Did I say things were going to get less hectic?
Thanks to the further Federal Government funding resulting from EI, the High Performance Panel decided that any horses that had their M.E.S's that went to the two final selection trials in Europe (Pforzheim and Ach) would get their return airfares paid, regardless if they made the team or not. This is a great incentive (and a decision made during my absence from the Panel!) for those to give it a shot, so Tony Trevisan, Robynne McTaggert (owners of Bla) and I have decided to give Bla a go. She has been jumping better and better these last few shows, so I hope the improvement can continue! So we leave next Tuesday the 6th May, and will base in Germany with Tjeert Rykens, who has been the chief advisor to Tony and Robynne for their impressive band of mares and stallions at Noblewood Park.
Meanwhile Dubbo was again a lovely show last weekend. There is plenty of space, especially in the warm up, footing is great and stabling is great and safe. Warren Priestly built excellent courses all show, and this year was working with a different set of gear that was far lighter than previous years, so produced good jumping. Also the show committee is very competitor friendly, and always go to great lengths to make one feel welcome. Grant Hughes and I did our best to make sure the older generation kept our end up with Grant being Champion Jumping Rider, but we were pushed by the likes of young Jack Maunder, who took out Champion Jumper with one of his many bay horses. Grant was 1st and 2nd in the Grand Prix with his exciting Daley K youngster Blackall Park Atlantis, and Yakkity Yak, Bla jumped great to be 3rd, and Irish was 5th, with the only other placing going to Julia Hargreaves on Verticle Horizon.
Cassie also jumped super to win 2 of the C and D Grade classes, and new recruit Sparky, who belongs to my former groom Tommi Peters, jumped promising 4 fault rounds in the D Grades. Good fields in all classes, with about 50 in the Cand D grades, and 15 to 20 in the A and B grades. Nakita and Maybe jumped some good rounds in the 1.20 classes, with a 3rd on the first day, but the step up to the 1.30, 1.40 Power and Speed exposed the flaws in the mare's flatwork that we are working on.
So stay posted for OS updates!!