and will be looking to build up his form.

Peppermill (Milly) has been with me all winter and is coming on nicely – she’s rising six now and will be aiming at novice level this year. Deborah and Martin Toogood’s horse Masters Apprentice (Archie) will also join Milly on the novice circuit. He’s been hunting this winter which I’m hoping will have ironed out some of his little quirks!

Other youngsters I’m looking forward to bringing on this year include (Windmill) Lola – who did some Burghley Young Event horse classes last year and Wonderwall (Wally) – my father-in-law’s horse who’s half brother to Joey.

Lousie (my head girl) has done a brilliant job over the winter keeping the horses ticking over – especially as we abandoned her for two weeks while we went on holiday. My brother lives in New York and got married just before Christmas, then we headed down to Florida to enjoy some “not so sunny weather” (you can’t have it all) but it was still great fun.

I seem to be buried in paper work at the moment – lots of registrations and forms to fill out but thank goodness for internet entries…better get on with it!

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Up With The Best

Up With The Lark (Max) is proving his class again this year with a top ten placing at his second advanced at Chatsworth. He did a lovely test, had one down show jumping and was brave and confident round a very testing cross country track. He also performed a beautiful test and clear show jumping round at Withington advanced with an unlucky step back at the bank costing us a top five placing.He’s now off to West Kington Stud for the next few weeks before returning to us to get ready for Hartpury CIC three star in August.

 

Jagganath (Jack) had his first run at Withington and having settled his head went on to shine in the intermediate at Hambledon finishing 3rd. In fact it was a busy weekend – I had six horses running, which resulted in some very early starts! Louise my head girl was great and made sure all the horses were turned out beautifully and kept them relaxed while we were whizzing about.

I am so pleased with the The Masters Apprentice (Archie) at the moment, not only did he come 6th in the CIC one star at Hambledon, he won the novice at Broadway the week before. I am thrilled for his owners Martin and Deborah Toogood (whose yard we’re based at), as he’s taken a while to ‘get it together’ and their patience is finally paying off.

Downleadon (Minx) was another one to get in the ribbons at Withington and Hambledon. Her flat work and cross country are consistent as ever, with just the odd pole show jumping costing her the top spots.  Katha Wood’s Yorkie’s Delight (Yorkie) is building up his confidence and I’m really encouraged by the way he’s progressing. He also had good runs at Withington and Aston-Le-Walls.

As well as being busy with the more experienced horses the youngsters have also been out competing. Windmill (Lola), who I did some Burghley Young Event horse classes on last year, is back and has successfully completed her first two BE 100 events.

Chantelle Souness’ Favola I Van Berkenbroeck (Poppy to her friends) has gone double clear at her first four events. I’ve also been lucky enough to have been given the ride on an impressive young horse called W Iridium (Viz) who’s previously been ridden by Owen Moore. He’s gone double clear at his last two events finishing second in the BE 100 at Broadway and will now upgrade to novice.

Pepper Mill (Milly) is looking and feeling great at the moment but is yet to hit form …an unlucky tip up at Sapey resulted in me being ‘blown up’ by my air jacket. A sharp reminder one can never get too confident in this game!

Despite this, I am very fortunate to have such a great team of horses this year and it’s really encouraging to have had some good runs already. Hopefully I can catch up on some sleep this week after some unsociable times, although with a two year old in the house I doubt it. Noah has learnt how to climb out of his cot and couldn’t work out why we weren’t happy to see him at 5.30am this morning….

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