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8 April 2008

No rest after Sydney Royal, with lots of lessons happening, a couple of more horses to train, so days are pretty full.  Krissy Harris finally managed to have her show the weekend after Sydney Royal, and being just up the road, it was convenient to pop up each day.  We'd have ridden them up, but then there was nowhere to tie them up!  CASSIE continued on from her good Sydney Show form to win the 1.20 class on Sunday from Marissa Moore's lovely mare TRIPLE TREAT.  Meanwhile Nakita Barber popped around some small classes on our new recruit, Tommi Peter's SPARKY, and Carrie Innes and Lee Warneke jumped some good rounds on FAVOURITE and PUZZLE.  Poor Tarryn Innes couldn't ride as SILVER CENTRE developed a leg infection overnight, and had a very sore paw on Saturday morning.  His timing sucked...

 Copabella the next week a lovely show as always.  IRISH jumped his socks off to win the Grand Prix on Sunday, which was lucky for him, as I was none too pleased with him when he spooked coming off the tailboard of the truck while unloading that morning and knocked me flying!  I still have the cuts and scrapes on my elbow and knee.  But at least he knew how to make it up to me.  BLATINI also jumped super, now seemingly happy and comfortable in a snaffle gag with 2 reins, and ended up 5th in the class.  CASSIE had a rail down in each of her 2 classes, and was a bit backed off after all her bigger jumping lately, so will go a bit more quietly with her for a few shows.  Was absolutely delighted though that Greer Butcher and ELIZA JANE made a stunning debut with a 2nd in the Young Riders Ch'ship, the Butchers having only picked up Jane on Thursday afternoon, and then with a lovely 4 fault round in the Mini Prix.  Danni had won the Young Rider class on the Saturday with LANDSONG.  Also great to see Rebecca Seckold, now the mother of 2 young children win the Amateur Ch'ship on her thoroughbred COOL CUSTOMER, a very well deserved win

 Photos from Copabella, INFATUATION:

Vicki competing on INFATUATION

...and NOBLEWOOD PARK BLATINI:

Vicki competing on NOBLEWOOD PARK BLATINI

Good crowds again at the show, and great to see interstaters supporting it, with Amy Graham winning the big class on Saurday with her import TRANSATLANTIC, and Becky Allen 3rd in the Grand Prix with Aussie bred KOYUNA TED.  Thanks to the massive efforts of John Vallance and Jane Frankum, who are coordinating the organization of these three great shows, Copabella, JK Williams and then the Nat Ch'ships at SIEC.  These guys will need to sleep for a week after the 20th April.
 
Great to hear on the OS front that Edwina Alexander and her new pony ITOT got their MES, and Laurie and Paul jumped some great rounds on DAN and NICKLAUS, so it's all coming together for all those guys.

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