Things getting back to normal on all fronts. Christmas was quiet, but pleasant, principally spent training the two Japanese girls Rikako and Mariko, who were both extremely willing, talented and diligent students despite our language problems. Then Nakita Barbour arrived from Perth, and has proved a great assett, riding and training horses under my very fussy supervision, but she is well up to the task! Christine Wenham is also back, and world order is restored.
First up was Sydney Jump Club's first day for 6 months, and it was swelteringly hot, and reminded us all why, really, we had pretty much decided to have January off under normal circumstances! I took Blatini, Irish and Cassie who all jumped very well despite the heat. It was good to catch up with Edwina Alexander and partner Jan Tops who were in Australia for a holiday, and time with Edwina's family. Good to hear of the exciting new purchase of French superstar Itot du Chateau, with whom Edwina hopes to qualify for the Aussie team for Hong Kong.
Next weekend Jeremy and Janine Inglis ran their first show at their lovely property Junester Park, which is a stone's throw from their original family property, Parkview, where so many good shows were held in the 90's by the Inglis family. Jeremy and Janine have created a fabulous grass arena, with plenty of room for the warm up and truck parking. Although again a hot weekend, at least being close to the coast, there was a sea breeze in the afternoon both days to alleviate the heat. Heath Ryan dominated classes of 1.15 and under, but Nakita did a great job to win the 70 cm class, from 50 horses, on my first born Premier child, Nike, who had spent Christmas training the Japanese girls, then has been taken on by Nakita, and has proven to have an exceptional temp erament for a 5 year old. I had a great show, Ricci winning the 1.25 class, and Irish coming 2nd to Chris Chugg and his superstar Vivant in the 1.35. Cassie was 2nd in the 1.15, and Sue Middleton's lovely little mare, Roxy, who is with me for schooling, was 2nd and 3rd in the 90cm and 1 m classes. So it was fun to be back competing again, and big congratulations to Jeremy and Janine for having the courage to run the first post EI Purple Zone show. We now have to live with a bit of paperwork, but with some luck the whole EI nightmare looks like being resolved in the next few months. Bring it on..